Pietersen flops again

2010-03-09 13:25

Chittagong - Ace England batsman Kevin Pietersen failed to find form ahead of a two-Test series against Bangladesh, scoring just 20 in a drawn warm-up match on Tuesday.

Pietersen, who contributed only 41 in three one-day internationals against the hosts recently, also flopped in the first innings of the match, making two before falling to left-arm spinner Mehrab Hossain.

He faced 23 balls in the second innings before being bowled by part-time spinner Mohammad Ashraful.

England, needing 284 to win, finished at 185-5 in their second innings, with skipper Alastair Cook (42) gaining valuable batting practice before the Test series starts in Chittagong on Friday.

The final Test begins in Dhaka on March 20.

The hosts earlier declared their second innings closed at 362-5, with Shuvagoto Chowdhury top-scoring with an unbeaten 91.

Ashraful could not find a place in the Test squad announced in Dhaka on Tuesday after failing in the practice match, scoring one and 30. He is also without a half-century in his last 12 Test innings.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh A: 202 (Raqibul Hasan 107 not out; J. Tredwell 6-95, S. Finn 2-13) and 362-5 decl (Shuvagoto Chowdhury 91 not out, Dolar Mahmud 66 not out, Raqibul 51, Saghir Hossain 51; Tredwell 2-57).

England XI: 281-7 decl (J. Trott 101 retd, M. Prior 73 not out, I. Bell 47; Mehrab Hossain 2-59, Mahbubul Alam 2-38) and 185-5 (A. Cook 42, T. Bresnan 36, M. Carberry 35, I. Bell 21 not out, K. Pietersen 20).

Result: Match drawn


  • Freshly Ground - 2010-03-09 14:11

    Couldn't have happened to nicer fella...

  • NAM - 2010-03-09 14:17

    No worries KP we have CK now as well, he can fill in untill you find your form again......would not want to be a bowler when you do find form again VIVA SA's transformation policies on sport.......if you do not want them keep sending them to us, England will have a great cricket team within the next couple years,i believe that there are a couple of SA grown fast bowlers in the UK waitung for clearance........bring it on.

  • Louis - 2010-03-09 14:21

    Hey KP...JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH maybe you should leave England for Zim...(sorry Zim) KP not good enough for you guys as well...Holland is looking for ok cricketer's...maybe you can whinge for not getting to play for England(they are going to drop you).

  • khathu - 2010-03-09 14:46

    He looks like some random street person in this pic, lol

  • Hannetjie - 2010-03-09 15:04

    KP has not been performing for some time - he was even booted out as England captain - maybe he should be left out of the England team all together!

  • proudly sa - 2010-03-09 15:15

    @khathu, no he doesn't he just looks hungry. @NAM; did CK leave due to the transformation policy or did he just want to be a pom?

  • Matie - 2010-03-09 16:12

    The grass is not always greener on the other side. I hope the English will still give u a royal tratment now that you are down and out!!!! shame... just retire man

  • bulawayo-based-bok - 2010-03-09 21:52

    lol @ Freshlygrounded.....he is a complete D*ck!!......that's Karma KP DEAL WITH IT!@nam u have Dernbach n Meaker who r both pushing 90 mph and Groenewald as well!!......makes me slightly sick actually!

  • JJ - 2010-03-10 07:43

    LOL at all of the comments - - u talk utter trash; which batsmen has not had a dip in form ? If his form is laughable than wat can we say about Jackass P#!$# Duminy? His record is still way better than your South African players. Get over yourselves. Thanks

  • Red1 - 2010-03-10 09:49

    @ JJ. Thanks for your sensible comment. Most of the posted comments are prejudiced and malicious. Perhaps these contributors should rather direct their comments to a “girlie magazine” as they bring no value to a cricket debate.

  • REALITY - 2010-03-10 10:19

    @ JJ...You and all the other KP lovers must realise that KP has been worked out similarly to Duminy. This is not "dip in form" by KP. When last has he performed well for England. Well done to the Dolphins/Proteas for not selecting this dude....he would of been another "white" cricketer who has failed at the top level

  • Mike - 2010-03-10 12:01

    Methinks that KP going to shove bat, ball and bails down some people's throat's soon. Every player experiences a slump boy boy does the wheel turn.

  • Herold - 2010-03-10 14:46

    A contributor to this column recently wrote that “an article on KP reminds him/her of lifting a stone and watching the low life that crawls out”. Reading some of these comments I can only wonder if the authors of these comments are representative educated adults or seriously ignorant individuals who have little or no knowledge of cricket and persist with disgusting personal attacks on a test cricketer with a 50+ average.

  • Freshly Ground @ Herold - 2010-03-10 16:55

    Herold, I am very well versed in the wiles of cricket. I am also very well educated with a masters degree. I'm not sure if I am representative though because I have no idea what you're talking about. While KP is a really good batsman, with averages to prove this, he has managed to be rude about South Africa (the team and the country) and our cricket captain. I have no time for him whatsoever. I think I speak for most of us here when I say that I wish him the worst, hope he gets dropped and disappears from sight. By the way when looking under the rock KP will be found slithering like a snake, not crawling.

  • Herold - 2010-03-10 18:09

    @ Freshly ground. You are entitled to your opinion but I am still not convinced that KP deserves all the insults directed at him. After continuous research, I have still not found any rude anti SA comment ever made by him. Similarly it appears as if he has never been rude to the Proteas as a team. He and Smith have an ongoing dislike for each other and it is a fact that he referred to Smith as a “muppet” because he ( Smith) is known to be manipulated like a puppet by his political masters. He further (justifiably) criticised the quota system of which he was a victim. These comments come after he was discriminated against and he took the long hard road of starting a new career from scratch in another country and subsequently achieved the success he has. In my opinion the real culprit is CSA for causing him and others to leave our shores. Every time we criticise him, we divert attention from the policies (of CSA) that are the real problem. Given the above it is my belief that educated adults should have the ability to establish the facts before resorting to vulgar attacks on a great cricketer. Speculation on his current and future performance should be encouraged but vulgar personal attacks on him and his wife ( Sport24 last week )disgusts me.

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