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The Ashes 2017-18: Kevin Pietersen savages James Anderson and Jake Ball after England’s First Test defeat

KEVIN PIETERSEN slammed England stars Jimmy Anderson and Jake Ball after the First Test defeat at the Gabba.

Joe Root’s men suffered a ten-wicket hammering that capped off 24 hours from hell after Jonny Bairstow’s alleged headbutt incident.

 Kevin Pietersen did not hold back in his assessment of England after their First Test defeat

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Kevin Pietersen did not hold back in his assessment of England after their First Test defeat

But for former England batsman Pietersen, the off-pitch distraction was just the start of a monumental downfall.

And KP picked out bowlers Anderson and Ball for particular criticism after Root’s men were “absolutely smashed” in the opener after starting promisingly.

Speaking on BT Sport, Pietersen said: “The concern is the tail of England, it didn’t wag.

“The concern is top order, nobody seemed to be able to play the short ball well. You want to score runs in Australia you have got to play the short ball well.

 Jake Ball walks away as David Warner celebrates his half century

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Jake Ball walks away as David Warner celebrates his half century
 Jimmy Anderson cannot bear to watch as the hosts win the First Test

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Jimmy Anderson cannot bear to watch as the hosts win the First Test

“Concerns over  [Jimmy] Anderson, did he produce in this Test match? No he didn’t.

“Is Jake Ball any good? I don’t think so. Not at this level. Not in Australia, from what I’ve just seen.


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“Especially with the hype leading into this match, about him wanting to make the Test match and him playing this Test match.

“The cut on Moeen Ali’s finger. There are concerns, there are issues.

 Jake Ball is simply not good enough at this level according to Kevin Pietersen

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Jake Ball is simply not good enough at this level according to Kevin Pietersen

“If they [England] go down in Adelaide, well, this is going to be a long trip.

“There are a lot of issues. I’m not going to stand here and say everything’s bright and breezy in that dressing room.

“They were competing up to the middle of day two but they’ve been absolutely smashed.”

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