Boycott lays into 'selfish' KP

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Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has labeled Kevin Pietersen as "selfish" after the South African-born batsman threw his wicket away during the fourth day of the third Ashes Test in Perth on Monday.

<b>Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has labeled Kevin Pietersen as "selfish" after the South African-born batsman threw his wicket away during the fourth day of the third Ashes Test in Perth on Monday.</b>

After being set a an unlikely 504 to win the match, Pietersen made a stylish 45 before being caught on the boundary when he tried to hit Nathan Lyon out the ground.

With England reaching 251 for five at stumps on the fifth day, Boycott laid the blame for another disappointing batting display by the visitors at Pietersen's door.

"You could see it coming with Kevin Pietersen," the former opener noted.

"Brad Haddin turned to (Michael) Clarke to say something, and they brought long-on up to mid-on. Pietersen took the bait and got away with it; a mishit for three. His brain was scrambled.

"He won't play in a careful, controlled manner. It's as selfish as you can get. You wonder what (head coach) Andy Flower and (batting coach) Graham Gooch are saying to him. Are they strong enough to say something to him?"

The 33-year-old Pietersen has been in poor form during England's tour Down Under, scoring only 165 runs with a highest score of 53.

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