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Kevin Pietersen exclusive: I’m lying on a Miami beach waiting for the call but England CAN turn this around

After Australia trashed England to level the series at Lord's on Sunday, our columnist Kevin Pietersen suggests a few fixes to put things right...

by Paul Mallon | July 21, 2015

KP has watched the opening two Ashes Tests from Miami and has some strong opinions on what’s going wrong…

There’s no getting around it, Lord’s was a nightmare for us. Nothing went to plan for England and we were outplayed from the start. That said, I’ve seen people screaming for wholesale changes and blaming this and that, but everyone needs to step back and relax. We’re 1-1 against arguably the best team in the world. How many of us would’ve been happy with that before the series started? I certainly would have been.

There is a change or two I would recommend, however.

Admittedly it was the manner of the defeat which was most damaging, but I know just how much those boys will be hurting right now and how desperate they’ll be to get back to winning ways. Guys like Belly, Cooky, Broady and Jimmy have so much experience in Ashes series  and they’ll be pressing to the lads that this series has a long way to go yet.

For England to win in Birmingham our top order need to start scoring, that’s no secret. But I expect Belly, in particular, to come out with a point to prove on his home ground. He’s a class act and having batted together for many years, I can tell you he’ll be doing everything to get it right come Edgbaston and if anyone can produce something special, he can. As for Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance, if they weren’t already under enough pressure just playing in an Ashes series, then this next Test will be that 10-fold. Pressure of that magnitude can make and break people, so fingers crossed it’s the former as we simply can’t afford for them not to score big runs.

Jonny Bairstow is also waiting in the wings and it wouldn’t surprise me if we saw him at some point during this series. He’s been in superb form and will be well aware he could have a major part to play in this Ashes should he get the call.

 

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