The Ashes: Moeen Ali takes aim at Alastair Cook’s England captaincy skills live on BT Sport

Moeen Ali takes aim at Alastair Cook’s captaincy skills and man administration in very awkward on-air change as the previous England team-mates sit subsequent to one another as BT Sport Ashes pundits

  • Former England team-mates Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook have been concerned in a really awkward on-air change throughout BT Sport’s Ashes protection 
  • Moeen defended present captain Joe Root whereas taking a swipe at Cook
  • He mentioned Cook had put him all over the place from No 1 to No 9 within the batting order
  • Former spinner urged Cook wasn’t pretty much as good at man administration as Root
  • Cook responded by saying that Root had dropped Moeen greater than he did 

Moeen Ali criticised Alastair Cook’s player-management skills as England captain throughout a clumsy on-air change between the previous team-mates.

Sitting on the identical couch as pundits for BT Sport on the primary day of the fourth Ashes Test, Moeen defended Joe Root’s capacity as a frontrunner whereas taking a swipe about his former skipper Cook.


Moeen began with what gave the impression to be a joke about Cook by no means giving throw-downs to gamers, in reference to how Root helped out throughout web classes in Sydney this week within the absence of coaches.

Former England team-mates Moeen Ali (left) and Alastair Cook (right) had an awkward chat

Former England team-mates Moeen Ali (left) and Alastair Cook (proper) had a clumsy chat

Moeen Ali took aim at his former captain Alastair Cook was left bemused by the exchange


Moeen (left) took aim at Cook’s (proper) man administration skills in the course of the on-air change

The all-rounder then mentioned: ‘Rooty has extra of an emotional attachment with the gamers, he spends extra time with the gamers.’ 

That prompted a shocked Cook to ask: ‘Are you simply criticising my captaincy?’

Moeen responded: ‘I’m somewhat bit, yeah. They’re each very completely different. I did do higher with the bat underneath Cooky however with the ball I used to be higher with Rooty.’


Cook, whose document of 59 Tests answerable for England has simply been surpassed by present captain Root, replied: ‘I’ve to say I by no means dropped Mo. So he may criticise me however I by no means dropped him. How many instances did Rooty drop you?’

Moeen hit again and mentioned: ‘That’s true however he additionally batted me from one to 9 in my first 12 months of worldwide cricket.’

Moeen (left) and Cook pictured during the Lord's Ashes Test against Australia back in 2015

Moeen (left) and Cook pictured in the course of the Lord’s Ashes Test towards Australia again in 2015

The pair, and a koala, during a 2017 visit to the Billabong Sanctuary in Townsville, Australia

The pair, and a koala, throughout a 2017 go to to the Billabong Sanctuary in Townsville, Australia

Cook then aimed his personal dig at his colleague, saying: ‘I used to be giving him an opportunity. I could not work whether or not he was a tail-ender or a gap batsman so I used to be looking for the right position.’

Sensing the pair had extra to get off their chest, host Matt Smith invited his studio company to air any additional grievances.

Moeen mentioned: ‘To return to my level, Rooty was somewhat bit extra concerned with the gamers, for my part. Not that Cooky did not care however I believe Rooty is a little more ‘arm over the shoulder’ sort of man.’

Cook added: ‘I’m unsure how one can take this anymore. I’ve simply come again from a pleasant vacation and I’ve walked straight into Moeen Ali off his future.’

Joe Root has come under pressure during the Ashes debacle but was favoured by Moeen

Joe Root has come underneath strain in the course of the Ashes debacle however was favoured by Moeen


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