Australia were in the driver's seat when England ended day three's proceedings at 294 for the loss of seven wickets. However, Kevin Pietersen was the star of the day, when he scored a centruy to help his team near Australia's first innings lead.
 
In the post-match presser, Pietersen told one cannot say that England is in a safe position if they don't win the third Ashes Test at Manchester.
 
He said, "It's a good enough wicket to still try and get something out of this game if our engine room, as we like to call it, apply themselves tomorrow (Sunday), and we get us as close as we can to their score. There's no reason why we can't, because we've put a lot of work into their big fast bowlers today (Saturday)."
 
About his dismissal he told the media that he thought he heard two noises and also the ball might have pitched outside leg.
 
About his fitness he said that he is just an old man with sore calves and sore hamstrings and not deciding to have surgery before Ashes was a big decision for him.