Kevin Pietersen tells Australian fans to be quiet at the Gabba in 2013.
Kevin Pietersen tells Australian fans to be quiet at the Gabba in 2013.

Brisbane is a 's---hole': The city hated by Ashes star

KEVIN Pietersen still hates Brisbane and reckons England is next to no chance of winning an Ashes series full of no-name players.

One of the most divisive players in England cricket is back in his most loathed city to commentate on today's first Test at the Gabba.

Pietersen played in the 2013-14 Ashes which Australia won 5-0 and ultimately proved to be his final Test series for England.

Kevin Pietersen isn't a fan of Brisbane.

The 37-year-old South African has been a vocal critic of The River City and said his views hadn't changed over the years.

"It's a s**thole," he said.

"I've got the Test match then I'll be on the first aeroplane out of here as soon as the last ball is bowled, don't worry."

We're not worried, but Pietersen is - about England's chances of retaining the urn this summer.

The visitors are rank outsiders to win in Brisbane and have been given little hope of claiming the series.

"I think it will be very tough for England to win the series," said the 104-Test veteran.

"I just hope it's going to be a very competitive series. Australia are definitely favourites.

"Australia should win but they've got to keep (fast bowlers Mitchell) Starc, (Josh) Hazelwood and (Pat) Cummins fit. Then it should be a resounding victory.

"England have to keep (James) Anderson and (Stuart) Broad fit and (Alastair) Cook and (Joe) Root have to score runs."

Fireworks on the Story Bridge in Brisbane during the Riverfire festival 2009
Fireworks on Brisbane's Story Bridge. MegForbesPhotography

Pietersen and Optus on Wednesday launched a hands-free device fans can wear around their neck which will allow them to watch the action while streaming cricket data free on the Optus network with the Cricket Australia Live app.

But it could be a fizzer of a series if the lesser-known players don't fire and have an impact, according to Pietersen.

"It's a sad state of affairs in both setups where we're going into an Ashes and no one knows of about six or seven players," he said.

"There is an underplay in this Ashes series with the players who are not that recognisable and how they go. They will make a big impact on this series.

"You've got (Dawid) Malan, (James) Vince, (Cameron) Bancroft, (Tim) Paine, (Shaun) Marsh.

"There are a lot of chinks (in the Australian team)."

Pietersen, who was a pain in the neck for England throughout his career, said his device would help prevent pains in the neck while watching cricket.

"It sits well on the shoulders - it's right there in front of your eye-line," he said.

"I've found it very useful."