Key batsman comes under fire after a meek showing in Perth.
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan says Kevin Pietersen has to decide if he still has the drive to play Test cricket for his country.
After getting out to Peter Siddle for the 10th time in his Test career, a growing chorus of disapproval from England cricket pundits has seen Pietersen take the brunt of the blame.
The veteran scored just 19 runs off an uncharacteristic 96 balls in his side’s first innings in Perth on day two, before pulling a weak pull-shot to Mitchell Johnson at mid-on.
All of this led to Vaughan questioning Pietersen’s “inner drive” as England battle to save the Ashes.
“Kevin is at the stage of his career when he has to ask if he still has the inner drive to carry on,” Vaughan said.
“He is too good to keep getting out the way he has in this series. We have not seen the KP I know or like to watch bat.
“I see him trying to fight but the dismissals so far have been soft for a senior player batting in an inexperienced line-up and the England management will know it has not been good enough.”