December 1, 2010

Ashes 2010-11

Adelaide curator annoys KP

Andrew Miller

Kevin Pietersen has hit out at Damian Hough, the new curator at the Adelaide Oval, after England's first practice session ahead of Friday's second Test was frustrated by bad weather.

With unseasonal rain restricting the players to indoor practice and cautious warming-up sessions on the outfield, Pietersen wrote on Twitter: “What should a groundsmen [sic] make sure he does 2days out from a test match???? Cover the nets when it rains maybe???” He later followed up with: "PATHETIC!"

According to eye-witnesses, Pietersen also vented his frustration in person at Hough, who took over at the Adelaide Oval this year, following the 32-year reign of the ground's previous curator, Les Burdett.

Pietersen is no stranger to Twitter controversy. Back in September, he was fined by the ECB after inadvertently revealing the fact that he had been dropped from England's one-day squad against Pakistan. In a hastily deleted message, he declared the decision a "****-up", and also revealed that he was about to join Surrey on a short-term loan deal.

Fittingly, Hough's actions were defended in a separate tweet on behalf of SACA from Cricket Australia's general manager, Peter Young, who wrote: "SACA has put out a statement re rain 2day, 1st priority was to protect Test track, practice wix [wickets] then covered, normal practice 2moro."

Hough, who unveiled his first Test wicket on Tuesday afternoon, has promised a "traditional Adelaide wicket".

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