Kevin Pietersen has lashed out at English batsman Alex Hales for his role in Ben Stokes’ brawl in Bristol.
All-rounder Stokes was arrested and faces an uncertain playing future after he was caught on camera knocking a man out during a wild street brawl this week.
The 26-year-old was named England’s vice-captain ahead of this summer’s Ashes Tour, but that position is under threat after footage of the brawl was published.
Hales, who was said to have attempted to intervene in the fight, later assisted police with their enquiries.
But Pietersen, who played 104 Tests for England, savaged Hales, saying his role in the fight was worse than Stokes’
“How are they reporting that Alex Hales is trying to be the peace maker here?” Pietersen wrote on Facebook.
“He REPEATEDLY KICKS the guy in the head on the ground?!
“He should come out of this worse IMO!”
See the post and the video of the incident below
Pietersen is also a vocal critic of the England squad announced to play Australia this summer, taking to Twitter to vent his frustrations.
“I have a comment on England’s Ashes squad – it’s horrendous!” he wrote in a series of tweets this week.
“They may as well not go!”
After seeing the video of Stokes’ brawl, KP posted the following tweets.
“Oh no! Just seen tomorrow’s front page and video!
“Cancel England’s flights please!
“I actually really feel sorry for (Joe) Root, (Alastair) Cook, (Jimmy) Anderson and (Stuart) Broad!”
Pietersen has been a vocal critic of England’s cricket team over the past few years, with rumours a dressing room split lead to his retirement.
In a nine year Test career, Pietersen averaged 47.28, including 23 centuries and 35 half-centuries. He retired after England’s disastrous 2013/14 Ashes series, boasting a high score of 227.
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