Watch: Alastair Cook, Moeen Ali’s on-air debate about captaincy style gets awkward

Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook were involved in an argument over BT Sport which turned awkward in the end, when the all-rounder tried to shed light on the leadership skills of current England captain Joe Root while criticizing Cook’s captaincy. Moeen, who announced his retirement from Test cricket last year, was highlighting Root’s qualities during the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia. The discussion, which began as a joke with both Moeen and Cook sharing a laugh, eventually turned a bit serious as the former stuck to her stance about Root and Cook’s different leadership styles.

In a video going viral on social media, Moeen was seen saying that Root had a more “emotional connect” with the players.

“Cookie would never give me a throw down. Ruthie has a little more emotional attachment to the players. He probably spends a little more time with the players,” Moeen said, referring to the throwdowns from the current England captain Root. To my teammates in Sydney.

Cook initially took Ali’s comments as a joke and replied: “Are you just criticizing my captaincy?”

“I am a little, yes,” replied Moeen.

The England all-rounder then continued to highlight the difference between the captaincy styles of Cook and Root, saying that he had more success as the former left-handed batsman, but had to bat at different positions, which was not the case under Root. Was. ,

WATCH: Alastair Cook, Moeen Ali Debate Captaincy Styles

Here’s how the conversation unfolded

Moin: “They’re both very different. I did better with the bat under Cookie but with the ball I was better with Ruthie.”

the Cook: “I was going to say, I never left Mo. So you can criticize me, but I never left you. How many times has Ruthie dropped you?”

Moin: “It’s true, but he (Cook) made me bat from one to nine in my first year of international cricket.”

the Cook: “I was giving him a chance. I couldn’t figure out whether he was a tailender or an opening batsman, so I tried to find the right role for him.”


Moin: “To go back to my point, in my opinion, Ruthie was a little more involved with the players. Not that Cookie didn’t care, but I think Ruthie is a bit more of a shoulder-to-shoulder guy.”

the Cook: “I don’t know how else to take it. I just got back from a nice vacation and I went straight to Moeen Ali.”

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