Pietersen’s selection circus

July 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

The rumour mill that works around Kevin Pietersen churned once more into action this week, with the possibility of England batsman returning to international short forms of the game again emerging.

Pietersen omitted himself from ODI and t20 internationals earlier this year in order to preserve his Test career and give him room to play in the Indian Premier League. His decision has caused great controversy over the worth of short-form cricket, especially ODIs that offer neither the intrigue of Test cricket nor the flair of twenty20s.

The England cricket betting  also took a hit, as many saw KP as the catalyst in England’s middle and his absence would hamper their efforts to succeed in limited over encounters. Former England captain turned columnist Michael Vaughan suggested Pietersen’s absence as a “big blow” that has left England a “far weaker side” without him.

However, Andy Flower’s men have since moved on comfortably without Pietersen, and look like a competent side ahead of the t20 World Cup in Sri Lanka later this year.

Ravi Bopara has finally proven himself as a reliable middle-order batsman, while Ian Bell is in impervious form at the crease since smashing around Australia and the West Indies.

ODI captain Alastair Cook can now look at his side with confidence, and should no freak injuries hamper the squad, there is really no reason why Pietersen need be included.

Of course, we can all appreciate the talent Pietersen has. His class at the wicket makes him not only a joy to watch, but a pivotal part of any short-form side. But to stroll back into England’s ODI and t20 set-ups after walking away so vehemently will only serve to disrupt the team rather than unite it.

Pietersen is very much his own man. The right-hander demolished rivals at the crease of the IPL this year for the Delhi Daredevils, and hit a 111 and 130 against Pakistan in Dubai in February, his last ODI outings for England.

But with Cook looking to spearhead a new revolution with the 2015 World Cup on the far horizon, maybe there is no room for a player whose heart is clearly not in it.


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