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Harry Brook reveals Moeen Ali’s injury status after groin pull on Day 1 at The Oval: Not looking too good

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By India Today Sports Desk: England all-rounder Moeen Ali injured his groin while batting on Day 1 of the final Ashes 2023 Test match, currently being played at the Oval. Ali, England’s frontline spinner in the Test match could not come out to bowl in the final session of the match after England were bundled out for 283 on Day 1. Harry Brook, who was batting with Moeen at the time updated on the all-rounder’s injury status and said that it was not looking good.

“He’s not looking too good at the minute, hopefully, he can come and bowl some overs for us. He’s been a vital player for us, he’s a top player, hopefully, he gets better soon,” Brook said on BBC.

Moeen, who had been out of Test cricket since 2021 has had an injury-marred series, first bruising his finger and now with the injury that could potentially rule him out of the match. The batter added 34 runs to the England total and looked to be aggressive after his injury. Brook revealed that he asked the batter to do what he does best – counterattack and asked him why he had not been doing that in this Test match.

“He’s one of the best power hitters in the world so there’s not many better men to have out there if you want him to go and smack it. The way he went about it after his injury was perfect. We could have easily got [some singles], because they started to put everybody back as soon as he played a few big shots, but he was in a lot of pain so there weren’t going to be many twos,” Brook told The Guardian.

The England middle-order batter top-scored himself with an aggressive 85 off 91 balls. Brook has been sensational since the Lord’s controversy and has hit half-centuries in the last 2 Test matches. The batter continued the good work and counter-attacked the Australian side, who had been looking menacing throughout the day. Speaking about the batter former England cricketer Michael Vaughan said that Brook reminded him of Kevin Pietersen.

“Harry Brook is right up there, Kevin Pietersen was the best. In the era I played, Pietersen dealt with them. I’m looking at Harry Brook in a similar way, he deals with them really well. He’s a great guy to have in the dressing room,” Vaughan said about the batter.

At the end of day’s play, Australia were 61/1 with Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne in the crease. They trailed England by 222 runs.

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