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The retired international levelled stern criticism at England during the 2017 Ashes Series.

Kevin Pietersen enjoys Barmy Army chant as England win third ODI in Australia

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BT Sport co-commentator Kevin Pietersen was loving the Barmy Army chants in Sydney as England won their third ODI with two games to spare, making up for the lacklustre Ashes Test series.

England fans cheered an ironic 'we're gonna win 5-4,' referring to the fact they lost 4-0 in the Test series, but are well on their way to winning 5-0 in the ODI series.

After hearing the chant, former England right-handed batsman Pietersen exclaimed: "They're on it, the Barmy Army are on it! That's absolutely magnificent."

Pietersen laughed as the last bowl of the day was delivered by Chris Woakes.

The Melbourne Stars Big Bash player said: "It was all led by the ball which Mark Wood bowled at the MCG only a week ago, that bouncer which Warner had to get out the way of.

"England were gonna be attacking and aggressive, they were gonna throw all the punches," the right-handed batsman, who himself played 136 ODI matches, explained.

Jos Butler helped England to victory with a century, and Woakes made 52 with Mark Wood taking 2-46 as Eoin Morgan's side won by 16 runs.

The away side were on 302-6 at the close of play after Australia made 286-6 in 50 overs following 55 from Mitch Marsh, 56 from Marcus Stoinis, and 62 from Aaron Finch.

Trevor Bayliss' team won the first game in Melbourne by five wickets and the second in Brisbane by four wickets to set up the 3-0 ODI series win.

The support for England throughout the Australian summer has been fantastic, with thousands of Barmy Army faithful travelling Down Under to support the team, despite five disappointing Ashes Tests.

The more positive remarks from ex-ODI international Pietersen came after he brandished the England squad heading to the Ashes 'an absolute joke' before the Tests had even began. 

He later admitted during the Test series that England had faced some of 'the most scariest bowling imaginable', yet lamented at the fact that Trevor Bayliss' team were getting 'absolutely smashed.'

The last two ODIs get underway in Adelaide and Perth on January 26 and 28 at the Oval and the Optus Stadium respectively. 

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