KP Addition Bolsters England
After a saga that has dragged the reputation of English cricket to grimly low levels, Kevin Pietersen is finally back in the England squad after two months in the wilderness.
His return to the squad marks the end of his period of reintegration, which involved several rounds of talks with coach, Andy Flower, new Test captain, Alastair Cook, and several key members of the first team.
The drama stemmed from ‘provocative’ text messages sent by Pietersen to South Africa players during last summer’s Test series between the two sides.
However, that incident in isolation probably would not have caused such a furore with Bet365 cricket online. The problem with KP is that this latest incident was one of many that rubbed the ECB and England players up the wrong way.
Pietersen’s ego is notoriously sensitive, akin to that of a Premier League footballer than a cricketer. He loves the glory and attention of top level cricket, something at odds with the modest team ethic of Andy Flower’s England.
His talent is without question, but his antics at Headingley threatened to divide the dressing room.
To his credit, he has been insistent in his desire to play for England again – in all forms of the game. He could have easily given up on his country and become the latest ‘freelance’ cricketer, chasing the T20 dream around the World.
But his remorse appears genuine and rounds of talks appear to have gone well. I‘m sure there will be a few frosty moments initially, but the England team know there is no place for internal squabbling in a place such as India, where they will begin a three match Test series in November.
Hopefully, this sorry chapter of English cricket can be put to bed and we can all focus on what KP does best; the cricket Test betting pundits are certainly waiting to see what Pietersen can do for England’s chances, this autumn and winter.