Worcestershire Rapids have received a boost with Moeen Ali cleared by England to play in Friday's home NatWest T20 Blast clash with Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

Chief executive David Leatherdale confirmed the Rapids had been given the green light for Moeen to play in the New Road encounter which gets underway at 5.30pm.

Moeen has made a big impact already in this season's competition in helping the Rapids to the top of the North Group at the half-way stage of the 14 match programme.

The 28-year-old scored 90 in the first clash with the Steelbacks at Wantage Road and last Friday smashed a rapid 65 in the home win over Derbyshire Falcons.

Friday's appearance will be his sixth in succession for the Rapids – an unexpected but welcome bonus after he was released by England to prepare with his county for the Ashes.

Moeen will link up with his international team-mates after Friday's game.

They are flying out to Spain on Saturday for a training camp to prepare for the five match series with Michael Clarke's side.