MOEEN ALI and Alastair Cook were involved in an awkward on-air television exchange before the fourth Ashes Test.

Ali accused Cook of lacking empathy as captain as Ali played 37 times under Cook’s captaincy, since making his Test debut in 2014.

The allrounder Ali retired from Test cricket after having played under Cook and Joe Root.

Cook and Ali got together in the BT Sport studio for the fourth Test coverage where they got involved in a tense exchange over how the allrounder was handled during his international career.

“Cooky would never give me throw downs,” Moeen said. “Rooty has a bit more of, I would say, an emotional attachment with the players. He probably spends a bit more time with the players.”

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