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@112.beardsmoreforengland, from my perspective, I wouldnt have batted an Eyelid, mainly because I'd never heard of him before 2005, so he would have just been another Saffa.The fact remains though he nailed his colours to the post when he first put on the three lions from that moment he was an english batsman.
it becomes a rant when you repeatedly drone on about the same subject on multiple different articles dozens of times. I doubt the england selectors post here, nor any politicians that may be able to influence changes to the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act.
Pietermaritzburg is affectionately known to those who live there as the last outpost of the British Empire. I used to live there and even my Afrikaans relations only spoke English. Maritzburg College is typical of English public schools & KP's formative years would have been very English based. It's just not cricket to continue going on about where he was born.
114 - "rant"? I don't think you know the meaning of the word. My post was a sensible, moderately expressed question. If you think that's a rant then you're a sensitive flower and a half.
#112 - here's another thought experiment. beardsmoreforengland decides not to post another boring rant about nationality and decides to do more fulfilling things with his spare time - does anyone notice?
Pietersen became the cricketer he was in England. Before he moved here, he was a mediocre off spinner who batted at 9. Had he stayed in South Africa, he would have never gotten near the national team and nobody in England would ever have heard of him.Lots of people have dual nationality. It's up to them which nation they represent. No outrage necessary.
Thought experiment: nothing is different about Pietersen's life, except in 2004 he decides to play for South Africa, not England. Would anyone have been surprised, or disappointed? Would anyone have said "but he's obviously English - what's he doing playing for them?" Would England fans have been outraged that he turned his back on the country of his mother's birth? Doesn't seem likely somehow.
104 - you forgot the small matter of his having been born, raised and educated in South Africa and learning his cricket there. Essentially, he's fully South African. His mother has a strong SA accent, which suggests she's been there a long time, and that life in England is now a fairly remote memory in the Pietersen family.England was a career move for Pietersen. Everybody knows it.
109: If you had of read through the article, you would have found out why he chose England. He also explains why people bemoan him and why it is all his own fault to an extent. KP is a great player, but he will never reach his potential to be one of the best because like he says, his personality and his batting style let him down.
We're lucky his mum is English and he, for whatever reasons, he decided to choose England over South Africa. I don't get those who bemoan him & his actions. Sure he makes mistakes, he's bound to, he's only human. The knock on effects of having such a confident world beating batsman will be seen in the next generation of English players. He has fast tracked the one thing we lack - self confidence.
Fantastic player who wants to be known as a celebrity as well as a cricketer. Once he quits cricket, I imagine that jungle reality show will have a visit from kp...as well as that dancing one.
Such a good bat. Such a shame he's so difficult to like as a team-player/human being.
Whatever about Pietersens personality, hes a boss with the bat, thats all that really matters, love watching him play, great great player and entertainer.
KP is definitely introverted. The art of captaincy is handling different personalities different ways - Brearley was a master of it and he knew Botham's ego needed some massaging. Anyone who has handled KP the right way reaps the rewards. He just wants to be liked - remember how full of praise and flattery he was for other players when he was skipper - just wanted to be accepted and liked.
@ 97.mikeb Kevin Pieterson is a South African born and bred cricketer isn't he?.................Yes but with an English Mother which makes him 50% English... that = just as english as he is S/african
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Cowan said it was a joke.http://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/cowan-laments-kp-controversy-20111111-1na7q.htmlKP probably feels he doesn't need to respond to it.
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