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Kevin Pietersen responds to Pat Cummins' warning to England batsmen

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Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins issued a warning to England's batsmen earlier this week while speaking to the media in Sydney ahead of the Ashes series this winter.

"Hope you practice your bouncers, because we'll be bowling a lot of them. No one really likes it if you've got real pace and real accuracy. They play on slower wickets, not as much bounce so, over here, it's one of our biggest strengths," Cummins claimed.

"We grow up on these wickets and, as bowlers, getting bounce has always been really important. I think we're lucky that there's a few of us who are all pretty tall and get a bit of bounce and like to bowl with a bit of pace."

The 24-year-old, whose career has been blighted by injury, will be looking forward to playing in his first Test series on home soil. But his comments have caused quite a stir.

Kevin Pietersen is the latest to weigh in on Cummins comments.

Pietersen, an ex-England captain, is less than impressed with the headlines that have come out of Cummins' warning and claims he has heard it all before.

"Just read that an Aussie fast bowler has told ENG to prepare for bouncers in Aus! EVERY ashes tour down under the media lead with this story"

"Next Ashes headline - Prepare for a barrage of sledging...! Then... A 5-0 drubbing on its way...! "

Pietersen was referring to the last time England visited Australia and received a 5-0 battering, where the hosts' bowling department ripped through the tourists batting order with ease.

England Nets Session

Despite the confidence of their former captain, there remains plenty of uncertainty regarding Joe Root's line up for the five-Test series.

With Ben Stokes set to miss out and doubts over who will bat at No.3, the Aussies have every reason to be feeling confident about regaining the Ashes.

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The Ashes
Kevin Pietersen
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Australia cricket
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