‘Do not go to the nets’ – Kevin Pietersen offers England some unusual advise
England legend Kevin Pietersen has offered the current crop of players some advice after being thoroughly outplayed by Australia in the Ashes Test series.
On Tuesday morning, Joe Root‘s visitors were dismissed for a paltry 68 to lose the third Test by an innings and 14 runs.
For Australia, debutant Scott Boland was the destroyer in chief with figures of six wickets for seven runs in four overs.
Tuesday’s collapse means Australia have retained the urn in just 12 days of cricket, having won the first two Tests convincingly as well, and a 5-0 whitewash seems the most likely outcome.
Pietersen is no stranger to ignominious defeats Down Under, having twice experienced such a fate during his stellar career, is not surprised by the result, but believes the system and not the players is to blame.
If you thought that this #Ashes trip for the England players was going to be anything less than a shambles, you’ve missed the lead up & you didn’t watch the tour of India!
Lead up – quarantine & Covid off field issues a nightmare!
India – batters can’t bat!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) December 28, 2021
“If you thought that this #Ashes trip for the England players was going to be anything less than a shambles, you’ve missed the lead up & you didn’t watch the tour of India!,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Lead up – quarantine & Covid off field issues a nightmare! India – batters can’t bat!”
‘Get away from cricket’
‘KP’, as Pietersen has been widely referred to, also suggested the England batsmen would be better off skipping training altogether than continuing in their current ways.
His criticism of the system that produced the current crop of players continued, however.
“And still NOT blaming the players. It’s the system,” he added.
“And, I’ve been on two 5-0 defeats and they’re horrendous for all!
“My advice – DO NOT GO TO THE NETS! Get away from cricket & turn up the day of the next game.”
And still NOT blaming the players. It’s the system!
And, I’ve been on two 5-0 defeats and they’re horrendous for all!
My advice – DO NOT GO TO THE NETS! Get away from cricket & turn up the day of the next game.
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) December 28, 2021
Silverwood bullish despite defeat
While England coach Chris Silverwood has borne the brunt of the criticism for the result, he maintained the players are still responding to his methods.
“I think they do,” he told the media when answering questions along those lines.
“We had a good honest chat after the last game [a 275-run loss in Adelaide].
“We just have to put performances together and start pushing back [against Australia].
“It is disappointing for us all and the lads will be feeling that in the dressing room.
“The way we caught in the last innings was good as well and I think there are positives coming out of this.
“I’ve got to give our boys credit for the way they pushed back yesterday, but we have to find a way of scoring runs against this attack.”
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