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England learn from Ashes tune-ups: Moeen

Moeen Ali insists he won't be underdone for the Ashes and that England won't be underprepared for the five-Test series that starts next week.

Moeen, who missed England's tour games in Perth and Adelaide, is set to return from a side strain this week in Townsville.

The visitors face a youthful Cricket Australia XI in a four-day game that starts on Wednesday.

As was the case at the WACA and Adelaide Oval earlier this month, it will be a far cry from the scene - and quality of opposition - they'll confront at the Gabba next Thursday.

But Moeen feels England have already gained plenty from the low-key start to their tour.

"The games have been really good for us. We were in trouble a couple of times in those games, it was a bit of a reality check for us to make sure we get back into our game," the offspinning allrounder told reporters in Queensland.

Regarding his own fitness, Moeen said he was "ready to go".

The visitors' trouble facing the pink ball in Adelaide prompted CA XI coach Ryan Harris to suggest their batsmen were vulnerable, especially given the absence of game-breaking allrounder Ben Stokes.

Like England, Australia's batting order is far from settled. The hosts have also endured plenty of chaotic collapses during the past year.

"Same as us probably," Moeen said, when asked if Australia's batting order was vulnerable.

Darren Lehmann was in Adelaide to observe England's struggles against the CA XI.

"He's got enough information as it is," CA XI paceman Gurinder Sandhu said, when asked if he's passed on some notes to the national coach.

"They're a very good team (England).

"That (eroding the visitors' confidence) maybe happens naturally if we get a few cheeky wickets and what not.

"It's nothing we look to do but if we're trying to win, that's going to happen naturally."

© AAP 2017

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