Kevin Pietersen again threw his hat into the ring yesterday for England selection with a career best 355 not out for Surrey. This caused a clamour from the KP camp, for him to again be selected for England with both New Zealand & Australia travelling to the British Isles this summer. Pietersen was given hope by ECB Chairman Colin Graves who stated the door was not shut on his selection as long as he made runs for his county side. Due to Graves’s comments Pietersen has scaled back IPL commitments to solely focus on Surrey.
However his change in approach seems to have been in vain with new director of cricket & former team-mate Andrew Strauss effectively bringing the curtain down on Pietersen’s career due to “massive trust issues”. Pietersen remains England’s highest test run scorer with 8,181 runs, 23 centuries & 104 test caps.
Is Strauss right to discard one of England’s best batsmen?
Many agree with Strauss’s decision as Pietersen has become a divisive figure within the England dressing room falling out with many of the senior players. His relationship with the ECB & Strauss personally is fractious. England’s test team must be the sole focus not one individual personality, with very little time to prepare before the ashes, & without a coach in the short term England must build a TEAM which can beat the world’s best.
Although Pietersen’s record speaks for itself & he still arguably is England’s best batsmen it must not be the The Kevin Pietersen show! The England team must move on in my opinion. It’s a shame we are all talking about this situation rather than the young talent we have at our disposal, through likes of Lyth and Rashid.
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