Moeen Ali referred ‘Osama’ by an Australian cricketer during Ashes 2015

"I have never been so angry on a cricket field."

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali of England bats. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Australian cricketers are known for their undesired antics on the cricket pitch owing to which they have been criticised a number of times. They turn no stones down in getting under the opponent’s skins. Recently, Moeen Ali, the English all-rounder, expressed his hatred towards the same and didn’t mince any words in saying that he doesn’t have any sort of respect for the Aussies.

Furthermore, the 31-year-old also remarked that he has no sympathies for David Warner, Steve Smith, and Cameron Bancroft, who were handed suspensions by Cricket Australia (CA) owing to their involvement in the shambolic ball-tampering scandal at Cape Town in South Africa earlier this year in March that sent shockwaves around the cricketing fraternity.

I have never been so angry on a cricket field

Lately, Moeen revealed about an incident when he was referred by the name of Osama Bin Laden, the founder of militant organisation Al Qaeda, who was shot to death by the US armed forces back in 2011. The cricketer mentioned the incident to have occurred during the 2015 Ashes in England. Thereafter, he complained about the incident after which the Australian player denied the allegations.

“An Australian player had turned to me on the field and said, ‘Take that, Osama.’ 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 must have raised it with Darren Lehmann, the Australians’ coach,” Ali wrote in The Times.

“Lehmann asked the player, ‘Did you call Moeen Osama?’ He denied it, saying, ‘No, I said. Take that, you 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,” the Birmingham-born cricketer added.

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