Monday, November 26, 2012

Kevin Pietersen shows why he is the key to English Cricket

Contributed by Emma Booth.
Regional Director, USA Sport Group.

South African born Kevin Pietersen put up a superb total of 186 runs to help the England Cricket Team beat India by 10 wickets, and level the Test Series in Mumbai. After falling to the home team in the first Test, England were the underdogs in this match. However the proved the critics wrong as India slumped to defeat on the fourth day.

Three months after being banned by the English management for sending derogatory text messages to an opposing team, Pietersen has proven himself invaluable from a cricketing perspective. Despite Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann taking 19 wickets between them, it was the eccentric batsmen who was the key to success, says captain Alistair Cook:

"That was sensational. He took the game away from India and that's why you want him in your team." (via BBC)

After being brought back into the side for the first test match, his selection was at first criticized as he only managed 17 and 2 runs in his two innings against India last week. However he is now back to his former self, and proving to the doubters that he is worthy of a place in the side, and enjoying it immensely:

"It's nice to be back playing. It's special to be part of this team and the dressing room is certainly united." (via BBC)

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