Pietersen

  • Kevin Pietersen credits Alastair Cook for England turnaround 1 week ago

    London: Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen lauded captain Alastair Cook for the 3-1 Test series win against India but feels that they are playing ODIs with Test selection in mind. The former England captain said England did fantastically well to turn the Test series against India into a brilliant 3-1 victory....
  • Kevin Pietersen says IPL not to blame for India's Test form August 25, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen has said it is wrong to blame the Twenty20 Indian Premier League for the tourists poor Test form in England. In the absence of exiled former captain Pietersen, England came from behind to beat India 3-1 in a five-Test series, with skipper Alastair Cook overseeing the recovery. That led many...
  • Kevin Pietersen on South Africa radar for domestic T20 August 22, 2014

    London: Discarded England batsman Kevin Pietersen is being targeted by South Africa to raise the profile of their domestic Twenty20 competition, Ram Slam Challenge, this winter. Former South African captain Graeme Smith, who is the tournament director of the Ram Slam Challenge, is trying to rope in Pietersen for one of...
  • Kevin Pietersen joins Melbourne Stars in Big Bash League July 28, 2014

    Axed England batsman Kevin Pietersen joined the Melbourne Stars on Monday to be the highest-profile signing of the new season of Australia's Big Bash League. Pietersen, who was sacked by England in February following the 5-0 Ashes drubbing in the winter tour to Australia, has signed a two-year deal with the...
  • Cook brushes aside Pietersen's quit call July 27, 2014

    Southampton: Alastair Cook shrugged off calls from Kevin Pietersen to resign as England captain ahead of the third Test against India at Southampton. Pietersen used his Daily Telegraph column published on Saturday to say he was only still in the job because it would be "yet another PR disaster" for the...
  • Cook is still captain because of ECB politics: Pietersen July 26, 2014

    London: Alastair Cook has managed to hold on to England captaincy solely because of "politics", says maverick batsman Kevin Pietersen and insists that the disaster which the skipper is enduring in the series against India is something that he would not wish even for his worst enemy. "At the moment only...
  • Kevin Pietersen willing to play for struggling England again July 22, 2014

    London: The bitter circumstances in which his England career was cut short notwithstanding, Kevin Pietersen has still not given up hopes of playing for the national team insisting that he can revive the beleaguered side. England lost by 95 runs to India in the second Test at Lord's, adding to...
  • Matt Prior to take a break, miss rest of India series July 22, 2014

    London: England wicketkeeper Matt Prior is taking a break from the game for the rest of the domestic season following the 95-run defeat by India in the second Test at Lord's on Monday, he told the England and Wales Cricket Board website. Prior, under pressure for his place after a poor...
  • Sweeping of Lord's pitch raises controversy July 20, 2014

    London: The furore over the "poor" pitch in in Trent Bridge is yet to settle down but that has not stopped a new controversy from brewing in the India-England second Test after MCC was forced to tender an apology for the manner in which one of its groundstaff swept the...
  • Kevin Pietersen fears England in for Swann dive July 8, 2014

    Nottingham: Kevin Pietersen thinks England could be in for a particularly tough Test series at home to India in the absence of Graeme Swann. Off-spinner Swann's retirement during England's 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia has left Alastair Cook's side without a specialist slow bowler, given the selectors refusal to recall Monty...
  • Former England captain Strauss in Pietersen swearing storm July 6, 2014

    London: Former England captain Andrew Strauss found himself involved in a fresh row regarding Kevin Pietersen after making highly offensive comments about his former Test colleague while broadcasting on Saturday. Sky Sports commentator Strauss, believing he was off the air in a break in play during the Lord's bicentenary match between...
  • Kevin Pietersen still dreams of playing for England July 4, 2014

    Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen says he still harbours dreams of turning out for his country despite being controversially axed from the national team. The 34-year-old had his central contract terminated by the England and Wales Cricket Board following the 5-0 Ashes defeat by Australia, with the governing body saying captain...
  • Shane Warne lauds 'match-winner' Kevin Pietersen July 4, 2014

    Shane Warne believes Kevin Pietersen will seize the chance to shine when they line up in a star-studded Rest of the World side in the Lord's bicentenary match on Saturday. Warne, widely regarded as cricket's greatest leg-spinner, will captain former Hampshire colleague Pietersen against an equally star-studded MCC team led by...
  • Stuart Broad hits back at Kevin Pietersen's 'unhappy' England claim July 2, 2014

    London: Stuart Broad has insisted England are anything but a depressed side after former star batsman Kevin Pietersen suggested there was "an underlying current of unhappiness" in the dressing room after recent defeats. Despite being England's all-time leading run-scorer across all formats and their top contributor with the bat in Australia,...
  • Snapshot: Sachin Tendulkar clicks the sports version of the Oscar selfie with Brian Lara, Kevin Pietersen and Muttiah Muralitharan June 30, 2014

    Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar clicked a sports version of the epic Oscar selfie with former West Indies captain Brian Lara, former England captain Kevin Pietersen, Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan and British journalist and television host Piers Morgan. Morgan tweeted the photo on Monday. ...
  • Axed Pietersen sinks boot into struggling England June 28, 2014

    Sacked batsman Kevin Pietersen has put the blow-torch on Alastair Cook's England, saying the team's series defeat to Sri Lanka showed senior players were still shell-shocked from the 5-0 Ashes whitewash. Pietersen also heaped additional pressure on out-of-form skipper Cook, claiming his lack of runs was playing on his mind and...
  • 'Relieved' Kevin Pietersen at peace with end of England career June 9, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen is at peace his England career is over and has said the team's dressing room was not a "pleasant place" during the 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia. The 33-year-old former captain's central contract was terminated by England after the disastrous tour and the team will walk out to play...
  • Kevin Pietersen flops on return to English cricket June 7, 2014

    London: Kevin Pietersen disappointed on his return to action in English cricket as he scored just five runs for Surrey in their five-wicket defeat against Essex. Pietersen's flop came on Friday in a domestic Twenty20 clash at the Oval, where the controversial batsman was playing for the first time on home...
  • Kevin Pietersen set for Surrey T20 bow June 5, 2014

    London: Former England star Kevin Pietersen will make his domestic Twenty20 Blast debut for Surrey at home to Essex on Friday, tournament organisers announced on Wednesday. A message published on the competition's Twitter feed said: "NEWS: Kevin Pietersen named in @surreycricket squad, set for #T20Blast action at the Oval on Friday." Pietersen...
  • Big names who flopped in IPL 7 June 3, 2014

    The seventh edition of Indian Premier League has drawn to a close after six dramatic weeks, with the Kolkata Knight Riders claiming a thrilling victory over Kings XI Punjab in the final. There was much to enjoy in a competition that featured plenty of big hitting, quality spin and some...
  • Kevin Pietersen receives apology from English cricket May 31, 2014

    London: The England and Wales Cricket Board has apologized to Kevin Pietersen after its head criticized the batsman's attitude in the winter Ashes collapse against Australia. ECB managing director Paul Downton said the 33-year-old Pietersen appeared "disinterested" and "distracted" in the fifth Test of the 5-0 series defeat, and claimed in...
  • Pietersen's Surrey return delayed by finger injury May 30, 2014

    London: Kevin Pietersen's return to action for Surrey following his controversial England exit has been delayed due to a finger injury. Pietersen had hoped to play for Surrey in their Twenty20 fixture against Middlesex on Friday, but a statement on the English county's website said Pietersen would not be risked due...
  • As it happened: Punjab vs Delhi, IPL 7, Match 55 May 25, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) After being assured of a playoff berth, Kings XI Punjab will consider the inconsequential league game against the ousted Delhi Daredevils on Sunday as practice, but without losing their winning momentum. Table-toppers Punjab, who are assured of finishing No. 1 when...
  • IPL 7: Dusted Delhi hope to end with a win against Punjab May 25, 2014

    After being assured of a playoff berth, Kings XI Punjab will consider the inconsequential league game against the ousted Delhi Daredevils on Sunday as practice, but without losing their winning momentum. Table-toppers Punjab, who are assured of finishing No. 1 when the league stage ends on Sunday, would like to top...
  • Kevin Pietersen hits back at Paul Downton's accusations May 24, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen has hit back at suggestions that he was insufficiently motivated when playing against Australia last year and that he lacked backing from his team mates. England managing director Paul Downton accused him on Friday of being "disinterested" on the pitch and having no support from other senior players prior...
  • Axed Kevin Pietersen had no support from senior players: Paul Downton May 23, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen had no support from senior players in the dressing room prior to his sacking by England in the wake of the 5-0 Ashes thrashing by Australia, according to England managing director Paul Downton. The controversial batsman's England career was ended in February when he was left out of World...
  • As it happened: Mumbai vs Delhi, IPL 7, Match 51 May 23, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Keeping themselves technically alive for the playoffs after a superb victory against table-toppers Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians will take on the struggling Delhi Daredevils in another must-win encounter on Friday. Mumbai, playing without their key bowlers Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan...
  • ECB chief explains exit of 'frustrating' Pietersen May 23, 2014

    London: England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton gave his most detailed explanation yet on Thursday for the controversial decision to end the international career of the "frustrating" Kevin Pietersen. The South Africa-born batsman, England's leading run scorer across all formats, was sensationally axed from the national set-up following...