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Kevin Pietersen Betway blog: Fourth Ashes Test

02 Sep | BY Kevin Pietersen | MIN READ TIME |
Kevin Pietersen Betway blog: Fourth Ashes Test

In his latest blog as a Betway ambassador, Pietersen reveals why Australia still have a great chance of retaining the Ashes.

Still hope for Australia

I was fortunate that, in 2005, my hundred came at the end of the series. I was able to just have some time off.

That works differently now. Ben Stokes and the England team have to get themselves going again quickly. That’s something I didn’t have to do back then.

The jury is out as to whether they can cope with the pressure, and whether they can reach the same intensity after such a high at Headingley.

Momentum is a big thing in sport, and England have got the momentum at the moment after that fightback.

But the Australians will also know that they bowled England out for 67 and, if they’d caught a couple of catches or got that LBW against Stokes, then the series would have been over.

The big question is, do England have another hero? Can Stokes do it again, or will Australia continue to dominate this England batting line-up?

We know that Australia can knock England over cheaply, and that means they will be in the series until the end.

England must guard against complacency

Complacency is something that England need to be careful of. They need to make sure that they don’t think they’ve won the Ashes.

All the Twitter feeds I’ve seen seem to believe that England have already won.

They are 1-1 in the series. The Aussies only need to win one more Test out of the two, and England lose.

So I think everybody needs to start relaxing and calming down a little bit, because this Australia side are still very good.

It took a monumental effort from one player in the England team to do the job at Headingley. Stokes had a couple of chances, but that’s the nature of sport.

England need to make sure they get themselves sorted.

I think Joe Root is definitely going to be tested over the next couple of games. He played well in the second innings at Headingley, but he still has plenty to prove as a captain.

Jason Roy has to deliver. The time is now for him, particularly if he is moved down to No. 4.

You can’t keep scoring low in an Ashes series, because you come under scrutiny and under pressure. Ben Stokes wouldn’t have had to do what he did if a lot of other players had performed.

The Hundred could be a missed opportunity

I trust Ashley Giles as director of English cricket. He’s a good buddy of mine, and he’ll do a good job.

But I’m still not convinced that The Hundred – the ECB’s new domestic competition that will start in 2020 – is the best way of taking advantage of the excitement around cricket.

I think it’s a great shame that nobody from the 2005 team, or any other Englishman, has been asked to be in it as a coach.

I think that in terms of growing the game, there should have been an opportunity for an English coach. They should have gone down that route.

Stephen Fleming and Shane Warne I’m completely OK with, but all the other coaches, not so much.

I think that with the change to the domestic structure, it would have been a nice opportunity to change things up in terms of English coaches.

A couple of the players from the 2005 Ashes team are available – I would have loved Michael Vaughan or Marcus Trescothick to have been given a go.

And it’s not like I was saying it because I want a job – I’m not even in the country next year.

It’s not like I can do it or want to do it, I just think they should have gone down that route. It feels like an opportunity missed.

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Kevin Pietersen

World T20 and four-time Ashes winner, who retired as England’s second-highest run scorer of all time with 13,797 across all formats.

Kevin Pietersen

World T20 and four-time Ashes winner, who retired as England’s second-highest run scorer of all time with 13,797 across all formats.