Former England Test captain Alastair Cook has once again been embroiled in an on-air row with the all-rounder Moeen Ali during the ongoing second Test between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The duo previously had an on-air row during the 2021-22 Ashes where England lost 4-0 to Australia Down Under. Moeen then attempted Cook’s captaincy and praised former England captain Joe Root.
The incident had happened during Ashes when Ali commentated with Cook during a game and later praised Root stating that he had more emotional attachment with his players than with Cook. His comments were not well received by the former England captain, who responded by saying: “Are you just criticizing my role as captain?”
In response, Moeen went on to admit he had been “a bit” critical of Cook’s captaincy before the former England captain reminded him of how he had been frequently kicked out of the England Test side by Root. Ali was in no mood to hold back and reminded Cook how he had played him in every batting position from 1-9 in his first year in international cricket and also insisted that he was a better bowler under Root.
“That’s true, but you also beat me 1-9 in my first year of international cricket,” Moeen told Cook during the on-air dispute between the duo. Unexpectedly the pair had buried their differences after the row, it happened once again on day two of the ongoing second Test between England and New Zealand on Saturday.
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Moeen shared the comment box again with Cook, who decided to address their argument last time and said that Moeen had already told everyone in the studio that he was not a very good captain and that Cook wouldn’t make a very good coach either. .
“I was coming back from vacation, going straight back to the studio at midnight. I met Mo (Moeen), all smiles, as he always is, very happy. Anyway, half an hour after the quarter work, he basically said to everyone watching and listening, “I wasn’t a very good captain and I wouldn’t be a very good coach,” he said on the BBC’s Test Match Special. .
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Moeen then explained his previous comments and told Cook he wasn’t comparing him to Root. The England all-rounder said he only wanted to convey that Root had “much more empathy” for his players. He also told Cook that he personally took his comments to heart and they went viral.
“It was kind of taken out of context. I was basically saying that Rooty had a lot more empathy for the players than you! And I never once mentioned that you’re not a good captain or if you’re or you’re no better than Rooty. And then you took it personally and it went viral,” Moeen said.
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