Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > Features >

Ashes 2013-14: Kevin Pietersen let England down with unnecessary shot on Day 2 of 3rd Test

Ashes 2013-14: Kevin Pietersen let England down with unnecessary shot on Day 2 of 3rd Test
Kevin Pietersen (left) was dismmised by Peter Siddle (centre) for the 10th time on Day Two of the third Test at Perth © Getty Images

Kevin Pietersen’s wicket on Saturday handed Australia the upper hand over England after Day Two of the third Ashes 2013-14 Test in Perth. While the headlines were that he had been dismissed for a 10th time by Peter Siddle, the real news is that England have gone quite behind in the Test and they may not realise it till after play begins on Day Three. Another topic of discussion is that of Pietersen’s shot. Shrikant Shankar writes that Pietersen let himself, his teammates and England down with an unnecessary shot.

 

Anyone can get out at anytime to a great ball. The ball might begin on the line of the leg-stump but start swinging away to the off-side after pitch on middle. It might continue shaping away and knock the top of off-stump. There is nothing that any batsman can do to tackle such a delivery. Or he might get one pitching on a back of a length but it would climb towards his helmet. If he is almost through his shot, he will not connect well and is more likely to lose his wicket. This is acceptable. However, when one gets a long-hop bowled at a speed of 133 kmph and  the batsman completely miscues a pull to mid-on, it is intolerable — especially if he is a top-notch world-class batsman.

 

So when Kevin Pietersen got out to Peter Siddle for the 10th time, in the manner mentioned  above, one knows that it is unacceptable for a batsman of his caliber. It isn’t only about England’s position in the game but batsmen cannot throw their wickets away like that in any form of the game. However, consider where the third Test at Perth stood then.  Here is a team that is trailing the another by 239 runs on Day Two of a Test. Pietersen let himself, his teammates and England down by playing that pull shot to hand Australia the advantage.

 

This wasn’t one of his slam-bang innings, where he blazed through for a century and put England in a commanding position. He was batting to keep England alive in the five-match series, where they trail 2-0 after two Tests. Pietersen was batting on 19 off 59 balls. His innings included only one four and was batting cautiously. It is known that Pietersen is a dominating batsman, but the Australian bowlers managed to keep him quiet.

 

On Saturday, runs were hard to come by for Pietersen. After almost seeing out a testing time in the middle at the WACA, he threw it away in a moment of indiscretion.  One would argue that it is a part of Pietersen’s natural game and he has made a name for himself with his free-stroking bating. . But a batsman’s real greatness is not only measured on  his most fluent knocks. Innings which come when the team has its back to the wall help determine the character of a batsman. Pietersen has to script that knock as England need him to resurrect their Ashes campaign.

 

England, although trailing Australia by a big margin, look a better side with Pietersen still batting — no matter what the score. So, when he is back in the dressing room, one knows that England are all the more weaker. He has a chance to make amends in the second innings, but England are already behind in the match and it will take some effort to get back.

 

(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 17, 2014  at Sharjah

Scores delayed by 15 mins Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 8 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 16, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 41 runs

Womens World T20, 2014

Apr 6, 2014  at Dhaka

Australia Women won by 6 wkts

T20 WC 2014

Apr 6, 2014  at Dhaka

Sri Lanka won by 6 wkts

Womens World T20, 2014

Apr 4, 2014  at Dhaka

England Women won by 9 wkts

Photos

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play cricket

Videos

Video Highlights: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders wickets

IPL 7: Vintage Jacques Kallis showed his class for Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians

IPL 2014: Onus on Chris Gayle to take Royal Challengers Bangalore all the way

IPL 2014: Capacity crowd at UAE provides glimpse of the T20 league’s huge following

Narendra Modi’s tea-vendor origin influences MS Dhoni in calling laundrymen to clean up BCCI mess

Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2014 Preview: RCB have advantage over DD sans Kevin Pietersen

Australia BCCI Delhi Daredevils India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kolkata Knight Riders Lasith Malinga Mumbai Indians Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders Royal Challengers Bangalore Sachin Tendulkar Virat Kohli

Prem Kumar Dhumal denies extending land allocation favour to HPCA

IPL 2014: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils by 8 wickets

Delhi Daredevils (DD) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2014: Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh make merry

Delhi Daredevils (DD) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2014: Royal Challengers Bangalore in firm control over run-chase

Delhi Daredevils (DD) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2014: Bangalore lose Parthiv

Former Australia PM Robert Menzies used cricket to win a case as a lawyer

Naoomal Jaoomal: The man who opened batting in India’s first ever Test

Sony launches ‘IPL Smart Earphone’ to filter crap commentary; calls endeavour CSR

IPL Statistics and Records: IPL’s First

IPL 2014: Umpire Camera View creates latest buzz in tournament

Fan of the Day

Sudatta Mukherjee

Sudatta Mukherjee

1 Posts | 0 Fans

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014 Video Highlights

Nokia Lumia 2520 sales suspended due to issue with faulty charger

Live Score Updates, IPL 2014: Delhi Daredevils (DD) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Bangalore 146/2 after 16.4 Ovrs

John Abraham to play don again!

BJP performance will surprise BJD, Congress: KV Singhdeo

Suffer from hemophilia and planning to conceive?

[Watch] Rahul Gandhi laid down his life for the country, claims over enthusiastic Congress leader

Delhi Daredevils (DD) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2014: Royal Challengers Bangalore in firm control over run-chase

Paanch: What did Gauti, Gauri and her gang do to Roshni Kataria?

Also on cricketcountry.com