Former England batsman, Kevin Pietersen, has hit out at Alastair Cook for his poor show in the first three Test in the ongoing Ashes series and then scoring a century in the fourth Test. Here is what Pietersen wrote on social media –

Though he has not mentioned Cook’s name the message is directed towards him as earlier too; he had advised Cook to retire after the left-handed batsman failed to perform in the series. Cook could just manage 83 runs in the first three Test and but in the fourth Test, he scored 104* on day two and is still batting.

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England have already lost the series, and Cook has found his lost form when England have conceded the Ashes urn to the Aussies.

Pietersen has straightaway written that the batsman, who is presumably Cook, is playing for a place in the team.

Both Cook and Pietersen do not share a good rapport as one of the major reasons behind Pietersen’s sacking was his lack of support to the then England captain. Pietersen was sacked in the year 2014.

Pietersen has had been firing shots towards Cook, and this was just one of those.

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Ricky Ponting, Ashes 2017-18, Alastair Cook, Australia Vs England, Perth
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Cook has been under the scanner right from the start of the Ashes series as his contribution in the series was of much importance but he failed to contribute in the first three games. Surely, though, this century will see him opening the innings in England’s international fixture as well.

Also, Cook has pushed out the retirement talks with this inning as of now as he was under immense pressure and was being forced to retire, but a veteran of 151 Tets is not ready to surrender in front the pressure put on him and is all set to continue playing the longest format of the game.

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