England all-rounder Moeen Ali has hit out at Australia for their aggressive approach and labeled the Aussies “rude” and the only team he has ever disliked.
He shared that he has no sympathy at all for Australia’s banned cricketers and claimed that the side led by Steve Smith lacked respect.
“They are the only team I’ve played against my whole life that I’ve actually disliked. Not because it is Australia and they are the old enemy but because of the way they carry on their disrespect of people & players,” Ali said.
The 31-year-old cricketer’s struggle with bat and ball on the Ashes tour last year was one of the big reasons for England’s 4-0 defeat, which led to him being dropped from the English side for the first time in his career.
Ali also shared that he felt no sympathy for Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft, who were banned from the game because of ball-tampering.
“I am someone who generally feels sorry for people when things go wrong but it is 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,” said Ali.
“I gave them the benefit of the doubt, but the more I played against them they were just as bad, the Ashes in England (2015) they were worse, actually.”