In the past couple of days, it has emerged that an Australian cricketer referred to Moeen Ali as ‘Osama’ during the first test of the 2015 Ashes.
The allegation has been made by Moeen in his upcoming autobiography. Here’s the full extract from Mo’s book...
"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.
"I told a couple of the guys what the player had said to me and I think Trevor Bayliss [the England coach] 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'."
The Australian cricketer isn’t named. A decision made by Moeen to apparently protect him from public backlash.
It’s yet another taint on a poorly disciplined Australian cricket team in the recent years. Cricket Australia have already responded to the allegations by conducting a full investigation.
Watch this space.