English all-rounder Moeen Ali has expressed his infuriation against the Australian cricket team. He labeled them as ‘rude’ and said he has no sympathy against the Aussie players, including the ones who got banned for ball-tampering.
Australian cricket lost their stars Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft after they got banned for various time periods for being involved in the scandal.
Caught in plotting the alteration of cricket ball against South Africa in a Test, Smith, and Warner were banned for a year, while Bancroft who actually tampered the ball received a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia.
But Ali doesn’t think they deserve solace. “Everyone you speak to…they are the only team I’ve played against my whole life that I’ve actually disliked,” Moeen told The Times newspaper.
“Not because its Australia and they are the old enemy but because of the way they carry on and (their) disrespect of people and players.”
Moeen has been very impressive against India in the fourth Test. He bagged nine in the Southampton Test with a 40 in first innings. In the last Test at The Oval, Ali scored 50 and bagged three wickets.
“I’m someone who generally feels sorry for people when things go wrong but its difficult to feel sorry for them,” Moeen said.
“The first game I ever played against them, in Sydney, just before the 2015 World Cup, they were not just going hard at you, they were almost abusing you. That was the first time it hit me. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, but the more I played against them they were just as bad, the Ashes here (in 2015) they were worse, actually,” Ali said.
“Not intimidating, just rude.”
Tim Paine who replaced Steve Smith said he would bring a positive change in their approach but added that they won’t stop going hard in the field. Paine had shown a nice gesture in the Test series against South Africa when the whole team shook hands with their opponents before the start of the game.
Even the newly appointed coach Justin Langer said that a bit of aggression is needed on the field.
“We’ve always played hard, some of the best banter is amongst each other to try to get the opposition thinking of other things,” he said in May.
“I think we modify our behaviors a bit so it’s not angry, or over-aggressive, but it’s aggressive in the mindset we play with the bat and ball.”