Ashes 2017: Kevin Pietersen blocks Mitchell Johnson on Twitter after England’s loss to Australia in the first Test

Ashes 2017: Kevin Pietersen blocks Mitchell Johnson on Twitter after England's loss to Australia in the first Test

Kevin Pietersen and Mitchell Johnson found the pitch for their latest battle on Twitter, with the former England batsman taking drastic action after some unsavoury words from the former Australian pacer.

Mitchell Johnson and Kevin Pietersen were intense rivals on the field and though it has been a few years since they last meet – in the last Ashes Down Under – they are not giving up on hostilities anytime soon.

Kevin Pietersen and Mitchell Johnson were involved in a back-and-forth on social media that ended in a bizarre manner. (Twitter)

Pietersen, former England skipper and batsman, whose career ended after the Ashes 2013/14 – a series in which Johnson took 37 wickets and destroyed England – has blocked the former Australian fast bowler on Twitter after their latest feud on the social media website.

The left-arm pacer was in the form of his life during that series, picking up 37 wickets and troubling most of the English batsmen during Australia’s 5-0 drubbing of the visitors. It was the last series Pietersen played for England, after which his squabble with the England Cricket Board (ECB) put paid to his hopes of making a comeback.

Carrying the tradition of the Ashes banter between former cricketers from either side, Johnson took a dig at the English bowlers by tweeting Pietersen and Michael Vaughan, who are part of the same commentary panel, after the side’s 10-wicket loss to Steve Smith’s side.

“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,” Johnson said in his first tweet.

Pietersen was taken aback at the jibe, and enquired whether the message was actually compiled by him, or was the work of one of his management.

 “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!”, Pietersen retaliated.

Johnson finally posted a screenshot of Pietersen’s Twitter handle, showing that the England batsman had blocked the former Australian pacer on the social media platform.

While the verbal slugfest continues between former cricketers from either team, the real action will shift to Adelaide, with the second Test, a day-night game, scheduled to be held on Saturday, December 2.

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