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Kevin Pietersen has a harsh reality check for England's cricketers

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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen was quick to have his say on current England batsman Alastair Cook’s double-century.

Cook hit a record 244 not out to put England into a strong position on the third day of the fourth Test Down Under, and it came at a good time for the batsman.

It's been well documented that Cook has struggled for form during the series, losing his wicket cheaply and struggling against the Aussie attack.

However, it was a different story this time around, as he took the fourth Test by the scruff of the neck and took control of the game for England.

In doing so, Cook surpassed Pietersen’s joint-record for most 150+ scores for England in Test matches.

However, Pietersen has poured some cold water over the buzz surrounding Cook's individual display, and England's fourth Test display in general.

He's taken to Twitter to hit them with a serious reality check following three abysmal displays that cost them the Ashes in the first place.

He posted: "Never quite understood the, ‘playing for pride’ when a series is lost. More like, ‘playing for your place in the team because you’ve lost.’

"There’s ZERO pride in winning after you’ve lost!:"

Cook’s position, along with other players, are under question given the poor showing so far in the Ashes.

There is no doubt this will have helped Cook keep his place in the team, but it will also help restore pride.

The series is lost, but the Barmy Army will still expect to see a strong performance from the England players having spent their time and money to support the team.

People will argue Pietersen should be playing as part of the team, and they may be in a better position if he was, but due to his relationship with the England board, and in particular Andrew Strauss, it's highly unlikely that he'll make a return.

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Topics:
The Ashes
Joe Root
England cricket
Australia cricket
Kevin Pietersen
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