Former England captain, Kevin Pietersen is eyeing an international comeback with his native country of the Republic of South Africa.
The 37-year old has been out of international cricket for long and the last time he played a match was back in the 2013-14 in the Ashes. The talismanic batsman was a part of the team who were humiliated down under by the Aussies led by a fiery Mitchell Johnson. England were whitewashed 0-5 that sparked a lot of fury in the British Isles. Kevin Pietersen was sacked from the team by the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) after the humiliation in spite of the fact that he top scored for the English with 294 runs.
Pietersen was born in the city of Pietermaritzburg, in the Natal Province of South Africa to an Afrikaner father and English mother. He was eligible to represent both the countries due to his ancestry and moved away from his country of birth after voicing his displeasure for the racial quota system prevalent in the cricket board, in 2000.
Recently, the star batsman made comments about resurrecting his international career, this time with the Proteas. The 37-year old will be eligible to play for them in 2 years time, although he’ll be fast approaching 40 by then. When asked of the same KP replied: “You are talking about in two years’ time. Would I? Who knows? We’ll have to wait and see where I am.”
He added after hitting a 35-ball 52 for Surrey (that consisted of four sixes in a single over) to lead them to a 10 run victory over Essex in the Natwest T20 blast at the Oval: “I’m going to be playing a lot of cricket in South Africa over the next two years, so we’ll see. I love batting. I will bat for as long as I love the art of batting. I do at the moment, but I’m an old man now, I’ve just hurt my calf, I didn’t field.”
“Who knows where I’ll be in two years’ time? If I enjoy batting, we’ll see where I get to. I’m in a very happy place.”
Pietersen was playing his first domestic game after a gap of two years.
Since making his ODI debut in 2004 against Zimbabwe and Test debut in the Ashes the next year, the right handed batsman has represented the 3 Lions in 136 ODIs and 104 tests, scoring 4400 and 8181 runs respectively. He was also the man of the tournament in the ICC World T20 2010, which is till date England’s solitary ICC triumph.
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