Pietersen, Johnson exchange heated words
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:KP Pietersen, MG Johnson
Event:Australia in British Isles 2009

DateLine: 13th July 2009


England batsman Kevin Pietersen got into a heated argument with Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson before the start of the final day in Cardiff.


The argument looked to have clearly rattled the right-hander while he went into bat in England's second innings in the first Test.


The tension boiled over when Pietersen struck a ball that went close to hitting Johnson, who was warming up with his teammates before the start of the day's play.


The Australian pacer was not amused and confronted Pietersen and the pair was captured by TV cameras standing chest to chest, exchanging words and eyeballing each other until Johnson was pulled away by fellow pacer Stuart Clark.


This incident agitated Pietersen and it looked he was completely out of the game during his 16 minutes stay at the crease.


Pietersen edged an aggressive Johnson just short of second slip and also survived a close lbw appeal from Peter Siddle. He was finally cleaned up by Ben Hilfenhaus for eight runs.


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