Australia aren’t just intimidating, they are ‘rude’- Moeen Ali

Moeen has no sympathies whatsoever for Warner, Smith and Bancroft.

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali of England bats. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The Australian cricket team is generally known for involving in heated altercations on the cricket pitch owing to which they have been a recipient of severe criticism from the cricketing fraternity as well as the supporters. Many of their players have also been slapped with fines for their unsportsmanlike behaviour. Recently, Moeen Ali, the English all-rounder lashed out at the team from Down Under.

He didn’t mince any words in saying that he doesn’t like the team for the fact that they don’t have respect for opponents. Moreover, he said that the Australian players are nothing short of ‘rude’. The Birmingham-born cricketer played his first match against Australia in Cardiff on July 8, 2015, and he reminisced how the players tried to get under his skins with the help of undesired tactics.

They were almost abusing you

The likes of David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, and Steve Smith got themselves tangled in the shambolic ball-tampering scandal owing to which they were handed suspensions by Cricket Australia (CA). The incident sent shockwaves around the cricketing world and tarnished the reputation of cricket in Australia. However, Moeen has no sympathies for them whatsoever.

“Everyone you speak to … they are the only team I’ve played against my whole life that I’ve actually disliked. 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. I’m someone who generally feels sorry for people when things go wrong but it’s difficult to feel sorry for them,” Moeen was quoted as saying in The Times.

“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,” he added.

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