Ashes 2017: Moeen Ali receives racism comments from Australian crowd

Moeen Ali will lead England in a two-day game against a CAXI, starting on Saturday.

Nathan Lyon has dismissed Moeen Ali on all four occasions so far in the Ashes 2017-18 | Getty Images

England all-rounder Moeen Ali, on Friday, revealed that he has faced some racist taunts by Australian crowd while fielding during the ongoing Ashes 2017-18.

The Australian crowd has failed to fluster him one bit, as Moeen, who failed to fire in the ongoing Ashes series so far, said that such sledge doesn't faze him at all.

As per News.Com.Au, Moeen Ali said, “Somebody asked me what time my kebab shop opened, but that is about it. It’s nothing major. From the crowd, you get quite a bit. You get some good ones and you get some not so good guys but you take it on the chin. As much as sometimes you feel you want to [respond], you can’t afford to do that. I just like to get on with my own game, and it doesn’t faze me whatsoever.”

So far in the Ashes series, the 30-year-old all-rounder has failed to find his rhythm and struggled with both bat and ball, managed a top score of 40 and just two wickets to his name in the two Tests.

England already trailed with 0-2 in the five-Test Ashes series and the third Test of the series is scheduled to play in Perth from 14 December, and the star all-rounder said they need to replicate their performance of 2013 here to win the third Ashes Test.

Ali concluded by saying, “This was the week we all fancied England to take something from.  In Perth, the ball won't swing like this (in Adelaide). We are now looking like we did in 2013, like we did in 2006-07, you look at this England side, and realistically, can you see them winning a Test match? I think it's going to be very difficult to win a Test match on this tour.”


By Rashmi Nanda - 09 Dec, 2017

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