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Apr 19, 2010 at 04:44pm IST

South African stars on England horizon

New Delhi: Kevin Pietersen was supposed to be a one-of-a-kind situation for England cricket when he made his debut on the tour of his native South Africa. Jeers followed him everywhere, but his future was sealed after sterling performances.

The trend in England cricket has drastically gone down that road every since. In fact, Pietersen wasn't even an aberration. There is a long blood line of South Africa-born cricketers in the England set-up. Andrew Strauss is another example, not to mention the stars of the yesteryears.

However, England's current tour of Bangladesh has thrown up yet another candidate in the form of Craig Kieswetter. The wicketkeeper-batsman shunned his native country and put on the English cap to good effect, hammering an attractive century in his maiden series.

South African stars on England horizon

England's home-grown talent is diminishing with South Africans holding sway.

Much like Jonathan Trott, another from similar lineage, Kieswetter is an exciting talent for England's future.

England's current tour has also thrown up Asian contenders for the side, which has been a trend over the past decade. Monty Panesar, Bopara, Sajid Mahmood, Owais Shah, Ajmal Shehzad and so many others have come into the side in recent times.

With England's home-grown talent frequently breaking down on tours, the latest being Ryan Sidebottom, with Stuart Broad and Onions about to board a return flight too, it's a test for their domestic structure to keep on churning out high quality cricketers.

A perfect embodiment of the modern English society is this team. But the performances continue to fluctuate as ever.

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