Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine has slammed former England batsman Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen recently took to Twitter to question Australia’s strict quarantine rules and said that the players are tired of living in the bio-bubble. Pietersen even demanded the removal of the rules. Many England players are considering withdrawing from the Ashes series in view of Australia’s strict quarantine rules, including the name of English captain Joe Root. The Kangaroo captain made it clear that the Ashes will be held whether Root comes or not.
In conversation with ‘Sean Hobart’, Paine said, ‘The Ashes will be held. The first Test starts on December 8, regardless of whether Joe (Root) comes here or not. They all want to come, no doubt about it. They are trying to put themselves in the best possible conditions. But in the end we are all doing the same. He has a choice whether he wants to sit on the flight to come here or not. No one is forcing any England players to come here. The beauty of the world we live in is that you have a choice. If you don’t want to come, don’t come.’
Taking a dig at Pietersen, Paine said, “He (Peterson) is an expert in everything, no doubt about it. Only, leave it to the players to decide, let them speak. We haven’t heard a single England player saying that they are not coming. The Ashes series is to start from December 8 and the first match is to be played at the Gabba. The fifth and final match of the series is to be held in Perth.