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England captain Joe Root has made it abundantly clear that all-rounder Moeen Ali has the full support of all his teammates when it comes to his claims of being racially abused.
Root’s comments come after Ali, in his forthcoming autobiography, alleged that an Australia player called him “Osama” during the 2015 Ashes series.
In his book, Moeen claimed that the incident occurred during the first Ashes Test in Cardiff in July 2015.
While Moeen refused to name the player who made the alleged remarks, Cricket Australia have since announced that they will be launching an investigation into the incident.
“He’s such a good guy, everybody loves having him around,” Root told Sky Sports. “He adds so much to the dressing room environment and obviously as part of the tight-knit team we are – we all get on so well together – you’re always there for each other. Mo will know he’s got that whole dressing room behind him.”
Meanwhile, Root also hinted that Moeen will continue batting at the No. 3 spot during England’s winter tours to Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
“He’s given himself the best opportunity that’s for sure. All he can do is continue to work hard, keep playing as he has,” Root said. “To perform like that coming back from and England Test series and the expectation there it just shows the class of the player.
“The beauty of me going up to number three was I found out my preferred position is at number four. It’s important we can build around that now and I can get the best out of myself in that position.”