Head coach Trevor Bayliss has revealed that England all-rounder Moeen Ali didn't want to aggravate the claims of being shambolically called "Osama" by one of the Australian players during an Ashes 2015 game.
Bayliss has said that Moeen, who has written about the incident in detail in his autobiography, didn't actually want the issue to heighten further during that Cardiff Test. Now though, with the comments getting published, Cricket Australia has been forced to investigate deeper into the matter.
Bayliss also spoke to the then, Australian head coach Darren Lehmann about it, who after having questioned the player, received a reply which stated him calling Moeen a "part-timer" and not "Osama". Bayliss and the English team management didn't make any official ICC complaint at the time but the issue can still be discussed and resolved with the game's governing body and it's law involved.
Bayliss was quoted telling Sydney's Daily Telegraph about the serious issue as, "No, he(Moeen) 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 for anyone. There were other players in the team who wanted to take it further but he talked them into not taking it any further."
Bayliss also said that there was quite disgracefully no action taken against the player by the opposition camp at the time, even after their coach being made aware of what transpired.
Bayliss further said, "Well I didn't get a response. I just left it with Darren to sort out one way or the other. I didn't hear any response, but everything was dealt with then." he added, "I'm not going to make too much of it. It was bloody three years ago, let's move on. (Cricket Australia) can do what they like I suppose - everyone has sort of forgotten about it and moved on since then. I don't see it as any real big deal."
"It was a hard-fought series…you're not party to what goes on out on the field and certainly nothing else was reported or anything through that series so we just left it at that." and signed off.
(Inputs from Cricket Next)