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Kevin Pietersen makes fun of Joe Root, England fans go after former batsman

Kevin Pietersen was roasted by English fans on Twitter after he took a dig at England cricket team skipper Joe Root even as the side was facing defeat in the third Ashes Test vs Australia cricket team.

cricket Updated: Dec 18, 2017 16:34 IST
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Kevin Pietersen is part of the commentating team at the ongoing Ashes series between Australia cricket team and Indian cricket team. (Getty Images)

As England were on the verge of defeat in the third Ashes Test against Australia cricket team in Perth, staring at the prospect of losing the Urn, former batsman Kevin Pietersen was roasted by English fans on Twitter after he took a dig at current captain Joe Root. (Australia vs England 3rd Test Scorecard)

Pietersen, who is commentating in the ongoing Ashes, posted a morphed picture of the captain holding a water gun with the caption: “Captain Fantastic!”

England were already trailing 0-2 and with wet conditions hampering play on the fifth day, the dig didn’t go down well with most English fans who found the tweet and the occasion unfortunate.

England, eventually, lost the Test and the series on Monday. But the dig against Root has infuriated fans given that the England captain isn’t going through the best of times, having scored just 176 runs in the six innings so far, including two half centuries.

In contrast, his counterpart, Steve Smith, has 426 runs against his name in four innings, including a century and an astonishing 239 runs scored in the first innings of the Perth Test.

Having won the toss in Perth, England opted to bat first in the third Test before putting on their best show in the series so far, posting 403 in the first innings. However, an individual brilliance by Steve Smith, who became the first captain to score an Ashes double hundred, led Australia to a mammoth 662/9 declared before Josh Hazlewood ran through the English batting line-up in the second innings to finish with figures of 5/48, and hand Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 14:05 IST