Kevin Pietersen has questioned Alastair Cook’s desire ahead of the third Ashes Test in Perth and suggested his England career may be coming to an end.
Cook, playing his 150th Test match at the WACA next week, has struggled to make an impact in the ongoing Ashes series, scoring 62 runs in four innings.
The 32-year-old was dismissed twice by Nathan Lyon in the 120-run defeat in Adelaide, a result which saw Australia take a 2-0 lead in the series with three games remaining.
Cook has scored almost 12,000 Test runs since making his international debut over a decade ago but Pietersen has doubts over the former captain’s motivation.
‘It looks like Cook is not very interested,’ Pietersen told ESPNcricinfo. ‘Just the way that he’s got out, the manner of his dismissals and also the way he’s walked off the field once he’s got out.
‘That’s the sign of a bloke who goes, “You know what? Maybe my time is up.” But he’s also quite resilient so can he turn it around? ‘He’s a wonderful player and has been for England for a hell of a long time. This will be his 150th Test match, so you never know.
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