Ashes July 9, 2009

Pietersen thinks too much, not too little

Here are some of the early reviews of the most-talked about single production on the Cardiff arts scene in the last 24-hours – ‘That Shot’, starring Kevin Pietersen:
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Here are some of the early reviews of the most-talked about single production on the Cardiff arts scene in the last 24-hours – ‘That Shot’, starring Kevin Pietersen:

“Cocky... silly” – David Lloyd. “Outrageous” – Michael Holding. “Stupid shot” – Ian Chappell. “Irresponsible... put undue pressure on the players below him... sometimes you have to play time and respect the bowler” – Michael Kasprowicz. “One of the daftest shots a great player will play” – Geoffrey Boycott. “A frantic sweep shot” – The Independent. “Folly” − Sydney Morning Herald. “A moment of madness” – Press Association. “What on earth was Kevin Pietersen thinking about? Even by his own standards of unpredictability, his dismissal possessed no logic, especially at the start of an Ashes series” – David Hopps, The Guardian.

‘That Shot’ received a one-star panning across the board. However, the Confectionery Stall disagrees wholeheadedly with this analysis.

I would argue that Pietersen was not being cocky, silly, outrageous, irresponsible, record-breakingly daft, frantic, or mad enough. Rather, he was thinking too much, being too predictable, applying too much (possibly flawed) logic, and was perhaps overly constrained by the responsibilities of the first day of an Ashes series.

Pietersen was attempting a gentle paddle for a single, prepared to softly milk the udders of a bowler, when, in a different mood, he might have attempted to attach them to a high-powered industrial suction pump. It was hardly the height of folly.

If he had been in a more aggressive and instinctive frame of mind, he might have been better able to prevent Hauritz settling into a steady if unthreatening groove. As it was, KP had been regularly sweeping the off-spinner for singles, having logically concluded it was the safest way to keep the scoreboard chuntering contentedly to itself, and thus had become predictable enough that when he shaped to do so again, Hauritz was able to alter his line an induce the terminal, helmet-clonking error.

Admittedly, the assembled judges have a few more Test caps in their cricketing headgear cupboards than I do in mine (contents: a moth-eaten red sun hat I bought in a charity shop some years ago in a failed attempt to make myself bat more like Richie Richardson, and a Viking helmet purchased on eBay that is allegedly the one Wally Hammond wore on his Test debut to try to intimidate the young South African fast bowler Denys Morkel, who was known to be scared of Vikings).

To me, however, Pietersen is judged harshly due to his reputation, and because the shot looked hideous. His own denial that it was “over adventurous” was bang on the banana, and his widely-criticised claim that it was just the way he plays was also, I believe, close to the mark. The way he plays now is that of a calculating batsman who is far less of a risk-taker than in his early days in Test cricket. (Strap in for some numbers: in his last 35 Tests, his strike rate is 59, he has hit 16 sixes, one per 314 balls faced; in his first 18 Tests, he scored at 72 runs per 100 balls, and hit 32 sixes, one for 69 balls faced.)

Pietersen is a calculating player, who, from an unpromising start in cricket which casts doubt on those who claim he has supernatural innate cricketing gifts, has intelligently honed a technique for success. Arguably, he thinks too much, not too little, when batting. Personally, I hope that when the ball ricocheted off his carefully maintained head, it knocked some sense out of, not into, him.

There is another plausible explanation, however. Firstly, that Pietersen is a true sportsman, one who believes in fair play and sporting justice, and was merely balancing out the obvious injustice of being given not out to one of history’s more convincing lbw appeals. Perhaps Umpire Doctrove thought the ball was going under middle stump. Pietersen then attempted to give a catch to extra cover, and, having narrowly failed, then spooned one to short leg via his always-whirring bonce.

I would be interested to know what you think of my theory on this.

Overall, this has been a compelling start to the Ashes series. England, initially uncertain, then steadily conservative, took control of the game with an excellent mid-and-lower-order onslaught, displaying positivity that has sometimes been absent in recent years. Australia were bafflingly passive from a position of some strength at lunch on Day 1, facilitating England’s recovery. As I write, Phillip Hughes has been displaying his astonishing off-side timing and placement, as England patently fail to implement the plan they must have had for him. Flintoff has just come into the attack, and, after boding well with the bat, looks formidably ready with the ball.

Andy Zaltzman is a stand-up comedian, a regular on the BBC Radio 4, and a writer

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  • Andy Micklewright on July 24, 2009, 9:48 GMT

    Whats the infatuation with KP for everyone.

    Fact, he aint English hes South African, he IS selfish and was when he was at his first club (Cannock) and to be honest I dont think he understands what being English and playing for England means.

    If he did, after he picked up this injury in the WI he would not have gone off to India, he would have stayed home and got it sorted. A number of the Aussies gave up the money to get ready and he should have done, or the ECB (his employer) should have said no, get fit.

    So good riddance as far as I am concerned, and hopefully England win without him so we dont have to pick him again so he can go play his 20 over games for money, not pride

  • Anil on July 16, 2009, 9:14 GMT

    Methinks KP's shot was fixed. He was paid to keep on sweeping Haury by English journos. They (the journos) can now kick back, relax and suck that one KP shot dry for more than a month now. Easy pickings.

  • jogesh99 on July 13, 2009, 3:05 GMT

    You prefer him shouldering arms to a straight one Andy?

  • James Aldous on July 12, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    KP is undeniably a highly gifted batsman. He has power, he has stamina, he as a vast array of shots - some hitherto not seen on a cricket field until KP came along! - and has definitely got a lot of balls, but in the grey matter department he is clearly lacking.

    Fine, the sweep shot he attempted was premeditated, which in principle is fine if you've got your eye in and are confident you can take on the bowling, but the ball was far too wide of offstump to attempt that shot. KP should have pulled out of the shot when he saw this rater then continuing on blindly.

    And fine, KP may have scored the most runs in the innings, which is great, but that can't really be used as an excuse to exonerate the Big Egoed One. He played a shot that was ridiculously stupid and entirely thoughtless.

  • Damo on July 12, 2009, 14:08 GMT

    He averages 50, and 52 v Oz. Englishmen! Is there a reason the world calls you whingers? You poach a player from another country who is the best batsman in your side, top scores in a test match and gets out, and you whine about his selfishness! He COULD have made 0!!

    Adam Gilchrist got out as many times for us playing stupid shots and he's about the greatest batsman Australia have ever had. Get over yourselves and enjoy the spectacle. It's nice to be taken for a ride occasionally. The negativity of your press has unfortunately influenced the psyche of a nation, leading to your loss of enjoying the good things in life I'm afraid.

    Egocentrics are fun, it's the reason Warney was in your press more than ours...

    From... An Australian.

  • Paul on July 12, 2009, 8:59 GMT

    Utter rubbish! Pietersen was compehensively beaten by a delivery that drifted away from him very late. Hauritz doesn't spin them far, but he is very good in the air. But, of course, noone rates Haurtiz, so noone will learn from this and it will happen again...soon. Pietersen, on the other hand, is (over)rated by everyone, so noone notices that he never gets to 50 without at least one chance or dodgy decision in his favour.

  • Brodie on July 12, 2009, 7:03 GMT

    Who was the idiot who said he isnt a match SAVER? Does anyone remember the last testof the ashes 05? 150 against McGrath and warne to save a draw and win the series...... hmmmmmm

  • delta70 on July 11, 2009, 10:36 GMT

    Benji

    I looked at your comment which says "He is undeniably a talented player, but a great?". I couldn't understand under what criterias do you determine a batsman's greatness? And RR, I would like to remind you that he did score a marathon 158 in the last ashes test of 2005 to defy Australians a victory. Isn't this a great innings which saved the match and ensured that England win the ashes back after almost 2 decades. And coming to the overrating of KP and Dhoni, I can only say that both can demolish any attacks on their day but Dhoni comes no near if we look at the array of strokes they can play. And South African, I was very amazed that you are comparing KP with Yuvraj and Dilshan. I don't think Yuvraj and Dilshan would score as many test centuries as KP has scored till now even if they play for whole of their life. Comparing KP with them is like comparing Rolls royce with a very old Ambassador car. I do admit he is a bit egoistic but he does have the credentials 2 do that.

  • Mr Cat on July 11, 2009, 8:45 GMT

    Having conveniently side-stepped the 2006/7 Ashes, England's bravado has now turned to a plea for rain to save them. Let's play cricket, but in case we start losing bring on the rain.

  • R Sivasubramaniam on July 11, 2009, 0:08 GMT

    Andy I don't care who wins the Ashes - but I hope that you will do a daily round-up, which would be more fun reading that the action in the middle. They must seriously consider making you the Entertainer of the Series. Keep it up Andy - though my sides are splitting. Siva from Singapore

  • Andy Micklewright on July 24, 2009, 9:48 GMT

    Whats the infatuation with KP for everyone.

    Fact, he aint English hes South African, he IS selfish and was when he was at his first club (Cannock) and to be honest I dont think he understands what being English and playing for England means.

    If he did, after he picked up this injury in the WI he would not have gone off to India, he would have stayed home and got it sorted. A number of the Aussies gave up the money to get ready and he should have done, or the ECB (his employer) should have said no, get fit.

    So good riddance as far as I am concerned, and hopefully England win without him so we dont have to pick him again so he can go play his 20 over games for money, not pride

  • Anil on July 16, 2009, 9:14 GMT

    Methinks KP's shot was fixed. He was paid to keep on sweeping Haury by English journos. They (the journos) can now kick back, relax and suck that one KP shot dry for more than a month now. Easy pickings.

  • jogesh99 on July 13, 2009, 3:05 GMT

    You prefer him shouldering arms to a straight one Andy?

  • James Aldous on July 12, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    KP is undeniably a highly gifted batsman. He has power, he has stamina, he as a vast array of shots - some hitherto not seen on a cricket field until KP came along! - and has definitely got a lot of balls, but in the grey matter department he is clearly lacking.

    Fine, the sweep shot he attempted was premeditated, which in principle is fine if you've got your eye in and are confident you can take on the bowling, but the ball was far too wide of offstump to attempt that shot. KP should have pulled out of the shot when he saw this rater then continuing on blindly.

    And fine, KP may have scored the most runs in the innings, which is great, but that can't really be used as an excuse to exonerate the Big Egoed One. He played a shot that was ridiculously stupid and entirely thoughtless.

  • Damo on July 12, 2009, 14:08 GMT

    He averages 50, and 52 v Oz. Englishmen! Is there a reason the world calls you whingers? You poach a player from another country who is the best batsman in your side, top scores in a test match and gets out, and you whine about his selfishness! He COULD have made 0!!

    Adam Gilchrist got out as many times for us playing stupid shots and he's about the greatest batsman Australia have ever had. Get over yourselves and enjoy the spectacle. It's nice to be taken for a ride occasionally. The negativity of your press has unfortunately influenced the psyche of a nation, leading to your loss of enjoying the good things in life I'm afraid.

    Egocentrics are fun, it's the reason Warney was in your press more than ours...

    From... An Australian.

  • Paul on July 12, 2009, 8:59 GMT

    Utter rubbish! Pietersen was compehensively beaten by a delivery that drifted away from him very late. Hauritz doesn't spin them far, but he is very good in the air. But, of course, noone rates Haurtiz, so noone will learn from this and it will happen again...soon. Pietersen, on the other hand, is (over)rated by everyone, so noone notices that he never gets to 50 without at least one chance or dodgy decision in his favour.

  • Brodie on July 12, 2009, 7:03 GMT

    Who was the idiot who said he isnt a match SAVER? Does anyone remember the last testof the ashes 05? 150 against McGrath and warne to save a draw and win the series...... hmmmmmm

  • delta70 on July 11, 2009, 10:36 GMT

    Benji

    I looked at your comment which says "He is undeniably a talented player, but a great?". I couldn't understand under what criterias do you determine a batsman's greatness? And RR, I would like to remind you that he did score a marathon 158 in the last ashes test of 2005 to defy Australians a victory. Isn't this a great innings which saved the match and ensured that England win the ashes back after almost 2 decades. And coming to the overrating of KP and Dhoni, I can only say that both can demolish any attacks on their day but Dhoni comes no near if we look at the array of strokes they can play. And South African, I was very amazed that you are comparing KP with Yuvraj and Dilshan. I don't think Yuvraj and Dilshan would score as many test centuries as KP has scored till now even if they play for whole of their life. Comparing KP with them is like comparing Rolls royce with a very old Ambassador car. I do admit he is a bit egoistic but he does have the credentials 2 do that.

  • Mr Cat on July 11, 2009, 8:45 GMT

    Having conveniently side-stepped the 2006/7 Ashes, England's bravado has now turned to a plea for rain to save them. Let's play cricket, but in case we start losing bring on the rain.

  • R Sivasubramaniam on July 11, 2009, 0:08 GMT

    Andy I don't care who wins the Ashes - but I hope that you will do a daily round-up, which would be more fun reading that the action in the middle. They must seriously consider making you the Entertainer of the Series. Keep it up Andy - though my sides are splitting. Siva from Singapore

  • Jonathan on July 10, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    Pietersen is an attacking cricketer, taking more risks than other players but having more talent than most so is often able to achieve great results. It doesn't always come off for him, or Dilshan, or Jayasuriya or any other improvisational attacking players. They do often score big runs and entertain us though. I just think some traditional sectors of cricker think Pietersen is an arrogant upstart who doesn't play the game as it should be played. I say rubbish. And yes I agree, he did top score in the innings. You wouldn't know it from some of the headlines.

  • Good Egg on July 10, 2009, 12:10 GMT

    Mr Zaltzman, your sister is both more intelligent and funnier than you. It's a shame she doesn't write about cricket instead.

  • sathish on July 10, 2009, 7:22 GMT

    he is fixing .... KP u r too much this shot iam abset this shot i hate u7

  • Benji on July 10, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    KP is an egocentric - it's all about me. The way he struts around and everything he does (including playing silly shots) is carefully choreographed to draw attention to himself. His antics are boring - including his "dramatic" resignation as captain. He is undeniably a talented player, but a great? Never. That takes humility and respect for others to take him both through bad patches and to great heights. He was the most expensive IPL player, yet turned in a string of failures; it was only after he left that his team started performing.

  • Damo on July 10, 2009, 4:27 GMT

    Given that Katich and Ponting have now gone on to play the English attack with contempt - KP's shot was a very poor decision that may cost his team more than he believes. Didn't he come out afterwards and say that if the ball didn't hit his helmet he would have been ok? I think he's missing the point there! Super-inflated ego indeed.

  • DFC on July 10, 2009, 1:52 GMT

    Firstly thank you for your enlightening and humorous muses. From an aussie point of view, KP is great in the pommies team! He is so full of himself that he may need another body to accommodate his ego. It looks to me that all this cockiness and swagger is a put on anyway, selfishness does not belong in a team. This is why england will never be a power like the aussies have and will be again, cause they play as a team. All I read is 2005 this, 2005 that, pommies living in the past glories and don't forget who actually holds the ashes?

  • elgaffer on July 9, 2009, 23:04 GMT

    Btw Mr Zaltzmann, what do you make of the Andre Nelisation of Peter Siddle. Yes he's a tireless hit the deck bowler with a bit of attitude but Nel and Sreesanth are in a category all to themselves.

    www.theoffsidetrap.com

  • elgaffer on July 9, 2009, 22:57 GMT

    Interesting theory Andy. I don't necessarily think that becoming more calculating is a bad thing. Sachin started of as a very instinctive player, then became calculating, before rediscovering his earlier style of play later on in his career (actually, he's probably been through this cycle more than once and helped him reinvent his batting).

    Btw, is Simon Katich approaching the Gary Kirsten zone of unwatchable batsmen??

  • rex on July 9, 2009, 22:41 GMT

    I'm sure it was only a typo error but surely you left "of himself" out of your headline "Pietersen thinks too much........, not too little".

  • Gippslander on July 9, 2009, 21:11 GMT

    I don't think the bowler gets enough credit. It was his only wayward delivery of the spell...out wide to entich KP into a rash shot. Let me be the first to say..."well bowled".

    Hauritz's 3 wickets look even better after Swann and Panesar failed to get a wicket on Day 2.

  • Rahul Singh on July 9, 2009, 18:05 GMT

    I think he should keep on playing shots like that.

  • Alan on July 9, 2009, 17:42 GMT

    Agree with the posters who suggest Pietersen is being criticised disproportionately heavily compared to the other England batsmen. But in my view this shows again that England are just not a very good team. Most England fans seem to have forgotten not just about the 5-0 in the last Ashes series, but also the defeats since 2005 to Sri Lanka, India (twice), South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan ... Pietersen in my view shouldn't be an England player anyway.

  • auscriketnut on July 9, 2009, 17:41 GMT

    As a long time reader and fan of the confectionery stall, I totally agree with Andy, Kev is by far the best englishman I have ever seen and the most feared by aus since Botham and he isnt even english. Get off his back I rekon and let him play, he is better than any actual englishman so everyone should be grateful he got as many as he did, I totally acknowledge that I wouldnt be writing anything had no Kat and Punter got 100s

  • Mark Wiggins on July 9, 2009, 17:40 GMT

    I think there needs to be a national debate, full judicial enquiry and questions in the House.

    Commentators and Analysts are paid to commentate and analyse - their criticism is a fair cop.

    Sure, Mr Boycott, it was a "daft" shot but I'd rather watch KP than the pathetic zero-risk pitch-a-tent occupancy that characterised Boycott's batting career.

  • Mark Wiggins on July 9, 2009, 17:40 GMT

    I think there needs to be a national debate, full judicial enquiry and questions in the House.

    Commentators and Analysts are paid to commentate and analyse - their criticism is a fair cop.

    Sure, Mr Boycott, it was a "daft" shot but I'd rather watch KP than the pathetic zero-risk pitch-a-tent occupancy that characterised Boycott's batting career.

  • K.V. RAJAGOPAL on July 9, 2009, 17:34 GMT

    Yes, in the the heat of the moment Pietersen must have played that shot and can be pardoned. If he keeps doing it repeatedly, then we can condemn him. After all, his partnership with Collingwood laid the way for England's big total

  • K.V. RAJAGOPAL on July 9, 2009, 17:34 GMT

    Yes, in the the heat of the moment Pietersen must have played that shot and can be pardoned. If he keeps doing it repeatedly, then we can condemn him. After all, his partnership with Collingwood laid the way for England's big total

  • Peter on July 9, 2009, 17:31 GMT

    Why is this website so obsessed with KP? If you take a look there are more articles on him than anyone else. You know, there are 10 more players in this english side. Yes, Pietersen is a good batsmen, but he does not have the right head, well he has a huge head, but thats a different argument.

  • koos du preez on July 9, 2009, 17:29 GMT

    Could it be KP is still a choker, being undeniably South African, despite the phoney pom accent?

  • shoba on July 9, 2009, 17:06 GMT

    oh and then you get to determine what comments are published!

    excellent theme.

  • shoba on July 9, 2009, 17:06 GMT

    why does anyone and everyone get to air their thoughts on Cricinfo? And then such low-quality meaningless 'article' is featured on the home page, wasting the time of many of us

    Sir, your mind is not working at all, or perhaps you'd like to call it 'over-adventurous'?

  • South African on July 9, 2009, 16:51 GMT

    The difference between legends and greats is that legends are far more responsible in handling their far more superior skills. Thats why there is a big differene between being Tendulkar or a Lara and being Pietersen. Any brash you player with incredible skill can be a Pietersen and there are many of them. Yuvraj, dilshan etc etc. I can count 2 or three players who come even remotely close to Lara? Pietersen is not in that list. There is a reason why he did not make it to the south african team. English fans should stop glorifying him since all they do is make him arrogant and make him play such horrible shots.

  • South African on July 9, 2009, 16:50 GMT

    The difference between legends and greats is that legends of far more responsible in handling their far more superior skills. Thats why there is a big differene between being Tendulkar or a Lara and being Pietersen. Any brash you player with incredible skill can be a Pietersen and there are many of them. Yuvraj, dilshan etc etc. I can count 2 or three players who come even remotely close to Lara? Pietersen is not in that list. There is a reason why he did not make it to the south african team. English fans should stop glorifying him since all they do is make him arrogant and make him play such horrible shots.

  • Mark (Pakistan) on July 9, 2009, 16:34 GMT

    Err...'undue pressure on the players below him'...he was the highest scorer of the innings! maybe people should consider that before throwing out judgements...so he gets out sometimes when trying such stuff, big deal.. his average and success rate is still better than everyone else in the team

  • Raj Patel on July 9, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    too much time and energy spent on a silly stroke played by a good cricketer. MOVE ON

  • Healy'sHeroes on July 9, 2009, 14:41 GMT

    Gold. Enough of the hyperbole, this is good, clever, simple analysis. "...under the middle stump", best conjoured sports humour I've read in a long time!

  • Andries from SA on July 9, 2009, 14:17 GMT

    Your theory is very interesting. However, it is flawed, as it presumes that KP does in fact possess a brain.

  • Andrew on July 9, 2009, 13:37 GMT

    I certainly agree, Andy. It's particularly galling that - once again - the pundits (mostly players who never had the class, big-game temperament and work ethic Pietersen has) have taken issue with a proactive - if ill-advised - stroke, rather than the timid stabs that did for most of the top order. People keep saying that Pietersen is naturally gifted, but they get that impression from the cocksure 25-year-old, who'd spent so much time qualifying for England (and developing his batting after being a very ordinary off-spinner). It would be refreshing if these guys could acknowledge the failure and reasons for it without the spluttering disgust, as you have here.

  • Simon on July 9, 2009, 13:33 GMT

    If KP had played that shot in Doncaster League - C Division he would have been chastised to the rafters. Totally agree about him being a batsman that is usually thinking and playing the situation but that was a daft shot. And not the first such daftness in the past year or so. Very good for him and Colly to milk the bowling at 3 an over, I was happy to see that all afternoon, but once he'd gone down and Hauritz threw the wide one... just leave it man, or correct yourself to play it out into the off. If he continues to do that then adapt. He was out LBW mind you. Still it's better that way round then giving out when it wasn't. I'll have have no complaints if Billy keeps that up when England bowl.

  • Matt Higgins on July 9, 2009, 13:33 GMT

    Well said, Mr. Oliver. Andy Zaltzman couldn't have written it better himself.

  • John on July 9, 2009, 13:32 GMT

    Talented cricketer, like Botham, will always do things like this, better to try it when he is in the mid 60's than when he is on 0. Leave the guy alone, why do we bash our top stars? no one would question the shot if he had reached 100, anyway its a team game, don't consider the final score to be bad? lets see what the Aussies can do

  • RR on July 9, 2009, 13:31 GMT

    Another over rated player [like MS.Dhoni]. these guys can play shots of a bad ball, play super shots of good balls, but can definitely get out to some stupid shots of a nothing delivery... these days pitches are more bat friendly so easier for bats like him to survive. he can be a match winner - but no way a match SAVER. quite a few of his big innings have been helped either by the fielders dropping him or sleeping umpires [like the plumb lbw shout not given yesterday]... i agree with Boycott. cant agree with sky commentators calling big match player.

  • Robin on July 9, 2009, 13:31 GMT

    It did look awful, and he was obviously disappointed to lose his wicket and not go on to make 100 (I don't buy your true sportsman theory). However, let's not forget that he was England top scorer. Why is all the abuse going to KP when the likes of Strauss, Cook, Bopara and Flintoff all got out just as they'd got their eye in? The press should the guy break and applaud him for the runs he did score.

  • Dave on July 9, 2009, 13:31 GMT

    Dude, you are the funniest guy of all time: " (contents: a moth-eaten red sun hat I bought in a charity shop some years ago in a failed attempt to make myself bat more like Richie Richardson, and a Viking helmet purchased on eBay that is allegedly the one Wally Hammond wore on his Test debut to try to intimidate the young South African fast bowler Denys Morkel, who was known to be scared of Vikings)." hahahaha

  • davie x3 on July 9, 2009, 13:31 GMT

    Top Effort Andy!

  • Joe on July 9, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    Pietersen's arrogance and over-inflated sense of his own ability impairs his judgement.

  • Steve on July 9, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    You are far too kind to Pietersen. I could write much about his selfish running and attention-seeking play, however in this case it was either a case of sheer arrogance or stupidity which led to his downfall.

    Strauss needs to control the South African's ego or he will not be contributing centuries throughout the Ashes series.

  • Bradley on July 9, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    kp is an idiot who thinks he is bigger than the game thus he will begin failing more often than not. kp needs to start thinking about winning as a team and not individual performances. thanks Brad(South Africa)

  • Alex in London on July 9, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    If you were watching it on sky sports you saw hauritz pitchmap bowling to pietersen. There was a clump of balls when pietersen wasn't out and one ball to the far of KP's off-side which he was out to.

  • Paul on July 9, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    I've always found the treatment of Pietersen really surprising. He is an entertaining cricketer, and when the shots come off we all love it. He top-scored in the innings and will probably prove to be our best batsman once again. I suppose at least the attention is taken off Bopara, who got out to an awful shot himself and maybe wouldn't be able to take the criticism as easily.

  • nd on July 9, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    I 100% agree with Andy Zaltzman. should that shot has gone for 4 the so called pundits would have applauding Peterson. Why we are always agains Peterson? we always critisize hime whether scores 0,40, 100, 140 we always critisize. Leave him alone and let him play his natural game. There are 10 more players in the team they need to be responsible as well.

  • matt on July 9, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    give the guy a break....everyone knows he is a star, everyone knows how he plays..!! i think the old commentators should move on with the times and stop being jealous of the new players and respect them....

  • Will Sisco on July 9, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    I agree. I don't think it was an overly "aggressive" shot; he wasn't trying to hit it out of the ground. But a player like KP should be able to refrain from the shot when he saw how far outside off it was.

  • Ben Jennings on July 9, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    I find the whole Pieterson argument entirely frustrating. Why must a whole country depend on one man. Be it Pieterson, Rooney in football, or Jonny Wilkinson (past tense) in rugby. These are "team" sports, berrating one man for getting out, is not the way to do it. Why are we not having a go at strauss, who for an opener should know that bouncers are coming at him and equally having faced thousands should know how to get out of the way of them! Pieterson is victimised time and time again and i wish the press would just leave him alone. A great talent and one of the best players in the whole. Oh my god he didn't score 2000 runs yesterday! BUT HE DID SCORE MORE THAN ANY OTHER ENGLISHMAN! Why are the pathetics efforts of the others so analysed!

    Yours a disgruntled fan

  • Stephen Connor on July 9, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    I think karma has it's way; Pietersen was clearly out lbw a few overs before and was probably stunned at not being given. He was on borrowed time.

  • D.V.C. on July 9, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    Maybe we should give some credit to the bowler.

  • david on July 9, 2009, 13:23 GMT

    I think some people need to wake up. Kevin Pietersen oozes class. Yes it's frustrating when he does something like this but it is the cricketer he is and it is the person he is. The selectors know what they are getting when they pick him as do the fans. He reverse swept Muralitharan for 6 and now everyone raves about that shot - if he had top-edged it or missed it and got bowled, he would have been slated but because it came off, nobody says a word about how technically silly the shot is. Give him a break, he is a world class player and none of the fans want to see him play any differently.

  • ganesh.kadam on July 9, 2009, 13:22 GMT

    he is great crickter always.england will win the ashes if en do something.

  • Mark Millar on July 9, 2009, 13:22 GMT

    The shot was textbook!

  • Symonds Shrink on July 9, 2009, 13:22 GMT

    You lot should think yourselves lucky that the guy isn't playing for South Africa!

  • kiran on July 9, 2009, 13:22 GMT

    Its like a gully cricket shot. Werever the ball comes turn it towards leg side.

  • Doug on July 9, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    The shot that was heard around around the world!

  • Doug on July 9, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    The shot that was heard around around the world!

  • Doug on July 9, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    The shot that was heard around arounf the world!

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  • Doug on July 9, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    The shot that was heard around arounf the world!

  • Doug on July 9, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    The shot that was heard around around the world!

  • Doug on July 9, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    The shot that was heard around around the world!

  • kiran on July 9, 2009, 13:22 GMT

    Its like a gully cricket shot. Werever the ball comes turn it towards leg side.

  • Symonds Shrink on July 9, 2009, 13:22 GMT

    You lot should think yourselves lucky that the guy isn't playing for South Africa!

  • Mark Millar on July 9, 2009, 13:22 GMT

    The shot was textbook!

  • ganesh.kadam on July 9, 2009, 13:22 GMT

    he is great crickter always.england will win the ashes if en do something.

  • david on July 9, 2009, 13:23 GMT

    I think some people need to wake up. Kevin Pietersen oozes class. Yes it's frustrating when he does something like this but it is the cricketer he is and it is the person he is. The selectors know what they are getting when they pick him as do the fans. He reverse swept Muralitharan for 6 and now everyone raves about that shot - if he had top-edged it or missed it and got bowled, he would have been slated but because it came off, nobody says a word about how technically silly the shot is. Give him a break, he is a world class player and none of the fans want to see him play any differently.

  • D.V.C. on July 9, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    Maybe we should give some credit to the bowler.

  • Stephen Connor on July 9, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    I think karma has it's way; Pietersen was clearly out lbw a few overs before and was probably stunned at not being given. He was on borrowed time.