“Can Someone Please Smack Lyon”: Kevin Pietersen shakes Twitter while Australia puts England on the ropes

Ash: Kevin Pietersen shook on Twitter in the middle of England’s gloomy batting show.© Instagram

Kevin Pietersen smoked last Saturday at England’s gloomy batting show against Australia on day 3 of the ongoing second Ashes Test in Adelaide. On Twitter, the former English skipper urged the batterers to “taste” Nathan Lyon, whom he called an “off-spinner with zero variations”. The 41-year-old also described the Adelaide Oval, the site of the ongoing Day / Night pink-ball test, as the flattest cricket ground in the world. “Can ANYONE please slam Lyon? FFS! Off spinner with zero variations and bowling on the flattest road in the world,” Pietersen wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

England had lost both their openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed ahead of Stumps on day 2. The visitors resumed play on day 3 at. 17/2 with skipper Root and Malan in the middle.

Both players showed a lot of grid and determination, adding 138 runs to the third wicket before Root was rejected on 62 by young Australian all-rounder Cameron during the second session.

Malan, who struck at 82, was denied seven runs after Roots’ rejection when Mitchell Starc struck to reduce England to 157/4.

Lyon then got the overhaul of Ollie Pope (5) before Starc got his third wicket of the match by rejecting Joe Buttler for a duck.

At Tea, England were eventually knocked out with 236, which was behind Australia by 237 runs.

Earlier, Australia had declared their first innings at 473/9 against the backdrop of a century from Marnus Labuschagne and important battles from David Warner (95) and Steve Smith (93).

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At Stumps on day 3, Australia were 45 for one, leading England by 282 runs.

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