Home Cricket Confusion Surrounds Pietersen Snub

Confusion Surrounds Pietersen Snub

kevinpietersen
Kevin Pietersen

New England Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss, has all but slammed shut the door on batsman Kevin Pietersen’s England Cricket career, following talks between the pair last night.

It came on the back of a breathtaking innings from Pietersen, for his County side Surrey, in which he went on to make 355 not out.

It was reported that the meeting had been arranged as early as last week, so the knock by Pietersen appeared to have no bearing on the decision by Strauss to cite that a ‘lack of trust’ between Pietersen and the ECB would lead to ‘no return in the short term’ for the middle order batsman, to the England set up.

Short term, long term, it doesn’t really matter to those following the sport, as at 34, Pietersen will not be returning to the England set up this summer, or any summer for that matter. Not unless England lose all seven games this summer against New Zealand and Australia, Strauss is subsequently sacked, and the likes of Michael Vaughan come in and do the job.

Former England fast bowler Darren Gough summed it up well today, when he said had Alec Stewart or Vaughan himself got the role, Pietersen would be in the test team against New Zealand next week.

What people are finding hard to understand though, is this ‘trust’ issue that Strauss has mentioned was the reason for not allowing Pietersen back into the fold. We get that, given the alleged text gate affair from 2012, when it was said that Pietersen had sent a few messages regarding the then captain Strauss, to his South African buddies in the opposing dressing room.

However, we are told today that Pietersen was offered a consultancy role for the one day team, so if you can’t trust him in the dressing room, how can you trust someone to be in the coaching team?

One thing I did find amusing in the breaking news that a meeting was being held between the pair, the likes of Simon Hughes from the BBC Test Match Special team, highlighting …

“And look at the facts – in the last 10 Tests he played he averaged 34. His current Test average of 47 is the lowest it has been since 2006 so it’s gradually been in decline. “

Hughes clearing putting to one side the performance of the whole England team in the past 18 months which has been poor to say the least, of which Pietersen had indeed been the top scorer in the shambolic Ashes tour the previous winter.

Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss

Needless to say captain Alastair Cook hasn’t averaged much better in the same period, does Hughes think he should be put in the disposal bin for international cricketers?

It does however, highlight the marmite nature of Pietersen, although a recent pool did suggest 70% of England Cricket Supporters did think Pietersen should have been recalled this coming summer.

Strauss can highlight this trust thing all he wants, the story won’t go away. Not least when the ECB are still expecting it’s supporters to fork out £80 plus for high end tickets this summer, is it too much to ask at this price, we would like to see the most entertaining cricketers on show?

The call to axe easily the best entertainer we have on these shores, will make that an easier decision for me going forward, treating the supporters in this manner will only lead to falling attendances, at a time when test cricket can ill afford to do so. We demand to be entertained, not pay for the right to spectate the politics going on behind the scenes.

f3ec90c3bcb8cc9ae20ae63e7bb6618a?s=117&d=mm&r=g
Michael Norwood
I am a dedicated Cricket Fan, who is lucky enough to travel the world following this great sport. Wherever the England cricket team is playing, I won't be far away from the action.
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Sports News

The Rejuvenation of Isaiah Thomas During the Pandemic

Isaiah Thomas has seen highs and lows like no other all-star in the NBA. From being an MVP candidate who finished 3rd in regular-season - MVP voting averaging of 29 points per game, to being traded the next year. And then being traded two more times from Washington to Denver and then on to the LA Clippers and then cut by the Clippers, it has been a real roller-coaster ride (not a good one)...

Lazio FC – The Rich History of Società Sportiva Lazio

Lazio Football Club is an Italian football club based in Rome, known mainly for their love for the beautiful game of soccer. They are annual participants in the Italian top league, Serie A, and usually pull their weight in challenging for titles and trophies. They have been Italian Scudetto winners twice in 1974 and 2000, and have lifted the prestigious Coppa Italia a whopping seven times, the Supercoppa Italiana three times and the European collections...

2020 World Series Preview/ Exciting Championship Reviews

A preview of the Dodger facing off against the Rays in the World Series. The Braves-Dodgers and Rays-Astros series wrap-up.

Estrada Headlines World Title Triple Header on October 23

Matchroom USA will return to North America for the first time in over 8 weeks with an exciting World championship Triple Header topped by pound-for-pound star Juan Francisco Estrada. Estrada defends his WBC and Ring magazine belts against Carlos Cuadras in a rematch of their 'Mexican War' which took place in 2017. Roman Gonzalez faces off against Israel Gonzalez for Chocolatito's WBA (Super) Super-Flyweight title in the co-main event. The Nicaraguan won the title by...

Van Dijk injury gives Klopp the opportunity to reinvent Reds

Van Dijk faces lengthy time on the sidelines As the news finally broke on Van Dijk’s injury, one could almost sense a collective sigh of despair from the Liverpool fans. Their worst fears were confirmed as official word from the player arrived on social media. After undergoing further scans, the Dutch defender stated the following, “I’m now fully focused on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back as quickly as possible. Despite...

Maro Itoje: The Future Captain of England Rugby

The name Oghenemaro Itoje does not sound too familiar to many rugby enthusiasts, yet, when it's shortened to Maro Itoje, every England Rugby fan has words of praise for the latest English rugby superstar. The lock forward weighs in at a solid 115 KG, with his height being a whopping 1.95m. The presence of Itoje in The English forward’s has allowed it to find its backbone, where Itoje leads the pack. After a disappointing 2019...

Spurs Quick Start Ambushed by Lanzini’s Hammer

A fast start by Spurs Peep!....peep!, it was not even a minute before the referee blew the whistle for the second time. 45 seconds was all it took for Spurs to go ahead in this game, a start that even the Roadrunner would appreciate. The Lily Whites continued their rapid and mind-numbing start to the season as they rushed into a generous lead, with Kane at the heart of it. The English national...

Crawford Brook Agreed for November 14 on ESPN

On the Lomachenko-Lopez broadcast last night on ESPN, Top Rank announced another big fight just 4 weeks away. Terence Crawford will defend his WBO Welterweight title against Britain's Kell Brook on regular ESPN. This is another Top Rank mega-clash that could have landed on Pay-per-view but now lands on free-to-air television. Although this is a good fight on paper, the question here is how competitive will this fight really be? Brook has not boxed at...

Observation from the Milan Derby

AC Milan met Inter Milan for the first Milan derby for the 2010-21 season.  The match was an enthralling one, ending in a competitive 2-1 win for the ‘I Rossoneri.’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored early in the match, 13th and 16th minute before Romelu Lukaku put pulled one back for Inter Milan in the 28th minute. These were the only goals of the game. The win for AC Milan was their first since 2016 against their...

Talking Points – Merseyside Derby: Everton 2: 2 Liverpool

Excitement and anticipation were in the air, as the Merseyside derby kicked off on Saturday. Coming into this game, a lot had been written about the decade-old dominance by the red part of Merseyside in this derby. Carlo Ancelotti, the Everton coach had reposed his faith in the team stating in the pre-match conference, stating how his team looked focussed and was in good spirits. While Jurgen Klopp, who was still smarting from...
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x