Kevin Pietersen has been dropped permanently from the England setup after England’s complete humiliation in Australia. Some chap called Paul Downton called the meeting to decide the fate of the cricketing great KP. The ECB has yet to disclose to the public or Kevin himself the reason for his sacking. Kevin Pietersen has been quoted as saying. “Playing cricket for my country has been an honour, although I am obviously very sad the incredible journey has come to an end, I’m also hugely proud of what we, as a team, have achieved over the past nine years. I feel extremely fortunate to have played at a time of great success for England cricket alongside some of the best cricketers the country has ever produced.
I want to thank everyone for their fantastic support and I wish the team the very best of success going forward. I have a great deal to give as a cricketer and I will continue to play but deeply regret it won’t be for England” Mark Boucher tweeted “Times must be good to leave out your best player! Sad day for the game” Piers Morgan, one of KP’s biggest advocates has let his feelings be known on twitter calling current captain Cook “a repulsive little weasel”
Paul Downton stated “Clearly this was a tough decision because Kevin has been such an outstanding player for England, as the fact that he is the country’s leading run-scorer in international cricket demonstrates, However everyone was aware that there was a need to begin the long-term planning after the Australia tour. Therefore we have decided the time is right to look to the future and start to rebuild not only the team but also team ethic and philosophy.”
It is interesting to see the words ethic and philosophy in Downton’s statement – KP has been known to have an incredibly high work ethic and an attitude to match. England were brought down to earth with a 11-1 thrashing in all formats of the game. After the tests KP was asked to “recover and take a break” during the ODI’s and despite KP not being there for the second half of the tour, England management have decided that they need to rebuild England without a man that has helped them immeasurably throughout his career. There is the T20 in 4 weeks, the world cup next year and the ashes in 18 months time, so the rebuilding phase will be quick and the candidate to fill the boots of Kevin Pietersen must be known to the selectors, who have done a remarkable job of hiding him from the public.
Pietersen’s nine-year international career saw him establish himself as one of the world’s leading batsmen, with a Test tally of 8181 runs at an impressive average of 47.28 in 104 matches. During the Ashes debacle, Pietersen was still England’s top scorer in the series
Some highlights from his career:
- KP made 158 on the final day of the last test at the Oval cricket ground in the 2005 Ashes, securing England a first Ashes triumph in 18 years. He was awarded an MBE in 2005 presumably for his contribution to the England team.
- In 2010 he was named player of the tournament on the way to helping England win the ICC World T20.
- Whilst playing for England in the 2013 Ashes series, by making a match-saving 113 Kevin became the highest run scorer for England from all forms of the game. England went on to win the series making Kevin a four time Ashes winner.
Australians will be surfacing in the morning knowing that in 18 months there should be another 5-0 ashes lesson handed out if the attitude of dropping your best players continues.