Pietersen once again under pressure

May 24, 2011 at 10:42 am 3 comments

Kevin Pietersen appears to have found himself once again under pressure for his England place. The batsman has had a disappointing year or so, with the exception of his double hundred in the second Test in Adelaide this winter. Without that career best innings of 227 then Pietersen could well have found himself out of the side. Since then though and the KP has once again found himself struggling to score consistent runs, injury then cut his World Cup short and the chance to get back amongst the runs.

With a number of young English batsmen knocking on the door of a place in the Test side, Pietersen will need to make a fast start to his international campaign this summer, starting on Thursday against Sri Lanka. Only one truly impressive innings in nearly 18 months shows just why Pietersen has come in for his fair share of criticism recently. Those placing a free sports bet wouldn’t back him to score a big innings.

National chief selector Geoff Miller has this week come out backing Pietersen to shine, but also making it clear the South African born batsman isn’t irreplaceable.

“We know what a quality player he is. It’s up to him to actually get some consistent runs for us now. We back him to do it, we have given him the opportunity,” he said.

“If it becomes a problem we will face that problem. But at the moment we’ll back him to be the quality international player that he has been in the past and, we hope, will be in the future.”

Pietersen didn’t win himself any fans with his withdrawal from England’s World Cup campaign, a hernia injury forcing the batsman to return home. Some in and around the camp were reportedly put out by Pietersen pulling out of the tournament because of an injury that he would have been more than able to continue playing with. Those following the cricket betting online would have been disappointed.

The only way KP is going start winning back some fans and friends that may have left him over the past 18 months, then he is going to need to start focusing on helping his team more than focusing on himself. Scoring runs this week in Cardiff would be a massive confidence booster ahead of this busy summer of international cricket.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. globusblogger  |  June 10, 2011 at 6:34 am


  • 2. pankaj  |  June 10, 2011 at 6:42 am

    whats going on

  • 3. pankaj  |  June 10, 2011 at 6:43 am

    this is good blog


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