Moeen Ali said that he doesn't feel sorry for any of Australia's banned cricketers (Reuters Photo) HIGHLIGHTS Moeen Ali said that it is difficult to feel sorry for the Australians Moeen said that the Australians are not intimidating but "just rude" Moeen recently starred in England's victories over India in the 4th and 5th Tests England all-rounder Moeen Ali has not sympathy for Australia and its banned cricketers because the whole team according to him is just "rude".
Australian cricket has struggled to cope up without their stars in Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who were banned earlier in the year for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal during a Test in South Africa.
While Smith and Warner were banned for a year, Bancroft -- the chief offender, was handed a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia for tarnishing the game. The decision drew mixed reactions from the world. While some showed anger, some sympathised with the lengthy period of bans for two of the world's best cricketers, who were at their peak.
But, if Moeen Ali is not one of them and he expressed his anger and dislike for the Aussies in a recent interview.
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"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 Ali said that the Australian team is very rude and it is difficult to feel sorry for them (Reuters Photo) Moeen, who had a terrible 2017/18 Ashes series, returned to the England playing XI for the last two Tests against India and put up an all-round show to help his side beat India 4-1 in the five-match Test series. And speaking about the banned trio, Moeen said that he has no sympathy for them.
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"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.
"Not intimidating, just rude."
Australia's series against South Africa was also blighted with heated moments between the players, with one altercation between Warner and Proteas wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock spilling over off the field.
The ball-tampering scandal was also seen as a watershed for the sport in Australia, however, with national governing body Cricket Australia announcing a root-and-branch review and ordering a charter governing player behaviour.
Tim Paine, who replaced Smith as test captain, said the furore had been cathartic and would allow them to change their approach and team culture.
Paine, however, added it would not diminish their desire to play the game hard.
New coach Justin Langer, who leads the team on his first test tour later this month against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, also said he felt there was a place for for on-field banter, or sledging.
"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 behaviours a bit so it's not angry, or over-aggressive, but it's aggressive in the mindset we play with the bat and ball."
(With inputs from Reuters)