Cricket Australia To Investigate Moeen Ali's 'Osama' Accusations

| September 15 , 2018 , 16:22 IST

England all-rounder Moeen Ali alleges that he was subjected to racial abuse by an unnamed Australian player, who called him 'Osama' during the 2015 Ashes series.

Moeen revealed that the incident took place in the 1st Test in Cardiff, which England won by 169 runs with Moeen scoring a crucial 77 apart from picking five wickets.

According to media reports, Moeen Ali said, "It was a great first Ashes Test in terms of my personal performance. However there was one incident which had distracted me, an Australian player had turned to me on the field and said, 'Take that, Osama.' I could not believe what I had heard. I remember going really red. I have never been so angry on a cricket field."

The English player spoke about the incident to England coach Trevor Bayliss raised the issue with his Australian counterpart, Darren Lehmann.

Moeen Ali further revealed that "I told a couple of the guys what the player had said to me and I think Trevor Bayliss must have raised it with Darren Lehmann, the Australians' coach. Lehmann asked the player, 'Did you call Moeen Osama?' He denied it, saying, 'No, I said, 'Take that, you part-timer.'' I must say I was amused when I heard that, obviously I had to take the player's word for it, though for the rest of the match I was angry."

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The English all-rounder also said that he was subjected to further racial slurs from the Australian crowd during the Ashes tour down under last year, saying he got abused even during practice games.

"Guys were sticking their fingers up at me," he wrote. "I expected Australia to be quite rough, but not as bad as this. I hadn't heard such comments for a long time. I got some of this abuse even in the practice games," Ali added.

The 31-years old also added that "The first game I ever played against them, in Sydney, just before the 2015 World Cup, they were not just going hard at you, they were almost abusing you. That was the first time it hit me. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, but the more I played against them they were just as bad, the Ashes here (in 2015) they were worse actually."