Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen favours Abbott over Morkel for Hobart Test

Pietersen favours Abbott over Morkel for Hobart Test

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov.10 : Putting his weight behind the horses-for-courses approach, former England batsman Kevin Pietersen insisted that the less-experienced paceman should replace Dale Steyn for the second Test of the three-match series against Australia beginning in Hobart on Saturday.

Specifying his stance, the South Africa-origin batsman said that the Proteas should prefer Kyle Abbott over more-experienced Morne Morkel for the crucial match against the Steve Smith-led side.

Pietersen, who is currently in Australia as a commentator with Nine's Wide World of Sports ahead of his Big Bash return with Melbourne Stars, had earlier backed Morkel's inclusion in the series opener at the WACA Ground in Perth.

KP believes new skipper Morgan would 'love' to have him in England squad

Kevin PietersenJohannesburg, Jan 14 - Axed England batsman Kevin Pietersen is of the opinion that there is a way back for him in the national squad as he claimed that the current captain Eoin Morgan would love to have him in the team.

Morgan replaced Alastair Cook in December and would lead the England squad at the World Cup in Australia.

Pietersen's international career was ended by England last year but the former skipper has been in fine form playing in Australia's Big Bash League for Melbourne Stars, Sport24 reported.

Pietersen said that he knows that the current captain would love to have him in the England team, adding that he wants to play for England.

Cook insists England has moved on from controversy over KP's autobiography

Alastair CookJohannesburg, Nov 15 : England cricket captain Alastair Cook has insisted that the controversy over sacked batsman Kevin Pietersen's autobiography had been well and truly in the past for his side ahead of their ODI series in Sri Lanka.

England fly out on Sunday for a seven-match series designed as part of their preparations for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. They do so with the uproar caused by Pietersen's book having just about died down since it was launched in a blaze of publicity last month.

Pietersen ruled out of opening Delhi Daredevils match with finger injury

Kevin PietersenLondon, Apr 17 - Sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen has reportedly been ruled out of his opening Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Thursday due to a finger injury.

The former England batting star was due to skipper Delhi Daredevils against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah but his seasonal bow is on hold due to the injury.

According to the BBC, Delhi's assistant coach Eric Simons expressed his disappointment at the development, saying that Pietersen would not be considered for the match, adding that it is a setback for Delhi as he is an important player in their set-up.

Wisden backs England's decision to axe Pietersen without explaining to public

Kevin PietersenLondon, Apr 10 : The recent edition of the revered cricket almanac Wisden has backed England for axing controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen, although it agreed that the 'biggest losers' in this debacle was the public, who deserved to know exactly what went on.

The 151st edition of the Almanack, also called as the 'cricketing Bible', has delivered its verdict on the England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) decision to dump their leading run-scorer after the dismal winter Ashes, and pronounced 'the part's over'.

Pietersen set for CPL appearance

kevin-pietersenKingston (Jamaica), March 31 : Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen is set to showcase his talent in this year's Caribbean Premier League, after signing up for next month's draft.

Pietersen was discarded by England following the disastrous Ashes tour earlier this year and will now ply his trade in the Caribbean following his Indian Premier League
(IPL) campaign for Delhi Daredevils and English county appearances for Surrey, reports CMC.

Kevin Pietersen seeks 'urgent help' to get Indian visa

Kevin-PietersenNew Delhi, March 10 : Sacked England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has taken recourse to social media to urge India's external affairs ministry to expedite his visa for which he had handed over his passport to the Indian high commission in London 10 days ago.

"Trying to travel to India urgently & the Indian Embassy has had my passport for 10 days for a 24hr service. Help @MEAIndia, @IndianDiplomacy?" tweeted Pietersen to his more than 1.6 million followers, taking a dig at the Indian ministry of external affairs.

Kevin Pietersen feels 'more loved' in India than back home

Kevin-PietersenBangalore, Feb 13 : Stylish batsman Kevin Pietersen, who was bought for a hefty Rs. 9 crore ($1.5 million) at the IPL-7 auction, feels more loved in India than back home in England. His comments come days after he was unceremoniously sacked from the England cricket team.

When a presenter of the IPL host broadcaster asked Pietersen on phone whether he felt more loved in the cricket-crazy nation after what transpired back home earlier in the month, the 33-year-old said : "Umm, I don't know... It feels that way at the moment."

ECB still 'tightlipped' over Pietersen's axing from team due to 'legal reasons'

Kevin PietersenJohannesburg, Feb 7  : The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has remained tight-lipped over why they axed the international career of Kevin Pietersen, with national selector James Whitaker citing legal reasons for their refusal.

The intervening 48 hours had seen the ECB widely criticised by the likes of England great Ian Botham for failing to provide a specific reason as to why Pietersen, England's leading run scorer across all international formats, had been discarded.

England start life afresh without 'trouble child' Pietersen

Kevin-PietersenLondon, Feb 5 : England start life anew without their 'trouble child' Kevin Pietersen who won't be part of the touring side for the forthcoming tour of the Caribbean later this month or the World Twenty20 to be held in Bangladesh in March.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), in their bid to bring back some discipline in the dressing room in the aftermath of the 0-5 Ashes loss, have decided to leave out the 34-year-old Pietersen, who is the leading run scorer in Tests for England.

Flower's ultimatum to England: Keep him or Pietersen

Kevin PietersenMelbourne, Jan 8 : England batsman Kevin Pietersen is likely to be sacked by selectors after coach Andy Flower reportedly issued a ultimatum that either 'he or KP' would remain in the team.

The new managing director of England cricket, Paul Downton , will decide the futures of Flower and Pietersen, whose relationship has broken down to the extent they may not both be able to carry on as part of the England Test set-up.

Reports in England revealed Flower is ready to walk away from his post should Pietersen continue playing Test cricket.

Pietersen credits 'good communication' for 'bringing him close' to 100th Test cap

Kevin PietersenLondon, Nov 20 : England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that good communication has brought him back from his exile to getting close to playing his 100th Test match.

According to the Mirror, ironically even though it was too much communication that led to Pietersen's breakdown with the team, he reckons it was a lack of the very same thing that led to much of the unhappiness.

The batsman said that the key to a good relationship is communication, adding that it was not there last year of it was not as much as it now.

Oz quicks planning to 'bore' Pietersen into 'rash shots' by bowling 'wide line out'

Kevin-PietersenMelbourne, Nov 18 : Australian fast bowlers are reportedly planning to frustrate explosive England batsman Kevin Pietersen and contain him by bowling a wide line out and 'bore' him into playing rash shots.

Peter Siddle, who has dismissed Pietersen a record seven times in Test cricket, will be a key man in the blueprint to bowl wide of Pietersen's body and attempt to use his rampant ego against him.

Court awards libel damages to Pietersen over 'ball tampering' ad

kevin pietersenJohannesburg, Oct 9  : England batsman Kevin Pietersen has reportedly been awarded libel damages over an advertisement which had suggested that he had tampered with his bat during this year's summer Ashes series against Australia.

The ad, for global optician chain Specsavers, showed a picture of Pietersen along with a statement saying 'Bat tampering' in the Ashes? Apparently Hot Spot should've gone to Specsavers'.

Pietersen hopeful for third Ashes test

Kevin-PietersenLondon, July 27 : England batsman Kevin Pietersen is hopeful to play the third Ashes Test against Australia starting Aug 1 at Old Trafford.

Pietersen sustained a calf injury in the second Test and missed the second innings for the hosts.

England took a 2-0 lead by winning the second Test by 347.

The England selectors will announce the squad Sunday and if they name an extra batsman, Pietersen is likely to miss the third Test, reports the Telegraph.

KP singles out Yuvraj as ‘danger man’ in forthcoming One-Day series

KP singles out Yuvraj as ‘danger man’ in forthcoming One-Day series London, Jan. 8 : England's star batsman Kevin Pietersen has named old foe Yuvraj Singh as India's `danger man' in the forthcoming One-Day series.

Pietersen labelled the 2011 World Cup winner a `pie-chucker', despite being dismissed by his left-arm spinners four times in one-dayers, more than any other bowler.

Speaking at an event in Delhi, he said that Yuvraj is the most destructive batsman in the Indian line-up, the Sun reports.

Pietersen won’t play for rest of 2011 as ECB moves to ease his ‘workload’

Pietersen won’t play for rest of 2011 as ECB moves to ease his ‘workload’London, Sept 2: Star batsman Kevin Pietersen will not appear for either England or Surrey for the rest of the year.

Pietersen's next appearance will come against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in the new year, Mail Online reports.

He was left out of the NatWest One-day International (ODI) series against India, which starts on Friday in Durham, to ''rest'' him, the report said.

‘Rested’ Pietersen’s England ODI future thrown into doubt

‘Rested’ Pietersen’s England ODI future thrown into doubtLondon, Aug 27: England batsman Kevin Pietersen's future as an ODI player has been thrown into doubt after being `rested' for the five-match series against India.

Pietersen will play in Tuesday's Twenty20 international against England, and then disappear from the international stage.

The official explanation from national selector Geoff Miller is that they are "managing his workload" and want to look at other batsmen at No 4.

The wheel has turned in England's favour: Pietersen

The wheel has turned in England's favour: PietersenLondon, Aug 20 : Former England captain Kevin Pietersen, who hit a brilliant 175 at The Oval in the first innings against India, feels great to be part of a team where guys are hitting hundreds in an amazing way.

Pietersen and Bell (181 not not) were involved in a 350-run stand for the third wicket Friday that took England to a mammoth 457 for three after the first day's play.

The leader deserves the trophy

Kevin PietersenKevin Pietersen was adjudged Player of Tournament in the Twenty 20 World Cup at West Indies for his brilliant performance through out the event. But he has said that the leader deserves the trophy. Paul Collingwood had been fantastic in the tournament as a skipper of the English cricket team and he had led from the front.

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