Pietersen should have gone earlier

Pietersen should have gone earlier

Pietersen should have gone earlier

First published in Letters by

THE disruptive Kevin Pietersen has rightly been sacked, but this should have happened in August 2012 after his traitorous exchanges with our South African opponents, instead of being indulged by the selectors.

When the media dubbed him KP, this was the trigger for this egomaniac to pursue self interests rather then pull for the team.

Let’s hope English cricket now appoints an Englishman as their new coach. National sides in every sport should always have a manager from that country.

How can someone running a national team not know their national anthem, and in some cases hardly speak a word of the language?

The one good thing about this whole mess was that on my Father’s Day gift of a day at Lords in August, 2012, I saw Jonny Bairstow, replacing Pietersen, score his maiden Test half-century.

Geoff Robb, Hunters Close, Dunnington, York.

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1:13pm Sat 8 Feb 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Quite right Geoff. KP thought he was bigger than England back then but even in the recent Ashes series he refused to adapt his game to the situation.
When England needed to bat for a day and a half in order to save a game, there was KP hitting balls he could have left and making wild shots.
When a newcomer, Ben Stokes can score more than KP's whole series in one innings, it says it all. Then Srokes also took a few wickets too.
I think Pietersen is a bad influence, especially where team work is concerned.
It is thought KP could make £3 Million playing in India. If the Indian's can pay one man that sort of money it makes you wonder why they can't deal with birth control and poverty? Maybe KP will make a donation?
Quite right Geoff. KP thought he was bigger than England back then but even in the recent Ashes series he refused to adapt his game to the situation. When England needed to bat for a day and a half in order to save a game, there was KP hitting balls he could have left and making wild shots. When a newcomer, Ben Stokes can score more than KP's whole series in one innings, it says it all. Then Srokes also took a few wickets too. I think Pietersen is a bad influence, especially where team work is concerned. It is thought KP could make £3 Million playing in India. If the Indian's can pay one man that sort of money it makes you wonder why they can't deal with birth control and poverty? Maybe KP will make a donation? ColdAsChristmas
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3:22pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Just zis guy, you know? says...

I'd have thought Pietersen would be happy to be told that England no longer required his services - means he has more time to massage his over-inflated ego playing in the IPL.

A disruptive influence for sure, and a classic case of someone who believed his own hype - he was a good player, of course, bad players don't last long in Test cricket, but he was nowhere near as good as he thought he was.

Good riddance to bad rubbish - maybe South Africa will take him back ...
I'd have thought Pietersen would be happy to be told that England no longer required his services - means he has more time to massage his over-inflated ego playing in the IPL. A disruptive influence for sure, and a classic case of someone who believed his own hype - he was a good player, of course, bad players don't last long in Test cricket, but he was nowhere near as good as he thought he was. Good riddance to bad rubbish - maybe South Africa will take him back ... Just zis guy, you know?
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10:11am Sun 9 Feb 14

CaroleBaines says...

Do not agree with this. There will always be egos and tensions in the changing room. Has always been the same - Botham was trouble; affairs, not training, drugs even and certainly drinking/late nights. However strong management dealt with the situation. Or are you saying we should not have had a Botham.

KP has the best stats in a generation of English players, he even top scored in the Aussie debacle. He also puts bums and seats and at the end of the day, cricket is an entertainment as well as a sport.

Just my opinion.
Do not agree with this. There will always be egos and tensions in the changing room. Has always been the same - Botham was trouble; affairs, not training, drugs even and certainly drinking/late nights. However strong management dealt with the situation. Or are you saying we should not have had a Botham. KP has the best stats in a generation of English players, he even top scored in the Aussie debacle. He also puts bums and seats and at the end of the day, cricket is an entertainment as well as a sport. Just my opinion. CaroleBaines
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