Moeen had missed the first two warm-up games at Perth and Adelaide but feels that injury layovers can sometimes be a boon in disguise.
"The opposition has been quite good", said Moeen. "It's just a slight strain on my side from throwing. I can't wait to put my whites on and start performing, getting a bit of game time in my system and then I'll be ready to play at the Gabba". We have got four days of cricket ahead.
Anderson, England's vice-captain, would then replace Curran in the first Test XI, and Garton would return to the Lions squad practising in Brisbane.
England is also resigned to being without Ben Stokes for the Test series, as he remains at home pending the outcome of a police investigation into a street fight in late September.
There is still the on-going uncertainty surrounding England's star player, Ben Stokes, who's in the United Kingdom while a criminal investigation continues.
While Moeen was keeping the crocodiles safely at arm's length at the Billabong Sanctuary Native Wildlife Park in Townsville, a two-hour flight away south in Brisbane Mitchell Starc was already talking a fierce game on behalf of Australia's pace bowlers. It's something you have to block out. "I know it will be tough, but I've always backed my ability".
England wasted little time in sealing a 192-run win against a Cricket Australia XI on Saturday in its Ashes tour match in Adelaide. - AFP, the venue for the second Test which gets underway on December 2.
"With the Stokesy situation I've probably got to go up the order by one, but my aim as a cricketer is to get up the order as high as I can, maybe push into a role at five or six", said Moeen.