The rivalry between Mitchell Johnson and Kevin Pietersen is well documented, and it seems the two still do not get along as the former Australia pacer’s knack of taking a dig through his tweets did not go down well with the former England batsman. As a result, Johnson ended up getting blocked by Pietersen on Twitter.
It all began when Johnson apparently took a dig at England’s pace quartet- James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jake Ball and Chris Woakes for their performance in the first innings of the just-concluded first Ashes Test at the Gabba. Johnson posted his tweet on Saturday (November 25), which was the third day of the Test, after England took the second new ball.
England immediately reaped the rewards of the new ball as Anderson dismissed Tim Paine and Stuart Broad accounted for Mitchell Starc just two overs after the new ball was taken. However, the visiting pacers found it tough trouble Australia skipper Steve Smith and Pat Cummins as the duo played some beautiful shots, prompting Johnson to take a dig at Anderson & Co. as well as Pietersen and former England skipper Michael Vaughan’s commentary.
“Hey @KP24 @MichaelVaughan yesterday were carrying on about the pommy fast bowlers being able to bowl in the 140’s. Ever since they’ve taken the second new ball they’ve been bowling medium pace. They are allowed to bend their backs, and there’s 4 of them,” he tweeted.
Not surprisingly, the tweet did not go down well with Pietersen who slammed the pacer by writing:“Mitchell, is this you or your management tweeting? If it’s you, you not helping yourself! If it’s your management, ask them to stop or sack them!”
Mitchell, is this you or your management tweeting? If it’s you, you not helping yourself! If it’s your management, ask them to stop or sack them!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) November 27, 2017
Perhaps surprised by the meek response, Johnson wrote:“??? Good response #flog”
The heated exchange of tweets soon came to an unexpected end with Pietersen blocking Johnson, who found it a bit funny.
Meanwhile, Australia thrashed England by 10 wickets in Brisbane to go one nil up in the five-Test series. Chasing a modest 170, Australian openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft shared a record unbeaten partnership of 173 runs to take their team home.
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