England all-rounder Moeen Ali has labelled Australia ‘rude’ and the only team he has ever disliked, but believes they have been ‘humbled’ by the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.
Ali, who admits he wanted to be dropped during a torrid Ashes series where he averaged 19.88 with the bat and 115 with the ball last winter, claims they are the only team he has disliked in his career.
The 31-year-old says they were an abusive side who disrespected people and players.
‘Everyone you speak to . . . they are the only team I’ve played against my whole life that I’ve actually disliked’, he 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. This ODI series they were very good actually; they’d been humbled.’
Tim Paine led a makeshift Australian side to England this summer, shorn of captain Steve Smith and his vice David Warner.
The pair are serving 12 month bans for deliberately using sandpaper to change the condition of the ball during the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March.
Ali reveals his lack of respect for the Aussies stretches back to his first meeting with them at the 2015 World Cup, where England were demolished by 111 runs in Sydney.
‘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.’