Cricket

KP responds to Lehmann's Big Bash comment

2017-01-25 20:53
Kevin Pietersen (Getty)

Cape Town - Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen responded to Australian head coach Darren Lehmann's comments on his Big Bash performance.

READ: Lehmann calls for KP Big Bash sacking

On Tuesday, Lehmann wrote on social media that the Englishman should be dumped, after his Melbourne Stars team was knocked out of Big Bash semi-final.

Pietersen could only make five runs in the crucial semi-final match against the Perth Scorchers, as his side lost by seven wickets.

After the game, Lehmann lashed out at KP, saying: "Time for Stars to move KP on, spent too much money on him and didn't win. Don't want to listen to his excuses anymore."

Lehmann's tweet was deleted off Twitter on Wednesday.

Stars president Eddie McGuire hit back at Lehmann on radio, saying: "KP is not the highest paid player at the Stars for a start, he has delivered in spades... He is a crowd favourite."

The South African-born cricketer made a cool, calm and collected response, by saying that he was shocked by the comment, and instead of blasting at the Australian head coach - he let his statistics do the talking.

"What a bombing that one is," said Pietersen.

"Look I can only do my best for the Stars and I think that I've done pretty well.

"First year I shared player of the year, second year I was player of the year, and this year I top scored.

"I also think that the Stars wouldn't of gotten involved with a team or a campaign in such a huge way for the Rhinos - if I didn't offer anything to the franchise.

"I'm very happy where I am. I love playing in Australia, I love playing for the Melbourne Stars and it's like home to me."

Pietersen was the Melbourne Stars leading run-scorer, making 268 runs in eight appearances with the highest score of 73.

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