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Kevin Pietersen has doubled down on his brutal evaluation of the third Take a look at, slamming the batting from India and England as “completely dreadful” whereas additionally taking a swipe on the latter’s selectors.
The match in Ahmedabad was the shortest accomplished Take a look at since 1935, with simply 842 balls bowled and 338 runs scored within the first three innings.
The pitch got here closely below fireplace for producing a two-day Take a look at — Michael Vaughan and David Lloyd stated it was a diminished to a “lottery” — however Pietersen argued in the aftermath that the wicket “wasn’t horrendous” and the batting was primarily in charge for the transient spectacle.
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Writing in his weblog for Betway forward of Thursday’s fourth Take a look at, the England nice once more roasted each groups’ batsmen for failing to regulate to a sequence of straight, skidding deliveries.
“Sure, the floor at Ahmedabad ensured that the ball was all the time prone to dominate within the third Take a look at. However I’m simply not having this nonsense concerning the pitch being unplayable. I’m not having it,” Pietersen wrote.
“The batting from each groups was completely dreadful.
“As a batsman, you guard towards the straight deliveries. That must be your No.1 precedence. If it beats you on the skin edge, that’s no drawback.”
England captain Joe Root said after the Test that playing on the pitch was “very challenging, very difficult”, and that followers had been “robbed” of a greater contest.
However Pietersen stated that there was no excuse, and took intention at his former workforce.
“The approach and ability ranges on present had been horrendous,” he wrote. “I’ve heard Kohli and Rohit Sharma concede this within the aftermath, however I’m but to listen to an England participant say it.
“England gamers and followers can discuss concerning the pitch, however I’ve performed on pitches in England which have had a lot grass on that batting is nearly unattainable. You need to play the situations.”
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Pietersen wrote that Ollie Pope was the one English participant who used his ft correctly — from time to time — and that it was “irritating” to listen to debate concerning the pitch when easy batting strategies had been being bungled.
However the 40-year-old didn’t place blame for the defeat solely on England’s gamers, writing that he’s nonetheless “baffled” by the workforce’s choice coverage.
With England rotating gamers all through the sequence, Pietersen wrote: “I wish to maintain the ECB’s choice panel to account for this defeat, as a result of it’s an absolute shame that they haven’t despatched their full-strength workforce to play towards India in India.
“A sequence like this may outline you as a participant and outline your profession … Your profession is all about taking these alternatives, so for England to have been rotating all through this sequence is completely disgraceful.”
Nonetheless, Pietersen nonetheless believes England can bounce again having learnt from its experiences in Chennai and Ahmedabad.
Root believes so too, urging his workforce to be “braver” and to free themselves from concern within the sequence finale.
Ever since Root’s double century within the sequence opener paved the way in which for a rating of 578 and a landmark win, England have struggled towards spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel.
Root’s aspect have been bowled out for 134, 164, 112 and 81 however he needs his workforce to cease being paralysed by fear and attempt to land a number of extra blows of their very own.
“We’ve obtained all of the substances, all of the items and all the abilities to use and achieve these situations,” he stated.
“It will be important we harness that, have it within the entrance of our thoughts and be a bit braver truly, play with just a little bit extra freedom.
“That doesn’t imply going on the market and attempting to slog it, or be ultra-aggressive — we have to play our sport a sure method however it’s about not being frightened of the situations.”
— With AFP