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Australia closes probe into Moeen sledge claim

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Australia closes probe into Moeen sledge claim
FILE PHOTO: Cricket - England Nets - Emerald Headingley, Headingley, Britain - July 16, 2018 England's Moeen Ali during nets Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes/File Photo   -   Copyright  Ed Sykes(Reuters)

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Cricket Australia has closed its investigation into England all-rounder Moeen Ali’s claim that he was called “Osama” by a rival player during an Ashes test in 2015 after finding no new details, a CA spokesperson said on Monday.

Moeen made the allegation in his autobiography, which was being serialised in The Times newspaper, saying the apparent reference to Islamist militant Osama bin Laden came during his Ashes debut in Cardiff.

“We have followed up with the ECB (English board) and our team management and confirmed that the incident was investigated at the time, with a response provided to Moeen,” a CA spokesman told

“Moeen elected not to progress the matter any further and we have not been able to ascertain any new additional evidence through our enquiries.

“As such, the matter is considered closed.”

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by John O’Brien)