The star batsman of the England cricket team, Kevin Pietersen, has said that avoiding follow on is very important for his team on the fourth day of the third Ashes test match which is being played at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Replying to Australia’s 527, the score of England at the end of the third day’s play was 294 for the loss of 7 wickets. To avoid follow on, they still need 34 more runs.
The English team could have been in a worse position if Pietersen had not played a fantastic knock on the third day.
The flamboyant Surrey batsman came at no. 5 after the fall of Jonathan Trott’s wicket and he looked in fine form.
He was a bit circumspect at the beginning of his innings. The ball was reverse swinging and he decided not to go for any flashy shots early on.
But, once he got set, he started playing those fluent drives and flicks and the boundaries started coming frequently for England.
None of the Australian bowlers managed to have any impact on Pietersen. He tackled all of them with ease.
The 33 years old batsman completed his 23rd test match century in 165 balls with 10 fours and 2 sixes.
Pietersen got out just a few minutes before the end of the day’s play at the score of 113. He was adjudged leg before wicket off the bowling of Mitchell Starc.
Talking to the reporters in the evening, Pietersen said, “We are not in a comfortable position at the moment, but, there is still a lot of cricket to be played in this game. Still all three results are possible. But, for us, the most important thing is to avoid follow on tomorrow morning.”
“There is nothing much happening on that track to be honest. So, if our lower order players can apply themselves, we can get some runs tomorrow.”