England's Jofra Archer, who was subjected to racial abuse after being excluded from the squad for the second Test against West Indies, has hailed teammate Moeen Ali for showing his support.
Archer was excluded from the second Test after he broke bio-secure protocol while taking a detour home following the first Test at Southampton. Moeen wrote in his The Guardian column that social media companies needed strict regulations regarding such abuse.
"It was nice to hear about a column Moeen Ali had written, in which he expressed his support for me over some of the treatment I'd received," the England pacer wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
"He's a really good guy and he made my transition into the team a lot easier when I first played international cricket last year. It wasn't anything he said in the dressing room that eased my way in. It was just his presence, which was very comforting. He's that kind of a person and I'm pleased to see England have made him vice-captain for the one-day series against Ireland.
"Moeen also suggested that Twitter users shouldn't be able to hide behind anonymous names and pictures, so they can't get away with random abuse. It's a nice idea and I do appreciate the thought from one of the game's good guys. Hopefully, the social media companies will make this happen very soon."