Cape Town - South African-born England-turned international batsman Kevin Pietersen has revealed that he will be supporting England at the World Cup.
Pietersen attended Maritzburg College - a famous South African cricketing school in Pietermaritzburg. He went on to play for his province KwaZulu-Natal before making the move to the United Kingdom to play county cricket for Nottinghamshire.
Having impressed with his county, Pietersen was selected for England and went on to make 104 Test appearances for his adopted nation, scoring 8 181 Test runs at an average of 47.28.
The 38-year-old admitted he has been 'emotionally attached back to SA' in recent years with the work he is doing on preventing rhino extinction, but that England paved the way for him to fulfil a lifelong dream and for that reason he would be supporting England.
Pietersen wrote on his official Twitter account: "England v SA on Thursday and people asking who I'm backing...?
"I left SA as a kid and got an unreal opportunity to fulfil a childhood dream. England did that for me and I ended up with 104 Test matches.
"I have over the last 5/6 years been emotionally attached back to SA and I'm contributing in trying to help species in Africa to not go extinct. We very lucky to live a fun life commuting between the two countries.
"BUT, none of this would have been possible if England didn't allow me the chance to realise a dream.
"So I'm ALL on England!"
England v SA on Thursday and people asking who I’m backing...?— Kevin Pietersen?? (@KP24) May 28, 2019
Here we go:
I left SA as a kid & got an unreal opportunity to fulfil a childhood dream. England did that for me & I ended up with 104 Test matches.
I have over the last 5/6 years been emotionally attached back...