The Ashes have returned. As the victors of the T20 World Cup 2021, Australia will face England on their home pitches starting December 8th for a five-match series. The first Test match will be held in Brisbane at Gabba. It’s a much-anticipated Ashes series because England hasn’t won it in the last two seasons.
In an exclusive video published by Betway Sports before the 2021/22 match, ex-England batsman Kevin Pietersen highlighted the keys to overcoming the Australians.
Pietersen was a part of England’s Ashes-winning team in 2010/11. The famous English batsman had indeed scored 360 runs in the victorious 2010/11 Ashes series, as well as getting the key catch of Michael Clarke in Adelaide.
Pietersen answered the following question with his stated tips and tricks. Below are the mentioned ones.
What’s the importance of winning the Ashes Series?
“I believe you understand how significant the Ashes are only after your career.” Somewhere at the end of your career, you are entirely evaluated on how you performed in the Ashes. Something that enthusiasts and the general people get the media interested in. And you’re constantly reminded of it. It’s a huge accomplishment to claim we defeat Australians in Australia. “These are historic times,” stated Pietersen.
How important is it to have a good start?
“Whenever you get off to a strong start, the public and media begin to doubt the Australian side.” We got that draw in Brisbane, and then we went to Adelaide on that tour, and that’s where we established all of our momenta. “It’s critical that the early test doesn’t go wrong,” the icon continued.
Pietersen on Scoring Big
“In Australia, striking a ton of runs is what you have to do. You must ensure that the bowlers remain on the field. Cook scored 700 runs, I scored lots, Ian Bell scored much, and Strauss scored runs. “It’s important to know that even if you fail, your other buddy will absolutely show up,” Pietersen added.
Pietersen on Backing Strike Bowlers
“You also need a strike bowler who can keep possession and a spinner who can dictate play.” It’s about having critical individuals available to perform when you need them to. Anderson’s reverse swing and control were as outstanding as anyone’s at the time. We had the bowlers to keep him safe, and we all know how good Swann is on his day,” Pietersen explained.
Seizing the Moment
“I recall in the 2006-07 season in Adelaide, we reached 550 during the first session and failed that test match.” The secret to success in Australia is to maintain momentum and to keep people interested the rest of the time.
The Australians have that ragtag attitude, that fight, tenacity, and grit. “If you offer an opportunity, they will get you,” he said. From December 8 to December 12, the opening match of the Ashes series will be contested at the Gabba. Following that, the second Test of the series will begin on December 16 at the Adelaide Oval.
The following game will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26th, while the fourth match will be played in Sydney. The series’ final match will begin on January 14 in Perth.