KP: Lord’s was a nightmare for England

Exiled batsman Kevin Pietersen says England's big defeat to Australia in the second Ashes Test was a nightmare but the feels the public and media should not call for wholesale changes after just one loss.

The Aussies, who bowled England out for just 103 in the second innings, beat their rivals by a massive 405 runs inside four days at Lord's to bounce back from their loss in the first Test to leave the five-match series tantalisingly poised at one-all.

The 35 year-old Pietersen, who has been banished from the Three Lions team after being a disruptive influence in the dressing room, says the media has to put the series in perspective.

Pietersen, who played in three Ashes winning England teams, said in a Paddy Power Blog: "There's no getting around it, Lord's was a nightmare for us. Nothing went to plan for England and we were outplayed from the start.

"That said, I've seen people screaming for wholesale changes and blaming this and that, but everyone needs to step back and relax.

"We're 1-1 against arguably the best team in the world. How many of us would've been happy with that before the series started? I certainly would have been."

The third Test starts at Edgbaston on 29 July.