Mooen didn’t want action over ‘Osama’ comment
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.