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Caption This with Kevin Pietersen


As one in every of England’s biggest batsmen, Kevin Pietersen received 4 of a doable six Ashes sequence over the course of his 10-year worldwide profession. On this article, Caption This with Betway, Pietersen reacts to a sequence of images from these clashes in opposition to Australia.

Hitting Warne for six

Six in opposition to Warne.

This Australian facet was fairly one thing.

There was no negatives, it was simply all about win, win, win, win, win. And we knew the one option to beat win, win, win, win, win, was to try to win, win, win, win, win.

However I believe what my runs did was it mentioned to the group: Okay, if this little clown can do it, we’ve been round for a bit bit longer than him, that was solely his first sport, we must also go and do it.

McGrath’s damage at Edgbaston

McGrath going over on a ball.

We noticed McGrath go down and to say that we weren’t excited might be a lie.

Clearly with McGrath not being in a Check match, you stand a a lot better probability. If you wish to be optimistic and also you need to actually exit and smack Australia like we mentioned we had been going to do, to not have McGrath there to go and pitch it on line and size was a large plus and a large bonus for us.

Edgbaston finale

We nearly performed Bazball again in 2005 on this Check match.

Each single Check match was iconic.

The Australians that turned up that closing morning, they bought louder and louder.

Then they began screaming, 5 runs, three runs, after which Harmy bowled that full toss to Lee and he smacked it out to Simon Jones. As he hit it, I believed ‘sport over’.

However he fielded it, after which what occurred subsequent was, for the sequence, for what folks nonetheless speak about, it was simply meant to be.

Oval heroics

Oh, crikey. Each time I see this image I simply assume ‘put your helmet again on’.

To have been capable of carry the group house on that closing day was life-changing for me.

Most of this was instinctive.

Blocking at 96 miles an hour when a man’s attempting to wash you up, it simply doesn’t occur. And it couldn’t occur that day.

Me and Ashley Giles doing maths, we had been most likely so means off the mark anyway.

Regardless of what number of runs we bought, we stored saying: ‘We’ve bought to get extra, we’ve bought to get extra’.

Celebrations + Flintoff’s influence

Ah, the celebrations.

Freddie’s influence on that sequence specifically was, for him, completely spectacular. For the group, he was nearly that cog within the wheel that bought us house.

His starvation and his want to simply preserve performing. He bought runs with the bat, doesn’t drop a catch, a really intimidating persona.

He was the ringleader, Freddie.

Cricket grew to become entrance web page information.

All of us idiots bought MBEs for simply this, due to what this meant to the nation.

Remembering Shane Warne

That is an extremely particular picture as a result of he was an incredible, nice good friend.

He had aura, Shane.

He was simply such a enjoyable man to be round, and someone who, if he was on this room now, you’d need to sit subsequent to him.

I do know what he did to get me into that England group and the stuff that he was saying within the media, most likely undeserved, a few of how good he was being about me.

However we additionally had some unbelievable battles. I’ll always remember the primary Check on the Gabba, when he stored throwing the ball at me and we had one of many greatest ding-dongs.

It’s nearly unattainable to consider that Warnie’s nonetheless not right here.

Only a legend.

Michael Clarke dismissal

Ah, this was the Michael Clarke wicket.

I used to be requested to come back on and try to ship some magic, roll the arm over and see if I might do one thing.

Obtained one to spin, bought one to bounce. Bat, pad, caught by Prepare dinner at quick leg.

I most popular doing the smacking than being smacked.

Bowling for me grew to become laborious work.

However yeah, went upstairs, referred it and that was it. Michael Clarke was on his means again to the dressing room. It form of opened up one finish and we went on to win the Check match.

Successful in Australia

Sure, have a look at the grins, you’ll be able to see the grins. Successful in Australia was such an enormous factor for English cricket.

Perhaps it was as a result of we put them underneath a lot strain, due to how good we had been, that we had been capable of simply clear them out and clear them out as rapidly as we did.

It was an unbelievable batting line-up, an unbelievable batting line-up. An unbelievable group really, by way of all of these gamers taking part in on the similar time.

To have the ability to say we beat Australia in Australia is an enormous factor.

Successful 4 Ashes

4 of them. Successful 4 Ashes, profitable I believe it was 4 from six.

The cap that I’ve bought on there’s something that has delight of place in my home.

Due to all of the blood, sweat and tears that goes into taking part in all these, and there was blood, there was numerous sweat and there was additionally numerous tears.

To have 4 of these little urns is, yeah, it’s fairly cool.

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