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England all-rounder Moeen Ali claims in his autobiography he was called ‘Osama’ by an unnamed Australia player during an Ashes Test in 2015.

Moeen Ali reflects on abuse he received from Australians during 2015 Ashes

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England all-rounder Moeen Ali claims he was called “Osama” by an Australian opponent during his Ashes debut in 2015.

Moeen, who scored 77 runs in the first innings and took five wickets in the match as England won the series opener in Cardiff, alleges the unnamed player compared him to terrorist Osama bin Laden during an on-field exchange.

Writing in his autobiography, which is being serialised in The Times, Moeen 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 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 player involved denied making the slur when confronted about it.

“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,” Moeen added.

“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 for there is a world of difference between the words ‘Osama’ and ‘part-timer’.

“Although I couldn’t have mistaken ‘part-timer’ for ‘Osama’, obviously I had to take the player’s word for it, though for the rest of the match I was angry.”

Moeen Ali in action during the Ashes series in 2015

Moeen revealed that after the series, during which he said the Australia team “refused to talk to or even acknowledge us”, he spoke to the player.

Moeen said: “He came up to me and said, ‘I know what you thought I said, but I didn’t say that. I’ve got Muslim friends and some of my best friends are Muslims’.

“I did not argue with him. But I was so clear that is what he said. Why should I invent it out of the blue? I’ve got nothing against him. I have never had any fights with him before. I did not even know the guy. And I thought his denial was a standard response.”

Cricket Australia says it is taking Moeen’s claims “very seriously”.

Ali celebrating with the Ashes urn

A Cricket Australia spokesperson said on Saturday, according to www.cricket.com.au: “Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and have no place in our sport, or in society.

“We have a clear set of values and behaviours that comes with representing our country.

“We take this matter very seriously, and are following up with the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) as a matter of urgency to seek further clarification around the alleged incident.”

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The Ashes
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