Pietersen: Australia’s middle-order is fragile

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Exiled England batsman Kevin Pietersen feels Australia's current batting line-up is to fragile and needs their captain Michael Clarke to start making runs.

Australia are two-one down in the ongoing five-match Ashes series and have selection issues ahead of the fourth Test, starting at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Only opener Chris Rogers and number three Steve Smith have scored centuries for the Aussies, and those came in the same innings in the second Test at Lord's, which the visitors won.

Clarke has looked vulnerable at number four while the 35 year-old Adam Voges has not got going at all in his first Ashes series.

Pietersen said Rogers is using his many years of playing domestic county cricket to his advantage.

Writing in his column for The Telegraph, Pietersen said: "This Australian batting order is as fragile as any I have ever seen. Too many top players are out of form. Michael Clarke needs runs.

"He has to make a score or else who knows what will happen to him. Chris Rogers has experience playing domestic cricket over here so he understands how to bat in these conditions. But the rest do not have that experience.

"You have to make big runs in the first innings to put pressure on England to win games."

you have to make big runs in the first innings to put pressure on England to win games.”
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you have to make big runs in the first innings to put pressure on England to win games.”
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