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

Alex Broun 12:06 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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