23 Dec 2008

Aussies' loss brings smile to Pietersen's face

6:00 am on 23 December 2008

England's cricket captain Kevin Pietersen has fanned the flames ahead of next year's Ashes series by claiming Australia's first-Test loss to South Africa in Perth brought a smile to his face.

South African-born Pietersen, playing in England's second Test in India, took a moment to savour the six-wicket humiliation suffered by Ricky Ponting's men.

He says he had a bit of a chuckle when he saw the result while batting in the second test against India in Mohali.