August 22, 2012

English cricket

Pietersen's career may never be the same as before

Abhishek Mukherjee

Though situations may improve for Kevin Pietersen and England if he successfully resurrects his career after the recent saga, it wouldn't be easy for him to treat everything as the same as before, as a lot of damage had been done, opines Stephen Brenkley in the Independent. There is more likelihood of his England Test career being over, he says.

The repercussions are as yet unknown because negotiations are still taking place. But they may extend for years. If Pietersen can redeem himself sufficiently to resurrect his career in time for the Test tour of India this autumn it will not be easy for him to walk into the dressing room as though nothing has happened. There has been too much texting, tweeting and treachery for that. For Pietersen it can never be the same again and therefore he may never be the same player again.

A couple of former England captains have advocated the banging together of heads, the re-introduction of Pietersen and getting on with it. The likelihood is that it has gone too far.

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