England all-rounder Moeen Ali has labelled Australia ‘just rude’ and has little 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 players.
‘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 4-1 triumph over the No 1-ranked Test team.