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07-10-2009, 06:57 AM #1
Pietersen's 'brain snap' fodder for Aussie media
Sydney, July 09: Australian media seized on Kevin Pietersen`s "brain snap" dismissal but most commentators agreed it was honours even after the opening day of the Ashes series against England in Cardiff.
England were 336 for seven at stumps at Sophia Gardens after paceman Peter Siddle claimed two wickets in the final overs of the first day to drag Ricky Ponting`s tourists back into the contest.
But it was the cheap dismissal of England`s most potent batsman that dominated discussions of the opening day down under.
"Kevin Pietersen has taken just one day to reinforce what many already suspect," The Australian said.
"It is his brain, or more precisely when it will explode, that will prove the axis on which this Ashes series turns.”
"The super-talented South African-born batsman cannot be considered amongst the game`s great batsmen as long as he continues to throw his wicket away in such spectacular fashion."
Pietersen had batted in largely responsible fashion until he rashly tried to sweep off-spinner Nathan Hauritz from well outside off-stump and top-edged a gentle catch to Simon Katich at short leg when on 69.
Former Test batsman Damien Martyn, said Pietersen will regret the mode of his dismissal.
07-10-2009, 07:40 AM #2
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