Moeen Ali urged his teammates to behave properly    Getty Images
Moeen Ali urged his teammates to behave properly Getty Images

After Ben Stokes, England‘s Ben Duckett got suspended for behavioural issues, and Moeen Ali has now urged his teammates to behave on and off the field. Moeen said the England cricketers might set a wrong example for their young fans and it is high time they focused on cricket as The Ashes unfolds.

“As professionals – with the young kids watching and hearing all the news, it’s very important we are on our best behaviour. It’s important we inspire the younger generation to take up the game. These 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,” Moeen said in a press conference, reported by Reuters.

“Trevor Bayliss, Andrew Strauss and all the guys who get most of the flak for it… you feel for them,” Moeen added. “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,” he added.

England have lost both Ashes Tests played so far in Australia, and will have to win the third at Perth.