The Ashes 2017 started on Thursday with the first Test at The Gabba in Brisbane. While England batsmen James Vince and Mark Stoneman won the plaudits on Day 1 for their brilliant showing with the bat, another Englishman hogged the limelight for off-field news. Kevin Pietersen was taken to the cleaners after wearing a pair of light tan shoes that stood out like a white ball would in Test cricket. Many, including cricketers, took to Twitter to poke the former England batsman but Pietersen had the last laugh as he hit back at the "fashion gurus" with a brilliant tweet.
New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham put out a poll for his Twitter followers on whether Pietersen had made a worse start to an Ashes series than England pacer Steve Harmison, who famously bowled an extra-wide wide with the first ball in Brisbane in 2006.
For all you fashion gurus out there hammering my shoes...! The more you pipe up, the more I'll wear 'em. Even some blue socks for you today! pic.twitter.com/o7L9qt6vnk— KP (@KP24) November 23, 2017
Others didn't hold back either as they hilariously trolled the South African-born cricketer.
What's the most shocking start to an Ashes series down under?— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) November 22, 2017
Kevin Pietersen's day one fashion faux pas list— Huw Bonello (@Huw_Bonello) November 22, 2017
- Shoes too light
- No belt
- Tie not long enough
- Shirt untucked
The real #Ashes issues...
Can we talk about Kevin Pietersen's terrible shoes? Should someone tell him?#Ashes— Ross Duckham (@RossDuckham) November 22, 2017
England's James Vince was spectacularly run out with a century beckoning on his Ashes debut as Australia hit back to leave the first Test finely balanced after day one on Thursday.
It took a special piece of fielding from Lyon to end Vince's 170-ball, four-hour vigil and give the Australians hope on a rugged first day on an unresponsive Gabba pitch.
England suffered a mini collapse on Day 2, losing five wickets for just 56 runs to be bowled out for 302.
Australia got off to a horrible start after being reduced to 76 for four but captain Steve Smith and veteran batsman Shaun Marsh got their team out of a massive hole.