MOEEN ALI stopped his outraged team-mates reporting the Australia player who allegedly called him “Osama” in the 2015 Ashes opener.
England head coach Trevor Bayliss revealed only Moeen’s desire not to make a fuss prevented a full-scale row in Cardiff.
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He also said he mentioned the incident to Aussie coach Darren Lehmann but heard nothing more.
Bayliss, who arrived back home in Australia on Friday for a two-week break before England’s tour of Sri Lanka, said: “Mo didn’t want it to go any further. He’s a very softly spoken sort of a bloke. He doesn’t want to create too many problems.
“Other players wanted to take it further but he talked them into not taking it any further.
“I didn’t get a response from Darren. I just left it with him to sort out.”
Moeen had an extraordinary day on Saturday. In the morning, extracts from his book sent shock waves across the globe and Cricket Australia promised a probe into his claims of racial abuse.
Twelve hours later, captain Moeen starred with bat and ball as Worcestershire won T20 Blast finals day for the first time.
Asked to comment on Cricket Australia’s investigation, Moeen replied: “I don’t actually want to talk about that — this is Worcestershire’s day.
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“Maybe another time.”
He has not named the alleged culprit, though use of the word “Osama” is perceived as a reference to dead Islamic terrorist Osama bin Laden.
Moeen says the player claimed he said “part-timer”, not “Osama”.