Not 1 for starting beefs , former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting outdid himself this time.
During different calamitous time for the Brits successful the 2nd Ashes Test, ex-England batter Kevin Pietersen took a changeable astatine the existent England players for not playing Nathan Lyon much aggressively, belittling the Australian spinner successful the process.
"Can idiosyncratic delight smack Lyon? FFS!" helium wrote connected societal media.
"Off-spinner with zero variations and bowling connected satellite cricket's flattest road!"
Pietersen's selective representation failed to recognise his ain dismal grounds against Lyon, the maligned spinner who has much Test wickets than immoderate different English bowler successful history.
The Aussie dismissed Pietersen 4 times successful Test cricket - the lone different bowlers that claimed his wicket much was Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan and Saeed Ajmal.
Such damaging impervious was capable for Ponting to weigh-in.
"Four 100 Test wickets, Kev," helium said successful commentary.
"Lyon to Pietersen. Lyon got him 4 times for 163 runs and astatine the Adelaide Oval, the world's flattest cricket wicket, Kevin Pietersen, nary for 14 disconnected 23 balls with 15 dots and lone 1 boundary.
"Come connected Kev."
Pietersen came backmost this greeting (AEDT) connected Twitter, defending his instrumentality connected Lyon.
"It's rather bizarre however galore Australians responded truthful negatively to my tweet astir Lyon," helium tweeted.
"The Aussie mode would beryllium to onslaught and NOT play him similar these English batters. Because he's got 400 wickets you're not allowed to onslaught him?! Strange!"
Ponting couldn't assistance himself aboriginal successful the sum erstwhile Lyon's competency was connected amusement again.
England No. 6 Ollie Pope was caught by Marnus Labuschagne astatine abbreviated limb disconnected Lyon's bowling, aft skipping down the transportation and trying to play him done mid-wicket. The ill-fated determination led to Lyon's archetypal scalp.
The 34-year-old grabbed different aft the beverage break, bowling England all-rounder Chris Woakes with a crisp turning delivery. He finished disconnected the time with figures of 3/58.
"I wonderment if Kev's inactive watching," Ponting joked successful commentary.
"The GOAT's conscionable taken different one. This is high-class bowling, pushed him back. They near the tract unfastened connected the off-side, wrong borderline backmost connected the stumps.
"This is disconnected rotation of the highest class."
Responding to Woakes' dismissal, Pietersen tweeted: "Imagine helium was down the wicket and smacked it onto the grass?!"
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