Moeen Ali: England have got to take Australia’s Ashes sledging on the chin

• Jonny Bairstow confirmed comments have gone beyond ’headbutt’ jibes
• Moeen will captain England against Cricket Australia but may not bowl

The sledging issue continues to dominate this Ashes series but Moeen Ali has stressed he has risen above any comments which have come his way – and his England team-mates have done the same.

Moeen’s team-mate Jonny Bairstow confirmed in his newspaper column on Friday that some of the remarks directed at him in the opening Test went beyond the much-publicised jibes about his ‘headbutt’ greeting towards the Australia opener Cameron Bancroft in a bar at the start of England’s tour.

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