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What Time Does Your Kebab Shop Open: Moeen Ali Talks About Ashes Sledging

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 9, 2017, 1:48 PM IST
What Time Does Your Kebab Shop Open: Moeen Ali Talks About Ashes Sledging

England's Moeen Ali celebrates appealing succesfully for LBW to dismiss Australia's Usman Khawaja during the second day of the first Ashes cricket test match. REUTERS/David Gray

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England all-rounder Moeen Ali has revealed that Australian crowds threw in some racist taunts at him but they didn't manage to fluster him one bit.

“Somebody asked me what time my kebab shop opened, That’s about it. Nothing major. You take it on the chin.”

“It is more intense, but not as much as I thought it would be,” he says. “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.” Moeen was quoted as saying by news.com.au.

Moeen also recalled how Warner took a dig at him when he walked into bat at no.6, but his reply left Warner a bit gasped.

“You’re batting a place too high,” Warner said to England’s new No.6 batsman.

Moeen didn’t miss a beat. “I’m batting two places too high, mate,” he retorted.

“It went straight over his head,” Moeen added.

England slumped to a 120-run defeat in the second Ashes clash this week on a ground widely seen as their best chance of winning.

It followed defeat in the first Test in Brisbane with Perth's WACA Ground next up, where they have not beaten Australia since 1978.

Vaughan suggested England had neither the skill nor resilience to win a match.

"This was the week we all fancied England to take something from," he said in comments in The Australian Friday.

"In Perth, the ball won't swing like this (in Adelaide). We are now looking like we did in 2013, like we did in 2006-07, you look at this England side, and realistically, can you see them winning a Test match?

"I think it's going to be very difficult to win a Test match on this tour."

Willis was equally pessimistic, saying Australia was clearly the superior side.

"England are fighting as hard as they can, but the bald fact is they are up against a better side in these conditions," he said in the same newspaper.

"The glaring differences are that Australia have express pace in the seam department and a world-class spinner. We have neither.

"At this rate, you wouldn't be surprised if it was 5-0, as Adelaide probably represented England's best chance to chalking up a victory."
First Published: December 9, 2017, 12:53 PM IST
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