England’s Moeen Ali doesn’t feel sorry for ‘rude’ Australians

first_imgEngland all-rounder Moeen Ali has not sympathy for Australia and its banned cricketers because the whole team according to him is just “rude”.Australian cricket has struggled to cope up without their stars in Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who were banned earlier in the year for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal during a Test in South Africa.While Smith and Warner were banned for a year, Bancroft — the chief offender, was handed a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia for tarnishing the game. The decision drew mixed reactions from the world. While some showed anger, some sympathised with the lengthy period of bans for two of the world’s best cricketers, who were at their peak.But, if Moeen Ali is not one of them and he expressed his anger and dislike for the Aussies in a recent interview.Also read – Australia need Steve Smith and David Warner to return desperately: Shane Warne”Everyone you speak to…they are the only team I’ve played against my whole life that I’ve actually disliked,” Moeen told The Times newspaper.”Not because its Australia and they are the old enemy but because of the way they carry on and (their) disrespect of people and players.” Moeen Ali said that the Australian team is very rude and it is difficult to feel sorry for them (Reuters Photo)Moeen, who had a terrible 2017/18 Ashes series, returned to the England playing XI for the last two Tests against India and put up an all-round show to help his side beat India 4-1 in the five-match Test series. And speaking about the banned trio, Moeen said that he has no sympathy for them.Also read – Steve Smith, David Warner banned for 1 year each, Cameron Bancroft out for 9 monthsadvertisement”I’m someone who generally feels sorry for people when things go wrong but its difficult to feel sorry for them,” Moeen said.”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.”Australia’s series against South Africa was also blighted with heated moments between the players, with one altercation between Warner and Proteas wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock spilling over off the field.The ball-tampering scandal was also seen as a watershed for the sport in Australia, however, with national governing body Cricket Australia announcing a root-and-branch review and ordering a charter governing player behaviour.Tim Paine, who replaced Smith as test captain, said the furore had been cathartic and would allow them to change their approach and team culture.Paine, however, added it would not diminish their desire to play the game hard.New coach Justin Langer, who leads the team on his first test tour later this month against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, also said he felt there was a place for for on-field banter, or sledging.”We’ve always played hard, some of the best banter is amongst each other to try to get the opposition thinking of other things,” he said in May.”I think we modify our behaviours a bit so it’s not angry, or over-aggressive, but it’s aggressive in the mindset we play with the bat and ball.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Nokia claims to have sold 70 million phones in the last 2 years

first_imgSince the Nokia’s revival two years ago, HMD Global has managed to reach across all the countries where the brand had a considerable fan following and eventually was successful in catering to their individual requirements carefully. The result is impressive — 70 million units happy customers for Nokia in its lifetime.At the Nokia 8.1 launch event, HMD Global proudly made the details of their successful run public. Britta Gerbracht, who looks after the marketing exercises for Nokia in Germany, has confirmed that the ‘new’ Nokia has achieved that impressive figure of 70 million units over the course of just two years. According to WinFuture.de, the number not only includes their latest Android One smartphones but also their entire feature phone lineup. This figure has pushed the brand into the world’s top 10 smartphone manufacturers list, which is indeed a remarkable achievement for a fairly new brand.However, the new Nokia also achieved what it intended before setting off on this journey — consumer trust. While the brand enjoys attention from its nostalgic fans, HMD Global says that their collaboration with Google has made people trust their products and stick to them longer. Gerbracht said that the Android One program has helped them deliver a satisfactory and consistent smartphone experience for an extended duration of time. With Android One, Nokia is able to deliver the latest in the world of Android to their phones, which means that even the older models get to enjoy the latest features, up-to-date performance and enhanced security features. Added to that the choice of premium yet robust material and Nokia says their customers are willing to hold onto their devices for at least two years, which is higher than the average of 1.5 years.advertisementAs we said, part of the Nokia crowd also includes the nostalgic fans who have retained their faith on the brand. Nokia says that the average age of the consumer who prefers a Nokia is 35 years old. This age group wants to relive the older Nokia experience provided by its successful models of N-series and Lumia series from the yesteryears. Also, around 80 per cent of this group is male. However, Nokia wants to change with their current portfolio and appeal with products that cater to the youngsters under the age of 20. Nokia will do that with the help of e-sports, whose popularity is on the rise amongst youngsters.Whenever it comes to higher sales figures, every manufacturer relies on its affordable offerings and Nokia’s success story isn’t any different. The company has found immense popularity with its ultra-affordable Android One smartphones. Nokia says that their 6.1 has been one of their most successful models for this year across major markets around the globe. The Nokia 7 Plus was also a bestseller for the brand while the Nokia 3.1 came up to be a noticeably successful model for the German market. And in order to keep these customers happy, Nokia has been trying its best to keep them updated with the latest in software enhancements from Google.However, Nokia also wants to have a fairly successful run in the flagship segment. Their last flagship offering – the Nokia 8 Sirocco, couldn’t capture the market’s fancy despite being offered with last year’s Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, a curved edge display and completely stock build of Android. While Nokia didn’t hint anything towards the highly anticipated penta-camera Nokia 9, they expressed their desire to establish their presence in the flagship territory with something that appeals globally.ALSO READ | OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition to launch with 50W Warp charger, will come with 10GB RAMlast_img read more