London, Jul 26: Maverick England batsman Kevin Pietersen still feels that his side's contests against India is still not at par with the Ashes. According to him, Australia versus England is a far bigger contest as there is a "genuine hatred" between the two sides.
Pietersen was declared the man-of-the-match for his unbeaten 202 in the first innings of the Lord's Test against India. England then went on to beat India by a huge margin of 196 runs to take 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series.
Speaking at the post-match conference, Pietersen said, "The queues outside when we arrived at the ground proved just how much interest the public are showing in it. But this is totally different to the Ashes - where there is genuine hatred between England and Australia - so the feeling for us in terms of the cricket itself is very different."
Heaping rich accolades on his team for ticking of every box in the match, the South Africa born batsman said, "We've always said this was going to be a huge series. It's amazing to stand in the field and watch a great bowling unit at work. We get regular breakdowns and percentages of the areas they are looking to hit and these boys are up there with the very best in the business."
India and England clash again on Jul 29 at Trent Bridge. The battle between the two sides is being hyped as the contest to be known as the best team in world cricket at the moment and there is huge interest among the British about the series. This has forced many in the media to believe that India versus England has pipped the Ashes rivalry to the second spot.