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Kevin Pietersen launches scathing attack on two current England stars

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Kevin Pietersen has slammed England batsmen Gary Ballance and Keaton Jennings for their recent below-par performances, whilst also claiming that the pair simply 'cannot play'.

Pietersen's frustrations seem to be valid, however, as Jennings managed to put up just three runs during an embarrassing defeat to South Africa at Trent Bridge, while Ballance has now failed to cross 50 runs in his last 11 attempts. 

Amidst calls for the pair to be dropped for the upcoming third Test which next starts next week, Ballance has already been ruled out due to a hand injury. 

Surrey opener Mark Stonemand is touted as a possible replacement for Jennings following a convincing domestic summer. 

Pietersen believes that Ballance and Jennings have been in the team for too long, and would like to see Dawid Malan and Jason Roy given the nod. 

He told talkSPORT: "I’m picking from a mindset perspective. I don’t know how many runs Malan has got but I know when I played against him in the Pakistan Super League this year he was hot.

"I’ve spent a lot of time with Jason Roy. You give him a ten-year career with England and he will make the fans very happy.

"I only need to watch a batsman for five minutes to know whether he can play - Jennings cannot play, Ballance cannot play."

With over 350 appearances at the top level for the Three Lions, Pietersen is certainly warranted to provide his expertise in the matter and he might have a point. 

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However, it is well documented Pietersen doesn't see eye-to-eye with officials on the England Cricket Board, and his opinion is likely to be ignored.

The South African-born cricketer has a frosty relationship with Andrew Strauss due to previous encounters, and he also fell out with captain at the time Alistair Cook.

England's crucial third Test against the Proteas starts next Thursday with the series now tied at 1-1. 

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