Root vows dressing support for Moeen over Ashes abuse claims

Moeen Ali will have the support of the dressing room over claims that he was abused during the 2015 Ashes, says England captain Joe Root.

Joe Root with Moeen Ali   -  Getty Images

Joe Root says that the England dressing room is behind Moeen Ali following his claims that he suffered abuse by an Australia player in the 2015 Ashes.

Spinning all-rounder Moeen, who is of Muslim faith, alleged in his upcoming autobiography, an excerpt of which was published by The Times, that he was called "Osama" during the first Test in Cardiff.

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Cricket Australia later vowed to follow up on Moeen's allegations with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). And, England captain Root vowed that Moeen will have the support of his teammates.

"He's such a good guy, everybody loves having him around. 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," Root told Sky Sports News.