England v Australia - LV= Insurance Ashes 1st Test Match: Day 5
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Moeen Ali of England looks on during Day Five of the LV= Insurance Ashes 1st Test match between England and Australia at Edgbaston on June 20, 2023 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
England v Australia - LV= Insurance Ashes 1st Test Match: Day 5

England is nervously waiting on the news of off-spinner Moeen Ali after he injured his groin while running between the wickets early on day one of the final Ashes Test.

Ali's injury has the potential to put an early end to the 36-year-old's unexpected Ashes campaign.

Moeen was visibly in discomfort, with England's medical staff to continue to monitor the bowler's issue ahead of day two.

Ali, who is likely playing in his farewell Test, remains a key player for England as it looks to tie the series at 2-2. Despite Australia already retaining the Ashes, the importance of a series result remains at the forefront of the minds of the English side.

The off-spinner was called out of retirement leading into summer as a result of an unfortunate injury to the in-form Jack Leach.

Moeen's decision to continue raised concerns that he might be aware that his chances of bowling the final Test were slim. He immediately switched into an attacking stance, scoring 23 runs from the next nine deliveries.

Harry Brook, who combined with Moeen for a 111-run partnership, spoke on the interaction they had after the injury.

"That was his decision really," said Brook.

"As soon as the physio left the pitch he was like 'should I just tee off now' and I said 'you should've been doing that from the start'.

"He is one of the best power hitters in the world and we have seen that in franchise cricket and white-ball cricket.

"Obviously he was in a fair bit of pain ... hopefully later in the game he might have a bit of a role to play."

Given Moeen is ruled out of bowling, the home side is likely to rely on former captain Joe Root to carry the load, a role he embraced earlier in the series.

England will hope the decision to play four seamers in Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson pays its dividends.

Australia is currently looking sharp at 1/61 after an eventful first day that saw both sides have their moments.

Although the touring side was able to bowl out their opponents for 283 runs, a handful of dropped catches cast an overhanging cloud on what was an impressive bowling display.

Australia hopes to capitalise on a quality day one at The Oval with the overarching goal of claiming a convincing touring Ashes victory.