Home > News >

Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke-Kevin Pietersen ‘tame’ sledging livens up slow day at The Oval

Michael Clarke Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen (left) gets an earful from Australian captain Michael Clarke during Day Three of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval © Getty Images

Aug 24, 2013

Australian captain Michael Clarke exchanged a few words with England batsman Kevin Pietersen during Day Three of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval, before the umpires had to intervene.

The Telegraph reported that Clarke told Pietersen “nobody likes you”, referring to the latter’s text message controversy and split from the England team last year. Pietersen is said to have responded by saying, “you’re the captain and nobody likes you”, referring to Australia’s dressing room troubles which preceded the Ashes tour, which included the sacking of former coach Mickey Arthur.

However, Australian pacer Peter Siddle played down the incident during the post-match press conference, saying that the perceived sledging was “pretty tame”.

The incident occurred in the second session of a day which seemed to progress at a slow pace due to England’s low rate of scoring. The hosts, who already have a 3-0 advantage in the series, ambled along at a rate just above two runs per over as they looked to play Australia out of the match.

At one stage, the sell-out crowd resorted to slow hand-clapping in frustration to the home team’s pace. However, England batsman Joe Root, who scored 68 from 184 balls, hoped that the supporters would understand the reason behind their approach.

“People come to watch the cricket for a number of reasons,” said Root. “We need to play the situation. Fair credit to Australia they bowled well all day and made it hard to score fluently.

“The pitch is slow and hard to time the ball on. We have seen people like Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen score fluently but it was not that easy even for them. We have played pretty well to get to where we have.”

Siddle, meanwhile, said that Australia cannot control England’s rate of scoring.

“If they want to play the way they do, fine. We can’t control it,” said Siddle. “All we can control is getting wickets six wickets and see where the match ends up. We were just asking them what they were up to, if they were thinking of playing a few strokes or push the runs along. It was pretty tame really.”

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Cardiff

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 27, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Basseterre, St Kitts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Nottingham

More

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 26, 2014  at Hambantota

Sri Lanka won by 77 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 25, 2014  at Harare

Australia won by 198 runs

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 25, 2014  at Basseterre, St Kitts

West Indies won by 91 runs

India tour of England 2014

Aug 25, 2014  at Bristol

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 23, 2014  at Hambantota

Pak won by 4 wkts (D/L method)

Photos

West Indies vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI at St Kitts

Videos

Mitchell Marsh: This is a big opportunity for me

India vs England, 2nd ODI at Cardiff: England’s likely playing XI

MS Dhoni taking on England in England and BCCI at home!

India tour of England 2014: 5 key battles to watch out for in Cardiff

India vs England 2nd ODI at Cardiff: India’s likely playing XI

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014: 2nd ODI Highlights

Australia England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe

Phil Hughes completes his 3rd ODI half century against South Africa

Live streaming: India vs England 2nd ODI at Cardiff

India vs England 2nd ODI at Cardiff 2014: Weather Update

Live Scorecard: India vs England 2nd ODI at Cardiff

Australia vs South Africa, Zimbabwe Tri Series 2014 Match 2 at Harare: Australia are off to a rapid start

Don Bradman and his ducks

India vs England ODI series 2014: Why an Indian win will be surprising

India vs England, 2nd ODI at Cardiff: England’s likely playing XI

MS Dhoni taking on England in England and BCCI at home!

India vs England, 2nd ODI at Cardiff: The Stuart Binny – Ravindra Jadeja conundrum

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

664 Posts | 6 Fans

Funny cricket video

NGOs pursue education for all

HTC Desire 510 announced, featuring 4.7-inch display, Android KitKat and LTE support

Priyanka Chopra: I never thought I can become an athlete

Did you know these 10 health benefits of ragi or nachni?

Flipkart DigiFlip Pro ET701, Pro XT801, Pro XT811, Pro XT901 and Pro XT911 Intel-powered Android tablets launched in India, prices start at Rs 5,999

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Sonakshi Sinha goes overboard with the tan!

Khichdi – 4 reasons why it is more than just comfort food!

India vs England 2nd ODI at Cardiff 2014: Weather Update

Live Scorecard: India vs England 2nd ODI at Cardiff

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here