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Spinner Ali could miss Lord's test

Moeen Ali could miss out. Credit: PA

England will make a late call on Moeen Ali's fitness for the second Ashes Test at Lord's, but captain Alastair Cook expects the all-rounder to be ready.

Moeen played a key role in the series opening success at Cardiff, hitting a brisk 77 in the first innings and picking up five wickets in the match.

But he felt some soreness in his side after the four-day win, raising concerns over a possible relapse of the injury that sidelined him earlier this year.

England handed Moeen a reduced training schedule on Tuesday, but Cook played down the issue after the Worcestershire man took a more active role in the eve-of-match net session.

"He felt his side a tiny bit after the last game and, with his previous history, the medical team were wrapping him in cotton wool," he said.

Moeen will be replaced by Adil Rashid if he can't prove his fitness.