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England all-rounder has revealed that he dislikes playing against Australia due to their lack of respect and abusive behaviour.
When England and Australia clash on the field, tempers start to flare at certain points, but Moeen admitted that Australia have a tendency to cross the line and become downright insolent.
“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 as quoted by the Daily Mail. “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.”
Recently, Australia’s image and reputation became marred by a ball tampering scandal that involved three of their top players – captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft.
It is understood that Warner played a leading role in the scandal, which occurred on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town in March, as he told Bancroft to alter the condition of the ball with sandpaper.
As a result, Warner and Steve Smith were banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months. Smith won’t be allowed to captain Australia for two years, while Warner won’t be considered for leadership roles in the future.
Moeen feels that Australia have been “humbled” by the incident and forced to adopt a more positive attitude and approach to the game.
Despite this, he doesn’t have any sympathy for Australia or the players involved.
“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,” he said.
Meanwhile, Moeen revealed that his disgust for Australia’s lack of respect stems from the 2015 World Cup, where the England were crushed by 111 runs in Melbourne.
Despite giving them the benefit of the doubt, Moeen pointed out that they were just as bad during the Ashes series later that year.
“They were not just going hard at you, they were almost abusing you. That was the first time it hit me,” he said. “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.”