Ashes 2023: Pietersen makes brutal evaluation on England’s tempo assault

Amid the continuing Ashes encounter in Edgbaston, the place England’s skipper Ben Stokes’ courageous captaincy is making information, former England all-rounder Kevin Pietersen feels the present set of pacers is one thing ‘to not be feared’, reported Hindustan Instances.

Evaluating the English bowlers with former stars Mitchell Johnson and Shoaib Akhtar, he says the previous had extra fireplace when it comes to tempo. Including extra, he stated that if anybody might create an analogous affect, it could be Mark Wooden, who just isn’t a part of the Edgbaston Take a look at.

Pietersen noticed whereas discussing Travis Head’s issues in coping with the brief deliveries.

“There is a purpose why the bowlers focused in there (brief deliveries) as a result of we do really feel, properly all people feels he (Travis Head) has a problem. And I do not imply to be disrespectful in any respect to the only bowling lineup however they’re (England pacers) to not be feared. And I will say that from a pace-wise perspective the place you’ve got obtained guys bowling at 80 miles an hour, 83 miles an hour. You do not have Mitchell Johnson operating in at 95 or Shoaib Akhtar, and even Woody (Mark Wooden). Woody will run in and he’ll take a look at you?” HT quoted Pietersen saying throughout an interplay on Sky Sports activities.

“So it is advisable to have your wits about you with regards to that instinctive approach of taking part in. Whereas in opposition to (Stuart) Broad at 82-83 and (Ollie) Robinson at 80-82. I am sorry the way in which that he performed it wasn’t pretty much as good as he ought to be taking part in it and completely no approach. So it is an issue and once you get focused with a brief ball, it rocks your foundations as a batter.”

Justifying his assertion, the previous England participant cited the instance of his former colleague Jonathan Trott.

“I keep in mind that with Jonathan Trott when Jonathan went by that interval batting a 3 with us and all people began to go brief to him, it rocked his foundations as a batter. So it is a problem for Head,” he added.

Now wanting on the scorecard, batting first, England scored 393/8 and declared, whereas Australis scored 386 and have been all out. England scored 273 within the second innings, and now Australians want 255 runs to win the take a look at.

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Up to date: 19 Jun 2023, 11:36 PM IST