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Kevin Pietersen stars in Big Bash despite defeat

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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen scored 66 runs off 46 balls in Melbourne Stars' eight-wicket defeat to Adelaide on Thursday. 

The former Hampshire man hit four sixes and two fours in what was a fine batting performance from the 34-year-old, who has been struggling for form of late. 

Luke Wright was another batsman in fine form for the Stars; he scored 45 off 37 balls, however it was Adelaide's Tim Ludeman who stole the show, scoring the fastest ever Big Bash 50, off just 18 balls.

PIETERSEN'S NEW START

Pietersen signed a two-year deal with the Stars in July this year, which will see him become the league's highest paid player - after he agreed to help promote the Big Bash league.

He is set to play with some of the best Australian Twenty20 players; something he looks forward to.

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“I’m very excited about joining the Melbourne Stars and look forward to playing with some of Australia’s best T20 cricketers," Pietersen said.

“Joining the Melbourne Stars was an easy choice for me when you look at the players we have and the amazing off-field support staff, and don’t forget our home ground, the MCG."

NOT A GOOD YEAR

The South-African born star was released from the Delhi Daredevils after they finished bottom of the Indian Premier League earlier this year, under his captaincy.

He was also sacked by the England national team back in February, after a huge fallout which has caused much controversy since.

The release of the right-hander's book 'KP: The Autobiography', caused yet more controversy between him and the England team, after he claimed there was a bullying culture within the dressing room.

STILL A TOP BATSMAN

Despite what has happened between Pietersen and the England team, it is still hard to ignore the fact that the Three Lions would probably benefit from having a player with his ability.

He reached 5,000 Test runs faster than any other batsman in history, and to achieve that feat is no easy task. Pietersen also reached 1,000 and 2,000 ODI runs faster than anyone else, so any team would be privileged to have a player of his ability.

Performances like that of today's prove that the England legend has still got what it takes to play at a high level.

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