Steve Finn ruled out of England's Ashes team

Adelaide: England paceman Steve Finn is out of the looming Ashes series against Australia because of a knee injury.

Finn had already been ruled out of England's tour match in Adelaide against a Cricket Australia XI, but will return home within days after suffering a knee injury while training in Perth last week.

Scans have revealed the tall seamer has torn cartilage in his left knee.

England is yet to announce a replacement for Finn, who was a late call-up to the touring squad to replace all-rounder Ben Stokes.

The tourists are preparing for their second tour match in Australia still uncertain whether Stokes will eventually join them Down Under.

The four day match in Adelaide will be played with a pink ball, their only warm-up before the historic day-night Test at the same venue.

Spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali is set to miss with a side strain, but is poised to return for England's final pre-series match in Townsville. Coach Trevor Bayliss also said his front-line bowlers would be managed ahead of the first Test.

Bayliss said England had largely settled on their preferred XI for the first Test at the Gabba, which is little over two weeks away, with the exception of one batting position and one fast bowling spot.

"There's a little bit of competition from within, which is good," Bayliss said.

The biggest question mark is over Stokes, stood down indefinitely by the England & Wales Cricket Board pending a police investigation into an alleged assault in Bristol in September.

Despite reports that police findings were close, England team management maintained there was no clear timeframe in regard to a decision on the all-rounder.

Bayliss said his team was not counting on Stokes joining the tour. "I haven't spoken or heard of anything since we've been here," Bayliss said.

"If we concentrate on that, wondering if he is coming or not, that might take the focus off what we're trying to achieve. We have just been going about preparing with the players we've got here. If he happens to turn up at some stage, it's a bonus.

"If he doesn't, bad luck, we'll just get on with what we've got."

Stuart Broad said that Stokes' impact was being felt, even in his absence. "You can't replace the cricketer because he catches, bats and bowls."

"[But] his character is still within this team, he has been part of the leadership group for a few years now, has been a very tough competitor but someone who puts his arm around people.

"The characteristics he has shown have rubbed off on other people. He, without sounding airy-fairy, is still within this group even though he is not here in Australia. It is hard to cover him as a cricketer, but you need other experienced, senior players to step up and make it their series."

England have brought an inexperienced batting line-up to Australia, with little experience on bouncy Australian pitches.

But Bayliss thought the conditions would actually be favourable to his team. "I think the little bit faster wickets will actually suit all of our batters. When we have struggled a little bit it's when the ball hasn't been coming on," Bayliss said.

While day-night Test cricket was only introduced two summers ago, Australia are relatively experienced at the caper, having played three home Tests with the pink Kookaburra ball. England have played just one day-night Test, thrashing the West Indies at Edgbaston earlier this year. That match was played with a Dukes ball, which Bayliss said had caused some issues for his bowlers.

"They said with the Dukes one they weren't sure which way it was going. They were trying to move it one way and it'd actually go the other way," he said.

"That's why we've got this game, to see what happens with the pink ball."

with AAP

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