London – England all-rounder Moeen Ali has labelled Australia
“just rude” – and has little to no sympathy for the banned David
Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Steven Smith.
Smith, Warner and Bancroft are currently serving Cricket
Australia-imposed bans. They were involved in the ball-tampering saga that
marred the Test series against South Africa earlier this year.
“They are the only team I’ve played against my whole
life that I’ve actually disliked,” Ali told The Times.
“Not because it’s Australia and they are the old enemy,
but because of the way they carry on and their disrespect of people and
“I’m someone who generally feels sorry for people when
things go wrong, but it’s difficult to feel sorry for them.
“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 missed the first three Tests of the recent five-match
series against India, but was recalled at Southampton and The Oval. He played a
key role in both, as the hosts completed a telling four-one triumph over the
number one-ranked Test team.