Cape Town – Kevin Pietersen will be among the South African commentators
in SuperSport’s coverage of the imminent three-Test series between Australia
and the Proteas.
The ever-controversial batsman played all his internationals
for England, but is Pietermaritzburg-born and joins compatriots Shaun Pollock,
Ashwell Prince and Kepler Wessels as SA “balancers” to the home-based, Channel
Pietersen, 36, continues to globe-trot on the busy Twenty20
franchise circuit, and will, in fact, nip back to his native KwaZulu-Natal
between the second Test in Hobart and third in Adelaide to turn out for the
Dolphins for parts of their domestic T20 campaign during November.
Given his rich experience in English colours (104 Tests, 136
ODIs), the forthright Pietersen should be capable of making suitably neutral observations
during the keenly-awaited series between the traditional southern hemisphere
Wessels remains a unique figure in having represented both
countries, even if he is long retired as a player, so knows the respective
cricketing cultures well.
SuperSport communications manager Clinton van der Berg told
Sport24 on Tuesday that the SA commentators would not be part of a separate
“All our guys will be on their (Australian) single feed,
driven by Channel 9.”
The South Africans will thus be heard at varying intervals,
surrounded by established Channel 9 figures like Mark Taylor, Shane Warne, Ian
Chappell, Michael Slater, Ian Healy and Englishman Mark Nicholas; former Baggy
Greens skipper Michael Clarke has also joined the team this summer.
The first Test starts at the WACA in Perth on Thursday
(04:30 SA time).
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