Moeen Ali blasts "rude" Aussies: "they are the only team I've disliked"

Alex Broun 14/09/2018
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Moeen Ali has slammed Australian sledging

Even tempered England all-rounder Moeen Ali has hit out at the Australian cricket team in a rare outburst.

“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.

“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.”

Ali went on to say it was difficult to feel sorry for suspended captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft – who were all banned from international cricket after the ball-tampering saga in Cape Town in January – Smith and Warner for a year, Bancroft for nine months.

“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.”

Ali, who had a poor 2017/18 Ashes series, recently enjoyed a successful return to the England team for the last two Tests against India and contributed both with bat and ball to help his side to a 4-1 series triumph.

New Australian coach Justin Langer, who leads the team on his first test tour later this month against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, has defended his players saying he felt there was a place 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.”

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Mitchell Starc named in Australian squad for Pakistan Test series in UAE

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Mitchell Starc is heading to the UAE

Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel has named a 15-player squad for the tour of the United Arab Emirates.

The squad, led by Tim Paine, will play two Tests against Pakistan, the first commencing on October 7 at Dubai International Stadium and the second commencing on October 16 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

It features five players yet to debut at Test level – Queensland trio Michael Neser, Brendan Doggett and Marnus Labuschagne, South Australia’s Travis Head and Victoria’s Aaron Finch.

The vice-captain position will be finalised and announced by the NSP ahead of the series.

Speaking on the squad, National Selector Trevor Hohns said:

“There has been significant change to our Test squad, due to the unavailability of a number of key players,” Hohns said.

“That said, we firmly believe the squad selected is up to the challenge ahead, and is capable of playing a brand of cricket that can perform well in this series against Pakistan.

“It’s a blend of experienced players who have a significant amount of either Test or first-class cricket, and a number of younger players who we are confident are ready for the Test arena.

“Looking at the conditions we may face in the UAE, we believe this squad covers all bases. We have selected four front-line fast bowlers and three spinners, with Mitchell Marsh ready to play as an all-rounder and a number of top-order batsmen who also offer part-time spin options.

“There are five potential debutants in the squad, all of whom have earned selection through their performances and deserve this opportunity.”

On the yet-to-debut players – Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Michael Neser, Marcus Labuschagne and Brendan Doggett – Hohns said:

“Aaron is in sensational form, and this is the right time to give him a chance to play Test cricket. He has performed well in the Sheffield Shield in recent seasons, and brings added experience and leadership to this group.

“Travis has improved his game immensely over the past 12 months, and is the type of player we want in this environment. He’s a hard worker who has performed well with the bat in his recent four-day opportunities for Australia A and South Australia.

“Michael is a strong all-round cricketer – he bowls and bats well, and is a mature player coming off a fantastic Sheffield Shield season for Queensland. He has impressed us with his performances for Australia A and in his white-ball opportunities for Australia.

“Marnus is a young player with plenty of potential and a great work ethic. He has performed well in the Sheffield Shield, has shown he’s a good player of spin for Australia A in India, and is an elite fielder who offers added variety with the ball as a leg-spin option.

“Brendan is an exciting prospect, a fast bowler with raw pace and wicket-taking ability. He provides an additional option to Mitchell Starc if extra pace is called for, and this is an ideal opportunity to get him involved in a national set-up for the first time after his recent showings for Queensland and Australia A.”

If selected to debut, Doggett would become just the second Indigenous cricketer to play Test cricket for the Australian Men’s Cricket Team, following Jason Gillespie.

On the return of 62 Test-veteran Peter Siddle, Hohns added:

“Peter is a proven performer in the Test arena, who has been in outstanding form in his recent first-class outings over in England. His experience will be crucial for this bowling group, and we know that he is a warrior who can bowl the type of long, tight spells which may be required in the conditions we expect to face.”

Joe Burns, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, and Jhye Richardson were among a number of other players considered, but not selected.

“Joe, Peter and Glenn were players we discussed when selecting the batting group, but we had to take into account the conditions and competition we are set to face in the upcoming series. All three remain on our radar for Test cricket, but we want them to perform for their States and continue to push their case ahead of what is going to be a big Australian summer,” Hohns said.

“Jhye is a player who has a bright future in all formats, and has been impressive in his international opportunities to date. He is one of a number of developing bowlers adding to the depth of our fast bowling group, and we see him potentially having an important role to play in the shorter formats of the game in the immediate future.”

The squad will assemble in Brisbane for a pre-tour camp on 16 September.

Australian Tour of UAE – Test Squad

Tim Paine (c)      Tasmania

Ashton Agar       Western Australia

Brendan Doggett              Queensland

Aaron Finch        Victoria

Travis Head         South Australia

Jon Holland         Victoria

Usman Khawaja Queensland

Marnus Labuschagne     Queensland

Nathan Lyon       New South Wales

Mitchell Marsh  Western Australia

Shaun Marsh      Western Australia

Michael Neser   Queensland

Matthew Renshaw          Queensland

Peter Siddle        Victoria

Mitchell Starc     New South Wales

Fixtures

September 29 – October 2: warm-up match v Pakistan A, ICC Academy, Dubai

October 7 – 11: 1st Test v Pakistan, Dubai International Stadium

October 16 – 20 : 2nd Test v Pakistan, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

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Australia seamer Peter Siddle signs two-year county deal with Essex

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Peter Siddle playing for Essex in the County Championship.

Australia seamer Peter Siddle has signed a two-year deal at Essex after a couple of successful spells at the club this season.

Siddle ended his latest stint at Essex following the defeat to Surrey at Chelmsford this week, having taken his wickets tally to 37 in seven County Championship Division One matches this year.

The 33-year-old, whose international career has comprised of 62 Tests, 17 one-dayers and two Twenty20s, will return to Australia but has signed a new contract with the county until the end of the 2020 season.

The news comes in the same week as Essex announcing a fresh three-year deal for Alastair Cook, who will end his record-breaking England career at the end of the Test series against India.

Siddle said: “I have loved my time at the club so far with the players and staff giving me a great welcome, and I really feel part of the team at Essex. As an overseas player, I am always committed to taking the whole experience in and not just picking up my money and being on my way at the end of a contract.

“There is a wealth of talent in this squad who are hungry for more success and I am thrilled that I can join them for a further two seasons and be part of it.
I’m also really excited to play alongside Cooky, we’ve had some really great battles in the past and it’s going to be fun to play on the same side as him rather than against him.”

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