Moeen Ali sledged at Ashes: ‘Somebody asked me what time my kebab shop opened’

first_imgAustralia are just one win away from reclaiming the urn in the ongoing Ashes series at home. The hosts have taken a 2-0 lead against England with their victories in Brisbane and Adelaide.The sledging has been “intense” with sparks flying from both ends when the two sides collide on the cricket pitch.England all-rounder Moeen Ali has been a victim of sledging in the first two Tests but he says he hasn’t faced any “major” problem so far.”Somebody asked me what time my kebab shop opened, That’s about it. Nothing major. You take it on the chin,” Moeen was quoted as saying by news.com.au.”It is more intense, but not as much as I thought it would be. I thought Brisbane would be a lot more of a buzz. I mean, there was a buzz. But it’s been pretty quiet, to be honest,” added.Moeen shared an instance when he was ledged by Australia’s vice-captain David Warner.”You’re batting a place too high,” Warner said to England’s new No.6 batsman.”I’m batting two places too high, mate,” Moeen replied. “It went straight over his head,” he said.CA XI win the toss and elect to bowl in the two-day tour match against England at Richardson Park #CAXIvENG pic.twitter.com/X30LGUIQkV- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 9, 2017England coach Trevor Bayliss with an interesting take on the heated exchanges during this #Ashes contest. pic.twitter.com/hjl19meb41- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 3, 2017In one such instance, England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow headbutted allegedly “headbutted” Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft during a night out in Perth last month.advertisementAccording to a report in The Independent, the incident occurred between Bairstow and Bancroft outside The Avenue Hotel in Perth, when England were playing a warm-up match against Western Australia Cricket XI at the start of this month. It is claimed that the incident went no further, and that police were not involved in the matter.”I got into a very amicable conversation with Jonny and he just greeted me with a head butt, kind of thing,” Bancroft explained of the night in question. “I was expecting a handshake. It wasn’t the greeting of choice that I was expecting.”It was a good hit. Play on!” (right, Cameron Bancroft?) ???Funny stuff from the UK broadcaster of the #Ashes – @btsportcricket! pic.twitter.com/zDbBiIWVYG- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 28, 2017″There was certainly no malice in his action and we continued on, having very good conversation for the rest of the evening,” Bancroft added. “Obviously at the time, he said sorry. For me personally it was just really weird — it was so random and I certainly didn’t expect it coming.”Just wait for Steve Smith to absolutely lose it at the end of this video! ??? #Ashes pic.twitter.com/S3UMqBfEZj- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017However, it was not the first time that such an incident has happened. In 2013, Warner had punched now England captain Joe Root at a pub in England.Smith and Anderson with PLENTY to say and Aleem decides to step in… #Ashes pic.twitter.com/gNNTdMgBMK- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 2, 2017last_img

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