With Kevin Pietersen bringing up what was his 23rd test century at Old Trafford during the 3rd test of this years Ashes Series I thought it would be an appropriate time to reflect on the highs and lows of the career of one of England's finest and most controversial players of the modern era.
Keven Pieterson or ‘KP’ first burst onto the scene as a 25-year-old in 2005 making his test debut at the beginning of the 2005 Ashes series. With his coloured rock star hair and what came across as a swaggering arrogance at the time, he quickly grabbed the cricketing world's attention.
That seemingly youthful arrogance was quickly backed up by his extraordinary talent, scoring a marvelous century in the fifth and final test at The Oval which not only helped lead England to their first ashes when since 1987 but made Pietersen the leading run scorer for the series with 473 runs at an average of over 52.
Since that first series back in ’05 KP has hardly faulted, amassing nearly 8000 runs in 97 test matches giving him a career average of 48.45. Pietersen has also always been a crowd favourite due to his attacking style of play with his innings usually featuring an array of incredible strokes.
To go with all the recognition that he’s received his career has also featured a fair bit of controversy during his time with the England team. In 2007 Pieterson performed his famous switch hit shot for the first time in a one day international against New Zealand.
Immediately after the game many cricket commentators deemed the shot to be unfair to the bowler and called for it to be banned. Later that year after only three tests as the new England captain Pietersen was asked to step down after several disagreements with the then England coach Peter Moores, this public spat also lead to Moores' sacking.
More recently Kevin found himself in hot water with the English Cricket Board again during the South Africa’s tour of England when it was reported that he had sent text messages to some of the South African players which included insulting remarks towards some of his English team mates.
He was subsequently dropped following the incident and didn’t return to the team until England’s tour of India later in the year. For whatever reason, KP has kept us entertained over the duration of his career; not only being one of the more interesting personalities to walk onto a cricket field, but one of the most talented and I for one hope that he’s around to keep us entertained for a few more years to come.
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