May 31, 2023
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Kevin Pietersen wasn’t impressed with Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon regardless of the latter dominating the England batters on Day 3 of the continuing Ashes second Test between the 2 sides on the Adelaide Oval. The former England skipper, in a tweet, termed Lyon, who has greater than 400 Test wickets, as an off-spinner with “zero variations” and had urged the England batters to focus on the bowler. “Can SOMEONE please smack Lyon? FFS! Off spinner with zero variations and bowling on world cricket’s flattest road,” Pietersen had tweeted on Saturday.

Pietersen’s feedback, nevertheless, did not go down properly with former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting.

“I wonder if Kev is still watching? The Goat’s got another one. This is off-spin of the highest class. Four hundred Test wickets, Kev,” quoted Ponting as saying on 7Cricket.

“Lyon to Pietersen. Lyon got him four times for 163 runs and at the Adelaide Oval, the world’s flattest cricket wicket, Kevin Pietersen, none for 14 off 23 balls with 15 dots and only one boundary. Come on Kev,” added Ponting.

Pietersen, nevertheless, appeared miffed on the criticism he had been receiving for his remarks on the Australian spinner.

“It’s quite bizarre how many Australians responded so negatively to my tweet about Lyon. The Aussie way would be to attack and NOT play him like these English batters. Because he’s got 400 wickets, you’re not allowed to attack him? Strange!” Pietersen wrote.

Australia had bowled out England for 236 within the first innings with Mitchell Starc and Lyon taking 4 and three wickets, respectively. The hosts took a 237-run lead, having declared their first innings on 473/9.


At Dinner on Day 4, Australia have been 134 for 4 with Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head 31 and 45, respectively.

Both, nevertheless, fell after the dinner break, however Australia’s lead has gone previous the 400-run mark.

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