Mooen didn’t want ac­tion over ‘Osama’ com­ment

The West Australian - - SPORT - Ben Horne Syd­ney

Eng­land coach Trevor Bayliss says Moeen Ali stopped an­gry team­mates from lodg­ing an of­fi­cial com­plaint against the Aus­tralian player who he al­leges called him “Osama” dur­ing the 2015 Ashes se­ries.

Bayliss con­firmed he took the al­le­ga­tion to Aus­tralian coach Dar­ren Lehmann dur­ing the first Test in Cardiff. But that’s as far as the is­sue went.

Eng­land’s Aus­tralian-born coach says he never per­son­ally got a re­sponse from Lehmann, but says he feels com­fort­able that the mat­ter was dealt with.

Moeen has writ­ten in his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy that he felt he had to take the Aus­tralian at his word at the time, af­ter it came back to him that the player had de­nied say­ing “Take that, Osama” and in­stead claimed he’d sledged, “Take that you, part-timer”.

Bayliss said Moeen did not want the in­ci­dent re­ported to the match ref­eree.

“There was other play­ers in the team who wanted to take it fur­ther but he talked them into not tak­ing it any fur­ther,” Bayliss said.

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