Australia to probe Moeen’s ‘ Osama’ claim
Cricket Australia is to seek clarifi cation from the ECB about an incident when Moeen Ali says he was called Osama by an Australian player during an Ashes Test in 2015.
The England all- rounder, who is Muslim, made the allegation in his autobiography, which is being serialised in The Times, saying the apparent reference to Osama bin Laden came during his Ashes debut in Cardiff.
“An Australian player turned to me on the fi eld and said: ‘ Take that, Osama’,” he recalled. “I could not believe what I had heard. I remember going really red. I have never been so angry on a cricket fi eld.
“I told a couple of the guys what the player had said to me and I think [ England coach] 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 had to take the player’s word for it, though for the rest of the match I was angry.”
Moeen, who scored 92 runs and took fi ve wickets as England won the match on their way to series triumph, said he spoke to the Australian at the end of the series and received another denial that the player had used the word Osama.
A Cricket Australia official told cricket. com. au that the body would seek further clarifi cation from the England and Wales Cricket Board “as a matter of urgency”.
“Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and have no place in our sport, or in society,” the offi cial said. “We have a clear set of values and behaviours that comes with representing our country. We take this matter very seriously.”
Moeen, who endured a miserable 2017- 18 Ashes series, said in another extract from the book that he had no sympathy for the three Australian cricketers banned this year and found the whole team rude .