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Kevin Pietersen Bored by Australia's 'Bouncer' Threat to English Batsmen

Cricketnext Staff |October 13, 2017, 1:54 PM IST
Kevin Pietersen Bored by Australia's 'Bouncer' Threat to English Batsmen

New Delhi: With the Ashes round the corner, mind games have started once again with the Australians asking their English counterparts to prepare for a barrage of bouncers. But former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has laughed off the ‘bouncer’ threat and asked the Australians to try some new tricks as this one has become old and boring.

Taking to Twitter, Pietersen wrote: “Just read that an Aussie fast bowler has told ENG to prepare for bouncers in Aus! EVERY ashes tour down under the media lead with this story - 😴😴😴😴😴😴😴 #BoreOff”

This comes after Pat Cummins sent out a warning saying: “Hope you practice your bouncers because we’ll be bowling a lot of them. No one really likes it if you’ve got real pace and real accuracy. They play on slower wickets, not as much bounce, so over here, it’s one of our biggest strengths.

“We grow up on these wickets and as bowlers getting bounce has always been really important. I think we’re lucky that there’s a few of us who are all pretty tall and get a bit of bounce and like to bowl with a bit of pace. Hopefully the wickets have a bit of pace and bounce in them, there’s nothing like getting your adrenaline up and then running in trying to bowl short.”

Earlier, Mitchell Starc said it could be much like the 2013-2014 Ashes, when the mustachioed Johnson took 37 wickets with terrifying pace as Australia won 5-0.

"We've got a really solid attack and we complement each other," he had said in the Sydney Daily Telegraph. "If it's not me, you've got Pat Cummins who can bowl fast bouncers and Josh Hazlewood bowling consistent line and length.

"It'll be much like that attack did when Johnno took all those wickets, I think we complement each other really well.

"Throw in Jackson Bird, and Coulter-Nile is back bowling really well. So we've got five really good guys there and if Patto is fit to go, six."

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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