Despite heading for a 3-0 loss in this summer’s Ashes series, Australia have decided to target England’s players in the hope of unsettling them ahead of a back-to-back Ashes series down under this winter.
According to the Daily Mail, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke decided to get stuck into Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell during play yesterday that saw England all but ensure they would go away from this series without having lost a single Test.
The article suggests Watson first looked to unsettle the England duo by telling Pietersen he had to “look after the child” once Bell walked to the crease.
Pietersen’s reply was to point out exactly how many more hundreds Bell had over Watson, before Clarke attacked the South African born batsman by saying “no one in your team likes you.”
Again the England batsman fought back, stating Clarke was also liked by no one in his team, despite being captain.
The latest flurry of attacks seem to be a deliberate ploy from Australia after coach Darren Lehmann hoped the Australia crowd would make Stuart Broad cry all the way home in three months’ time.
Rain looks set to force the final Test at the Oval into a draw, leaving Australia without a single win in an Ashes series for the first time since 1977.