England allrounder Moeen Ali’s allegation that he was racially abused by an Australian player during the 2015 Ashes is set to be followed up by Cricket Australia, reports Cricket.com.au.
Moeen, who is of Islamic faith, made the claim in his soon-to-be released autobiography, from which an excerpt appeared in UK newspaper The Times. The alleged abuse occurred during the first Test of the series in Cardiff, in which the Englishman made a fine Ashes debut, scoring 77 and taking five wickets in a comfortable win for the hosts.“It was a great first Ashes Test in terms of my personal performance,” Moeen wrote. “However there was one incident which had distracted me.
“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.”