'It's actually just Jimmy and Joe playing against India' - Kevin Pietersen urges other England players to step up

‘It’s actually just Jimmy and Joe playing against India’ – Kevin Pietersen urges other England players to step up

James Anderson scalped a five-wicket haul, giving away 62 runs in the first innings of the second Test.

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen. (Photo by Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

England and India are embroiled in an intriguing five-match Test series on England soil. Even though the first Test match between the two sides ended in a draw, India was on top of England for a majority of the Test match. But in the end, rain played spoilsport at Nottingham, and the first Test ended in a stalemate. And, if not for Joe Root’s splendid century in the second innings of the first Test, England might have well been 0-1 down.

In the second Test, India batted first and posted a total of 364 runs. And this time, it was another England legend James Anderson who stood up for his side with the red cherry. Anderson scalped a five-wicket haul, giving away 62 runs in the first innings.

England batting legend Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to state that only veterans James Anderson and Joe Root are actually playing against India. He urged even the other England cricketers to stand up for the team’s cause.

“So it’s actually just Jimmy & Joe playing against India at the moment. Someone else needs to stand up! And, STAND UP QUICK!,” tweeted Pietersen.

You can see Kevin Pietersen’s tweet below

England produces a good performance with the bat in the second Test

The England side produced a good performance with the willow in the second Test match against India at Lord’s. At the time of writing, the England scorecard reads 186/3, with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow occupying the crease. While Root is batting on 77, Bairstow has helped himself to 38. England still trials India by 178 runs.

For the Indian side, it was the openers, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma who stole the spotlight with the bat in the second Test match. While Rahul scored a flawless 129 off 250 deliveries, Rohit Sharma scored a sensational 145-ball 83 at the top of the order.

Apart from the openers, skipper Virat Kohli and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also contributed useful runs as well. While Kohli scored 42 off 103 deliveries, Jadeja scored a patient 120-ball 40 for the Indian side.