Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook get into argument on-air once again – Watch

Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook get into argument on-air once again on Saturday (June 11). Picture Credit: Screenshot

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alastair Cook was involved in a heated argument with Moeen Ali during the Ashes earlier this year.
  • Moeen’s comments on Cook’s captaincy didn’t go down well with the latter.
  • The duo again shared the same stage on Saturday and discussed that viral video.
Former English Test captain Sir Alastair Cook had an argument on-air with star all-rounder Moeen Ali during the Ashes series earlier this year. It all happened when the 34-year-old all-rounder praised then captain Joe Root’s leadership by saying the premier batter had a more emotional attachment with the players. Moeen’s comments didn’t go down well with Cook, who took it personally and responded to Moeen by saying, “Are you just criticizing my captaincy?”

Moeen admitted that he did “a little bit,” adding that he performed better with the ball under Root. The criticism just wasn’t acceptable to Cook at the time, as he went on to remind Ali of the number of times Root had dropped him from the team, to which Ali had said, “That’s true, but you also batted me from 1 to 9 in my first year of international cricket.”

And now, four months later, when the duo shared the same stage once again on Saturday (June 11) during the second day’s play of the second Test between England and New Zealand, the former star Test cricketers discussed that viral incident once again. Cook started the conversation and went on to say that Moeen had already told everyone in the studio that he (Cook) wasn’t a good captain or would be a good coach.

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“I was coming back from a holiday, walking straight back to the studio at midnight. I met the all-smiling Mo (Moeen), as he always is, very happy. Anyway, half an hour into the shift, he basically told everyone who is watching and listening, ‘I wasn’t a very good captain and I wouldn’t be a very good coach’. That’s kind of how it went. So, I actually feel as if I have nothing to defend here,” Cook said on BBC’s Test Match Special.

Moeen clarified his comments and said that he only said that Root had “a lot more empathy” for players and didn’t compare him (Cook) with the former England Test skipper. “It was a little bit out of context. I was basically saying that Rooty had a lot more empathy for players than you did! And I never mentioned once that you’re not a good captain or if you are or aren’t better than Rooty. And then, you took it personally to heart and it went viral,” said Moeen.

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Cook, who is the leading run getter in the history of Test cricket for the English team, retired from the game in 2018. During his 12-year-long international career, he captained England in 59 red-ball matches and won 24 of them . Moeen made his debut under Cook’s leadership back in 2014 against Sri Lanka and later also played under Joe Root’s spell.

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