England all-rounder Moeen Ali wants his English teammates to set a better example for the young budding cricketers and fans and urged them to improve their behaviour off the field and set a standard for the rest. The visitors are struggling with their unruly behaviour with another alcohol-related incident making the headlines.
The incident outraged English coach Trevor Bayliss to the extent that he is considering ending the careers of some of the misbehaving Test cricketers. Ben Duckett who was part of the England Lions squad will now have to face the consequences for pouring a drink on the head of James Anderson in the wee hours of Friday morning. It was the same Perth bar where Jonny Bairstow had allegedly head-butted Cameron Bancroft during England’s first night on tour. Moeen who is a Muslim by religion didn’t drink and was very disappointed with what has been happening in the recent past.
“As professionals – with the young kids watching and hearing all the news – it’s very important we are on our best behaviour,” Moeen was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“It’s important we inspire the younger generation to take up the game. This kind of things possibly can turn them away and that’s not what we want. A lot of the families are here now, it’s important we focus on the game and personally I won’t be going to any pub.”
The timing of yet another fiasco wasn’t ideal as England are already 0-2 down in the five-match series, and a defeat at the WACA would see them surrender the urn to the hosts.
Meanwhile, it must be noted that the senior ECB figures have been targeted for the recent off-field issues. Starting from a Ben Stokes braw outside a Bristol nightclub to Bairstow head-butting Bancroft, England cricket hasn’t been moving in the right direction.
“Trevor Bayliss, Andrew Strauss and all the guys who get most of the flak for it … you feel for them,” Moeen said. We’re all grown men and we should know how to behave. Through county cricket all the way up to international cricket, the individual needs to be responsible. Off-field behaviour needs to improve and we all know that.”