KP left out in the cold

2011-05-06 07:41

London - Former skipper Kevin Pietersen was left among the ranks after England took the bold step of announcing separate Test, one-day and Twenty20 captains.

Video: KP 'has the bug back'

Test skipper Andrew Strauss's decision to quit one-day internationals created a vacancy but England gave the 50-over leadership to Alastair Cook, his opening partner in the five-day game and long identified as a future England captain, rather than revert to Pietersen.

Ashes star Cook's elevation had been widely trailed, despite his not considered being a good enough one-day batsman to be selected for the recent World Cup where a stuttering England suffered a 10-wicket quarter-final thrashing by eventual runners-up Sri Lanka.

But England sprung a surprise by announcing fast bowler Stuart Broad would succeed Paul Collingwood as captain of their world champion Twenty20 side.

Pietersen, briefly England captain across the board in succession to Michael Vaughan in 2008-09, told the Daily Mirror last month: "If the one-day job becomes available, I would definitely be up for it."

South Africa born Pietersen was stripped of the England captaincy after a deterioration in his relationship with Peter Moores, now at Lancashire, saw the then coach sacked.

The pair's exits paved the way for the successful alliance between Strauss and coach Andy Flower that has yielded home and away Ashes triumphs.

Pietersen who has not played since returning home early from the World Cup with a hernia injury in March, hopes to return next week for Surrey in a three-day game against a Cambridge student side.

The 30-year-old put a brave face on being overlooked for a new leadership role with England by telling his Twitter followers on Thursday: "Congrats to Cookie & Broady on the captaincies.. New era for ENG. Young captains for the future.. Exciting times ahead!!"

Strauss has now followed in the footsteps of Ricky Ponting (Australia), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Graeme Smith (South Africa) and Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) who have all, at the very least, stood down as one-day captains of their respective countries since the World Cup.

"Ultimately the decision was made because the end of the World Cup is a watershed for all one-day teams and is a team to refresh and regenerate and to move forward," the 34-year-old Strauss explained.

"I didn't think in my own mind that for me to start that process knowing full well I wouldn't be able to see it through to the next World Cup (in Australia and New Zealand in 2015) was in the best interests of the team."

Although it is not uncommon for leading nations to have separate Test and one-day captains, Flower admitted England were taking a gamble in opting for three skippers.

"I don't think any side has had three separate captains before," he said. "We do not know 100 percent whether it will work or whether it will be the most effective or efficient system, but we are going to give it a try."


  • Parko - 2011-05-06 08:01

    Ag shame

      Sipho - 2011-05-06 14:00

      Poor little KP... Hope he doesnt start throwing more toys from his cot... Poor diddum.

  • Ruan - 2011-05-06 08:21

    Ja, jammer om te hoor KP! Jy kan van my ondersteuning verseker wees...

      Ruan - 2011-05-06 08:22

      HEY! Wie het my profile gehijack? Ek sal dit nooit se nie! Ek sal eerder se soos Parko: AG SHAME!

  • veryhandsome - 2011-05-06 08:31

    he will probably come back to PMB for some hugs from his former coach there, do some soul searching and than go back to England

  • Stephen - 2011-05-06 08:37

    suppose he will now decide to come back to SA now that he is not the flavour of the month on the island anymore.

  • Betsy - 2011-05-06 08:42

    You are all so sad!

      veryhandsome - 2011-05-06 08:43

      Why Betsy , go read a book or something

      Betsy - 2011-05-06 13:48

      read lots - ypu're STILL sad!

  • MaLemmer - 2011-05-06 08:54


  • BrettPresent - 2011-05-06 08:56

    Stuart Broad? Honestly...

  • flowing river - 2011-05-06 09:12

    Serves the bloody traitor right .....!

      Bob - 2011-05-06 10:27

      What do you mean bloody traitor, he wasn't dark enough to play for SA, if there is a traitor here then it was his land of birth that is the traitor.

      bullocks - 2011-05-06 10:45

      @Bob. Hear hear ! As Betsy sad ! she forgot to add stupid !

      flowing river - 2011-05-06 11:09

      @Bob.....If the land of birth was letting anybody down then there would have been no whites in the team....if u look closely then u would notice that the majority of cricketers to hav represented S A have been whites.... looking at a half empty glass rather than half full glass scenario yawl shud be happy......PLAIN DOWN.... KP shud have waited and he wud hav got his chance. the traitor jumped cos he cud'nt wait.....TYPICAL !

      bullocks - 2011-05-06 11:25

      That his country discriminated against him due to his skin colour is a fact and there is no “if” about it. To suggest he should have stayed and waited is also ridiculous. This is how he earned his living ! Do you suggest he should have joined the unemployment line until discrimination was abolished in SA. Please think before you write more rubbish again. PS. Please learn to spell !

      flowing river - 2011-05-06 11:39

      @Bulldust....the Aussies play their batsmen late into their 20s etc..... and they still r able to support themselves etc etc etc.... r u saying that if K P was'nt playing for S A then he shud have been unemployed R U THINKING MATE ......TYPICAL!

      thames - 2011-05-06 12:13

      @Flowing river. Are you stupid or do you just want us to think so? You made a false statement that KP was a traitor notwithstanding that the records confirm that his country did discriminated against him but you now choose to resort to stupid comparisons with Australian cricketers that have nothing to do with the original accusation by you that KP is a traitor. I can only assume you are trying to justify racial discrimination!

      Bob - 2011-05-06 12:47

      Perhaps he left because of the ethical point, anyone with any sense knows that discrimination is disgusting, it is just as disgusting disciminating against whites as it is people of colour, I am quite happy living here in SA even though I don't agree with much that goes on, the point is I don't blame anyone for packing up and leaving, especially when that Individual is affected by our prejudice government and it's discriminatry policies. - 2011-05-06 13:52

      He's not a traitor, he's just a chop.

  • di - 2011-05-06 09:22

    Isn't Broad always being criticized/suspended for his attitude? Is that like making the naughtiest boy in the school Head Boy? Reverse psychology?

  • RobinHood - 2011-05-06 09:42

    what did he expect - left the team in India and went home

      DeonL - 2011-05-06 10:03

      He was injured, needed an operation.

      RobinHood - 2011-05-06 10:09

      According to his coach he could have seen it through though...

  • mbube - 2011-05-07 00:18


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