Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has taken back his inflammatory suggestion that Australia could make up to nine changes for the second Test against South Africa.
As the hosts attempt to regroup from the crushing 177-run loss at the WACA ahead of the second Test in Hobart starting on Saturday, KP had some drastically different advice for the Aussie selectors.
“The one thing you can’t do is make drastic changes after one Test loss,” the polarising Pietersen told Optus Sport.
“I think Australia should stick with what they’ve got, because I don’t think there is a lot better than what they’ve got right now.
Pietersen, who made a career out of riling opponents and team-mates alike, admits his initial comments were an attempt to antagonise his BT Sport co-commentator Ricky Ponting.
The Aussies have already been forced into two changes with Shaun Marsh and Peter Siddle ruled out through injury.
Joe Burns and Joe Mennie will both play in the Bellerive Oval Test, while Callum Ferguson is on stand-by for Adam Voges who is battling a hamstring complaint.