Moeen Ali’s claims that he was called ‘Osama’ by an Australian cricketer in 2015 are ‘incredibly disappointing’, admits ex-pace bowler Jason Gillespie
- Former Australian bowler Jason Gillespie is ‘disappointed’ at Moeen Ali’s claims
- The England all-rounder revealed in his book he was called ‘Osama’ in 2015
- Ali claims an unnamed Australian used the term in a 2015 Ashes Test in Cardiff
Former Australia pace bowler Jason Gillespie has described claims from Moeen Ali that he was called ‘Osama’ by an unnamed opponent during an Ashes Test as ‘incredibly disappointing’.
The England all-rounder claimed in his autobiography that he had been subjected to the taunt by an Australia player during the first Test of the 2015 series in Cardiff.
Moeen said the player denied the claims at the time, but Cricket Australia has vowed to investigate, saying it is taking the allegation ‘very seriously.’
Moeen Ali claims he was called ‘Osama’ by an Australian player during the 2015 Ashes
The England all-rounder says the incident occurred during the first Ashes Test in Cardiff
Sussex coach Gillespie, who played 71 Tests for Australia, said on BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘I haven’t read Moeen’s book, so it would be remiss of me to comment on that, however they’re pretty disappointing allegations I suppose.
‘I think Cricket Australia are doing their due diligence by coming out and saying they will investigate these things further.
‘But certainly if those things are true they are incredibly disappointing and I’d like to think that as a society, as a sport, we’ve moved on from that sort of carry on.’
He added: ‘Certainly as a former player you don’t want to be hearing this sort of stuff come out, so let’s let Cricket Australia do their due diligence and do their investigations and until then it’s very difficult to comment.’
Ex- Australian bowler Jason Gillespie described Moeen’s claims as ‘incredible disappointing’