Wisden 2013 April 10, 2013

Wisden chides 'arrogant' Pietersen

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Wisden has turned on Kevin Pietersen, terming him arrogant, self-pitying and isolated, for his part in the furore which destabilised English cricket last summer.

There have been more trenchant Notes by the Editor than those which grace the 150th edition of the Almanack, published today, but Lawrence Booth reserves his sternest criticism for Pietersen's behaviour during England's Test series defeat against South Africa.

"Cricket, some suspected, existed only as an extension of Pietersen's whims (and unlike team, cricket definitely has an "I" in it). Emboldened by a lucrative new Indian Premier League deal, he was arrogant, attempting to bulldoze over the terms of his central contract. He was self-pitying, claiming he had never been looked after. And he was a man apart, sending silly texts to the South Africans," Booth writes.

Those texts were regarded in much of the media last summer as a national scandal. Perhaps in the use of the term "silly" Wisden has stumbled upon a greater truth.

Wisden, condemning the rift as a "mishmash in many genres", does not spare ECB officials from criticism, concluding: "Only the dressing room knew just how troublesome Pietersen had become; for outsiders to lecture Andy Flower on man-management was plain ludicrous. But as his exile dragged on, the ECB began to look petty, if they showed their faces at all.

"Pietersen's pursuit of Twenty20's riches at the expense of the Test side - the format which had made his name - was unattractive, although those attitudes can filter down from the top. If there was a have-cake-and-eat-it feel to his simultaneous grouse about excessive cricket and his yearning for IPL, it was hard to ignore a wider truth: a bloated schedule has asked the players to make unfair choices.

"The dilemma is not going away, however much English cricket wishes it would."

Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year - an award specific to the English season and winnable only once - are Hashim Amla, Nick Compton, Jacques Kallis, Marlon Samuels and Dale Steyn. The Leading Cricketer in the World award goes to the Australian captain, Michael Clarke.

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David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 10, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    So much confuision and ignorance about the 5 Wisden cricketers of the year. Let's set things straight. Wisden is an English publication and every year it chooses 5 players who have excelled during the England summer season, i.e. from April to September. Players can be named only once. It gets more difficult year on year to choose England players as, with the fairly settled team we have nowadays, most of them have already been named in the past.

    Many people are surprised that Kallis has become a Wisden Player of the Year at this late stage of his career. Kallis has had 4 test tours of England since 1998 and only in the 2012 series has he performed to the standard he has shown elsewhere. His 182* at the Oval was only his 2nd century v England in England, and his average over these four tours is 35.33 compared with his 56.10 career average. But he was outstanding last summer and no doubt Wisden was delighted to finally make him one of their players of the year.

  • JG2704 on April 12, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    @Soso_killer on (April 11, 2013, 14:52 GMT) All subjective. I'd say Clarke has been streets ahead partly because there is more pressure on his shoulders because of the quality of players he has batting around him comp to Amla. He had 1 genuine WC batsmen with him for part of 2012 and now has no one. Vs Aus , when he scored his double tons Aus were 40-3 and 55-3 and he single handedly put Australia on top in 2 of the 3 tests vs SA. Sure they didn't win that but that was due to weather and a tremendous rearguard by Faf in the 2nd test and in the 1st test they were way behind SA when he came to the crease and look at the bowlers he was facing? Don't think even the Don could do anything to beat the weather

  • JG2704 on April 12, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    @Andrew Spinkson (April 10, 2013, 15:52 GMT) As you are using footballers in your Modern World analogy - re "He's box office and he knows it - and just happens to have the talent to back it up " may I use the name of Messi to say that just because you are box office it doesn't mean you need to show arrogance. He is proof that you don't need to show arrogance. If we're talking cricket look at guys like Steyn and Amla. The guy is absolute class and there seems to be no ego about the guy. And Balotelli is an awful example. Would you honestly say he's that special a player?

  • JG2704 on April 11, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (April 11, 2013, 5:02 GMT) You may be right re the stats but out of all the Eng players who would definitely get an IPL contract if they decided against renewing with ECB? The only way I could see it happening is for agents to do secret deals with IPL franchises to ensure that the players are not giving up contracts for IPL and then find they have no interest... Out of interest I do wonder how much the lower tier IPL players get paid?

    KP (obviously) ,Morgan, Swann, Finn ,Prior, Anderson, Broad and of those players who would be guaranteed to be picked up by an IPL franchise? KP obviously but he has chosen Eng over a full IPL season.Morgan probably will as I don't see him getting a full CC next time but of the rest ,who can guarantee they'll get picked up by an IPL side and make better money by reneging on resigning an ECB contract? 3 of the players have already gone unsold in IPL auctions

  • Soso_killer on April 11, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    @JG2704 have to completely disagree with you there mate. Amla has been streets ahead of Clarke over the last year or so. Amla scored over a 1000 runs away from home in different conditions at an average of 70+, and won games for SA too, not draws. His 311 and 192 are good examples, whereas Clarke's double tons only ended in Draws, bar the 329 win against a mediocre Indian bowling attack. Clarke scored most of his runs in Australia which are very flat tracks these days, and his only away tour was against the W. Indies were he had a disgraceful tour. In India this year he averaged 48 in 6 inns, now compare that to what Amla did there in just 3 innings and you will get the picture. Amla is way ahead of Clarke!!

  • Hira1 on April 11, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    who care what ever wisden or any one says KP will remain the best and his arrogance and self belief is what makes him soo different from rest

  • 2.14istherunrate on April 11, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    That the editor choose to open up old wounds as his main recollection of 2012 is both facile and childish. Somehow there is something awesomely authoritarian and closed minded in certain English types. That the affair happened anyway was a blot on the ECB's copybook and the unsmiling Flower's part in oit reprehensible. It was only ever a storm in a teacup. And there is that ghastly spelling lesson too-there is no 'I' in team,blah,blah. A facile argument used by so many at that time to justify spite towards someone they could not slot into a box. As Eric Simons said, the best thing about KP is the man himself. And it is largely forgotten that just prior to this ghastly episode KP played the innings of however long cricket has been around for, an innings no-one else could possibly play. How mean spirited that this was not concentrated upon, instead the use of the letter 'I'! We know what English batting is like without KP,yet there are those who would have it that way.

  • Longhairrocks on April 11, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Why do the parameters of Wisden's remit have to be explained year in and year out? Are they so difficult to understand or are those complaining simply hoping to change the way Wisden operates by their tedious carping?

    Wisden is right to reflect upon the events of last summer involving Pietersen which had some impact on the England Test side. Too many seem to want to excuse poor behaviour by players on the rather fly by night grounds that they are "box office". Some things are more important in the long run than box office and a marketing opportunity.

  • JG2704 on April 11, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    @liz1558 - thought it was as much KP having to climb down as the ECB.ECB stood firm and KP reiterated his desire to play for England above IPL/ anything else before textgate.ECB reintegrated KP back after months of negotiations and cooling down from both sides and from what I gather certain Eng players.If it was just an ability thing then KP would never have been axed and would have played the T20WC for sure. ECB wouldn't just bring KP back for a test series because Eng failed in a T20 tourn and if so then why would they then not play him in the T20s since? As for the best England have Trott and Cook who average very similar to him and even Bell not too far behind. As for world cricket Clarke IMO has been streets ahead this last year or so and guys like Amla, Shiv and Sanga must be way ahead too.

    @trevorleesafro-Thanks (genuinely) for that story.KP does get alot of bad press and while I disagree with much of what he has said/done it's good to read about a decent side to KP

  • andrew-schulz on April 11, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Confusion and ignorance, Pauline? It is not every year, most years that the editor chooses 5 players who performed well during the previous English summer. Otherwise how did Sanath Jayasuriya make the list in 1997. Check what he did in the English summer of 1996. To Josh Maddy and others who criticise the timing of Booth's article. : The thing comes out once a year, and is an analysis of what happened over that period of a year. It is entirely appropriate.

  • on April 10, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    So much confuision and ignorance about the 5 Wisden cricketers of the year. Let's set things straight. Wisden is an English publication and every year it chooses 5 players who have excelled during the England summer season, i.e. from April to September. Players can be named only once. It gets more difficult year on year to choose England players as, with the fairly settled team we have nowadays, most of them have already been named in the past.

    Many people are surprised that Kallis has become a Wisden Player of the Year at this late stage of his career. Kallis has had 4 test tours of England since 1998 and only in the 2012 series has he performed to the standard he has shown elsewhere. His 182* at the Oval was only his 2nd century v England in England, and his average over these four tours is 35.33 compared with his 56.10 career average. But he was outstanding last summer and no doubt Wisden was delighted to finally make him one of their players of the year.

  • JG2704 on April 12, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    @Soso_killer on (April 11, 2013, 14:52 GMT) All subjective. I'd say Clarke has been streets ahead partly because there is more pressure on his shoulders because of the quality of players he has batting around him comp to Amla. He had 1 genuine WC batsmen with him for part of 2012 and now has no one. Vs Aus , when he scored his double tons Aus were 40-3 and 55-3 and he single handedly put Australia on top in 2 of the 3 tests vs SA. Sure they didn't win that but that was due to weather and a tremendous rearguard by Faf in the 2nd test and in the 1st test they were way behind SA when he came to the crease and look at the bowlers he was facing? Don't think even the Don could do anything to beat the weather

  • JG2704 on April 12, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    @Andrew Spinkson (April 10, 2013, 15:52 GMT) As you are using footballers in your Modern World analogy - re "He's box office and he knows it - and just happens to have the talent to back it up " may I use the name of Messi to say that just because you are box office it doesn't mean you need to show arrogance. He is proof that you don't need to show arrogance. If we're talking cricket look at guys like Steyn and Amla. The guy is absolute class and there seems to be no ego about the guy. And Balotelli is an awful example. Would you honestly say he's that special a player?

  • JG2704 on April 11, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (April 11, 2013, 5:02 GMT) You may be right re the stats but out of all the Eng players who would definitely get an IPL contract if they decided against renewing with ECB? The only way I could see it happening is for agents to do secret deals with IPL franchises to ensure that the players are not giving up contracts for IPL and then find they have no interest... Out of interest I do wonder how much the lower tier IPL players get paid?

    KP (obviously) ,Morgan, Swann, Finn ,Prior, Anderson, Broad and of those players who would be guaranteed to be picked up by an IPL franchise? KP obviously but he has chosen Eng over a full IPL season.Morgan probably will as I don't see him getting a full CC next time but of the rest ,who can guarantee they'll get picked up by an IPL side and make better money by reneging on resigning an ECB contract? 3 of the players have already gone unsold in IPL auctions

  • Soso_killer on April 11, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    @JG2704 have to completely disagree with you there mate. Amla has been streets ahead of Clarke over the last year or so. Amla scored over a 1000 runs away from home in different conditions at an average of 70+, and won games for SA too, not draws. His 311 and 192 are good examples, whereas Clarke's double tons only ended in Draws, bar the 329 win against a mediocre Indian bowling attack. Clarke scored most of his runs in Australia which are very flat tracks these days, and his only away tour was against the W. Indies were he had a disgraceful tour. In India this year he averaged 48 in 6 inns, now compare that to what Amla did there in just 3 innings and you will get the picture. Amla is way ahead of Clarke!!

  • Hira1 on April 11, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    who care what ever wisden or any one says KP will remain the best and his arrogance and self belief is what makes him soo different from rest

  • 2.14istherunrate on April 11, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    That the editor choose to open up old wounds as his main recollection of 2012 is both facile and childish. Somehow there is something awesomely authoritarian and closed minded in certain English types. That the affair happened anyway was a blot on the ECB's copybook and the unsmiling Flower's part in oit reprehensible. It was only ever a storm in a teacup. And there is that ghastly spelling lesson too-there is no 'I' in team,blah,blah. A facile argument used by so many at that time to justify spite towards someone they could not slot into a box. As Eric Simons said, the best thing about KP is the man himself. And it is largely forgotten that just prior to this ghastly episode KP played the innings of however long cricket has been around for, an innings no-one else could possibly play. How mean spirited that this was not concentrated upon, instead the use of the letter 'I'! We know what English batting is like without KP,yet there are those who would have it that way.

  • Longhairrocks on April 11, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Why do the parameters of Wisden's remit have to be explained year in and year out? Are they so difficult to understand or are those complaining simply hoping to change the way Wisden operates by their tedious carping?

    Wisden is right to reflect upon the events of last summer involving Pietersen which had some impact on the England Test side. Too many seem to want to excuse poor behaviour by players on the rather fly by night grounds that they are "box office". Some things are more important in the long run than box office and a marketing opportunity.

  • JG2704 on April 11, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    @liz1558 - thought it was as much KP having to climb down as the ECB.ECB stood firm and KP reiterated his desire to play for England above IPL/ anything else before textgate.ECB reintegrated KP back after months of negotiations and cooling down from both sides and from what I gather certain Eng players.If it was just an ability thing then KP would never have been axed and would have played the T20WC for sure. ECB wouldn't just bring KP back for a test series because Eng failed in a T20 tourn and if so then why would they then not play him in the T20s since? As for the best England have Trott and Cook who average very similar to him and even Bell not too far behind. As for world cricket Clarke IMO has been streets ahead this last year or so and guys like Amla, Shiv and Sanga must be way ahead too.

    @trevorleesafro-Thanks (genuinely) for that story.KP does get alot of bad press and while I disagree with much of what he has said/done it's good to read about a decent side to KP

  • andrew-schulz on April 11, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Confusion and ignorance, Pauline? It is not every year, most years that the editor chooses 5 players who performed well during the previous English summer. Otherwise how did Sanath Jayasuriya make the list in 1997. Check what he did in the English summer of 1996. To Josh Maddy and others who criticise the timing of Booth's article. : The thing comes out once a year, and is an analysis of what happened over that period of a year. It is entirely appropriate.

  • TRAM on April 11, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Excuse me, why is wisden starting this topic of KP now?

  • sjuyal on April 11, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    @JosRoberts if they are going by domestic records why not ravindra jadeja. he hit three triple centuries this year

  • Ms.Cricket on April 11, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    Wisden is being petty, arrogant and self-centred in picking on just one player Pietersen being easy meat. How about Flower not able to correct Flynn knocking the stumps when bowling? How about Prior's and Anderson's over the top sledging? Where was Wisden during Stanford?

  • on April 10, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    There was no room in my previous post to mention the other questions about the Wisden cricketer of the year selection.

    Perhaps those who don't know hhow the system works should try to find out before objecting to the omission of some players and the inclusion of others. Just a suggestion.

    Charlotte Edwards was not named for the simple reason that England women played no test cricket in England last summer and in the ODIs that were played she made hardly any runs. Being named a Cricketer of the Year isn't for lifetime achievement but recognition of performance in that particular England summer. Hence the choice of Nick Compton, the best performing county cricketer in 2012. He made 1400+ runs at ave over 90.

  • SevereCritic on April 10, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    He is also the best English batsman since WG Grace and Graham Gooch. Cook might take over in a few years; but for now-- KP >>> Cook.

  • wellrounded87 on April 10, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    @Haleos, you might want to rethink Kohli in that list. Kohli has a lot of potential but he's very inconsistent. Batsmen better than KP would include Clarke, Amla, Kallis, Sanga, and probably Cook. Which also goes against the "best we have" comment.

  • JG2704 on April 10, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    @I-Like-Cricket on (April 10, 2013, 10:48 GMT) re "Who actually makes these decisions?" - Answer , journalists from one of the longest - if not thee longest - running sporting magazines.

  • JG2704 on April 10, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Re these awards , there have predictably been a few comms re Compton and will no doubt be many more. Compton averaged nearly 100 in the English domestic season and was way above any other batsmen on the domestic season. I don't follow other nations domestic games so maybe there have been batsmen in other countries who have had such a magnificent domestic season. If so please make suggestions at who should have made the list above Nick.If not I'd like to know what is so ludicrous about selecting a guy who averaged near 100 in the 2012 season?

  • JG2704 on April 10, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    @Andrew Spinkson (April 10, 2013, 15:52 GMT) As you are using footballers in your Modern World analogy - re " " may I use the name of Messi to say that just because you are box office it doesn't mean you need to show arrogance. He is proof that you don't need to show arrogance. If we're talking cricket look at guys like Steyn and Amla. The guy is absolute class and there seems to be no ego about the guy. And Balotelli is an awful example. Would you honestly say he's that special a player?

  • Lateralis on April 10, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    @Robster1. Compton is on the list because, if you read the relevant passage of the text again, the Cricketers of the Year are chosen for their performances during the English summer. Compton scored 6 runs shy of 1500 runs at nearly 100 last summer. THAT is why he is one of Wisden's cricketers of the year.

  • cricraz on April 10, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Who really cares about Wisden? The Editor thinks KP should be grateful to Test Cricket and not disrespect it because of IPL CONTRACT. ECB now wants IPL to consider a window for English players so they dont have pay the huge contracts Australian, South African players are being paid for playing in IPL, BBL. Wisden may have some significance in UK but it has become irrelevant in the rest of the world!! The cricinfo awards seem to carry greater value! T20 is the money spinner and cricket administrators around the world need to understand that because the paying public does not have to watch 5 day test cricket, no matter how much all the old players keep insisting that "Real cricket" is Test cricket. It is a sport and whoever adapts to the changing conditions will be succesful.

  • Shan156 on April 10, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    What is done is done. Kevin (and England) paid the price by missing the 3rd test against SA and the WT20. Since then England have lost 1 test and won 2 out of 7. Not earth shattering but we achieved a significant series win against India in India before slipping into mediocrity by hanging on for a draw against NZ (though you got to admit that the Kiwis played really well and Eng. were slightly off color). Looks like Kevin has buried his differences with his team mates and team management and moved on. We too should do the same. I agree with @Josh Maddy.

  • on April 10, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Great peace and 1000% true,kp is all about me me and ,me simple! Eng are better with him in the side no doubt but eng will do just fine without him also! As for compton,the guy averages just under 100 in a tough league like the county championship div one and averages 40 in test cricket also,he deserves this award and anyone who says different know`s nothing about this great game!

  • on April 10, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    I appreciate this article, because they are very true and bringing truth from inside the changing room. I came across his arrogance when he played for Surrey against Cambridge MCCU after his injury and refused to come out and meet young kinds from school, who came down do see him.

  • cabinet96 on April 10, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    People who feel Compton shouldn't be selected either don't understand how they come up with the five, or didn't rate Bradman. At least one player gets picked for their County exploits, and you'll be searching a long time to find a more deserving player than Compton. 1191 runs @ 99.25 is just incredible, especially when batting was so much harder last year because of the weather.

  • nursery_ender on April 10, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Posted by gsingh7 on (April 10, 2013, 12:55 GMT) compton in top 5?? kp best batsman?? i thought amla and clarke are best 2 , silly me.

    Every year somebody, usually Indian, comes up with this kind of comment. And every year it has to be explained slowly and patiently that Wisden's 'Five Cricketers of the Year' awards are for performances in the English summer. And also that no-one can be named twice.

  • Motobu on April 10, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    A question: To what extent should Andy Flowers demand/request for only Test cricket be considered in light of KP's demands, if at all?

  • blink182alex on April 10, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Compton was included due to his incredible early season runs, where in what was the wettest summer on record - and in bowler friendly conditions, Compton racked up nearly 1000 runs before May, an achievement not done for 15 years. He finished way ahead of everyone on the averages with an average of over 100.

    As for Kallis, well check out how he has done in England, how can Wisden make him one of the players of the English year in years like 2008, 2003, where he had average returns on the tours. The overall cricketer of the year is open to anyone, as Sehwag has previously won it twice, Clarke was the standout this year by a mile, so deservedly won.

  • on April 10, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Wake up Wisden to the modern world! it's no good harping on about ethics, morality and the like in a sport which has fallen pray to television rights and lucrative player salaries - Kevin Peitersen is the equivalent of Ronaldo or Balotelli in the football world. He's box office and he knows it - and just happens to have the talent to back it up. What do you expect him to do? I actually think he has done his adoptive country proud. As for egos in the England camp - they took a bruising or two when he wasn't playing didn't they?

  • Robster1 on April 10, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Surprised Kallis, Steyn and Amla not already on the list - congrats to them, but Compton !?

  • JosRoberts on April 10, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    For those questioning Nick Compton as one of the cricketers of the year, it's for his 1191 @ 99.25 domestically, not his (so far brief) England career.

  • pdsina on April 10, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    who cares about wisdum, they can write whatever they want. Cricket is and will be controlled from east.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on April 10, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Definitely in the top 10 batsmen of the last 5 or 6 years for sure. Averages nearly 50 and always performs in big ashes contests

  • jmcilhinney on April 10, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    @I-Like-Cricket on (April 10, 2013, 10:48 GMT), you are detracting from Compton I'm afraid. You seem to be discounting the English domestic season altogether if you don't consider Compton's performance significant.

  • jmcilhinney on April 10, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    @Josh Maddy on (April 10, 2013, 9:23 GMT), you have a strange definition of "obsessing". Wisden is reporting the year that was in English cricket. Should they simply pretend that this whole incident didn't happen? KP missed a Test match and the WT20 so there was obviously an effect on English cricket so they are pretty much obliged to discuss it. Perhaps you just like being indignant a bit too much.

  • gsingh7 on April 10, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    compton in top 5?? kp best batsman?? i thought amla and clarke are best 2 , silly me.

  • YogifromNY on April 10, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Is there an iPad edition of Wisden? I would buy it in a flash if yes.

  • on April 10, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Gee that's a bit rough. Does Wisden regularly go after individual players in this manner?

  • suve on April 10, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    I don't care about this KP rubbish but Kallis should've been awarded this about 10 years ago.

  • CricketPissek on April 10, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    @ashlewis - the 2nd award is for cricket around the world and is quite a new award. The five players of the year is for the English season.

  • on April 10, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    While pleased with four of the five selections for Cricketers of the Year - Kallis should have been rewarded years ago;, I am shaking my head over the choice of Compton... One would have thought that a landmark edition as this one is should have considered throwing its net wider to include Charlotte Edwards who is overdue for this award... Other than that I look forward to receiving and reading it.

  • Buckers410 on April 10, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    "One of the top 7 batsmen in the world atm if not the past 10 years".full stop

  • JKF_ on April 10, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    @ashlewis - the Five Cricketers are based on their effect on the English summer, the Leading Cricketer in the World isn't restricted in the same way.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 10, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Good to see Marlon Samuels recognized, he was easily the best batsman in England from the last India,Aus,W.I tours and was playing in harder colder conditions at the start of the English year.

  • emmersonne on April 10, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Well, that's not very nice...

  • ozwriter on April 10, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    if its based on the english season, amla is the best for his 300. clarke didnt even play in england!

  • I-Like-Cricket on April 10, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Can't believe Nick Compton and Jaques Kallis are in the same list. Not to detract from Compton but seriously, Kallis shoulld've made this list years ago. Who actually makes these decisions?

  • CrICkeeet on April 10, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    KP is d best batsmen??? oh, I cant stop laughing.... bt he is a very gd batsman 4m england after 2000....

  • Marktc on April 10, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Liz..e best batsman in the world. .yes best batsman you chaps have...no..not the best batsman in the world.

  • jackthelad on April 10, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Memories seem to be getting shorter. The ECB did not 'climb down', Pietersen acknowledged that he had been wrong and withdrew his claim for special treatment. Whatever the rights or wrongs (and, personally - for all his undoubted ability - I wouldn't have him in any team of mine) let's at least try to recall facts rather than partisan fantasies.

  • on April 10, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Bet they weren't calling him arrogant when he struck hundreds against Sri lanka, India and South Africa, saving England/putting them in a winning position in each time.

    Like Boycott, perhaps he is not liked, but he has the quality to be a little arrogant. Im happy having a side picked by quality, not external factors. It isnt Australia where your place is decided by your ability on powerpoint

  • Haleos on April 10, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    @ liz1558 - Fine with "Best Batsman we have" remark but best in the world? Are you watching only KP and switching off as soon as he gets out? That would explain him to be the best as you do not know people like Amla, Clarke, Kohli, etc. who are much more consistent batsman.

  • Gurram on April 10, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    If wisden is supposed to be a great book and institution, just give out your awards and appreciate good cricketers, but insulting a good players like KP and when the facts are not really known is not at all good. I have respect for KP and I continue to do so, but I do not respect Wisden any more.

  • on April 10, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    KP has moved and so have ECB. It's time that Wisden stop obsessing over the dead-and-buried controversy. Unfortunately a country doesn't need enemies when it has 'friends' like Wisden.

  • liz1558 on April 10, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Spilt milk, crying etc. The ECB had to climb down because KP is the best player we have - best batsman in the world - and they knew that England would struggle without him. In the circumstances eating humble pie was the better part of valour.

  • tickcric on April 10, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    It's funny how Booth is arrogantly condemning 'arrogance'!

  • trevorleesafro on April 10, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    At the end of the cricket season, Kevin played very well for Surrey, but most impressive was the attention he paid to young fans. During lunch and tea breaks and at the end of the day's play he would spend a lot of time chatting and signing autographs for the youngsters in attendance. On one occasion his lovely wife was sulking and wanting to go home (a touch of sunburn) , yet Kevin stayed another ten minutes or so. Sorry for telling a personal story but far too many cricket commentators seem to just retell and sensationalise rumour and speculation when it comes to Kevin Pietersen.

  • trevorleesafro on April 10, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    At the end of the cricket season, Kevin played very well for Surrey, but most impressive was the attention he paid to young fans. During lunch and tea breaks and at the end of the day's play he would spend a lot of time chatting and signing autographs for the youngsters in attendance. On one occasion his lovely wife was sulking and wanting to go home (a touch of sunburn) , yet Kevin stayed another ten minutes or so. Sorry for telling a personal story but far too many cricket commentators seem to just retell and sensationalise rumour and speculation when it comes to Kevin Pietersen.

  • tickcric on April 10, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    It's funny how Booth is arrogantly condemning 'arrogance'!

  • liz1558 on April 10, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Spilt milk, crying etc. The ECB had to climb down because KP is the best player we have - best batsman in the world - and they knew that England would struggle without him. In the circumstances eating humble pie was the better part of valour.

  • on April 10, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    KP has moved and so have ECB. It's time that Wisden stop obsessing over the dead-and-buried controversy. Unfortunately a country doesn't need enemies when it has 'friends' like Wisden.

  • Gurram on April 10, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    If wisden is supposed to be a great book and institution, just give out your awards and appreciate good cricketers, but insulting a good players like KP and when the facts are not really known is not at all good. I have respect for KP and I continue to do so, but I do not respect Wisden any more.

  • Haleos on April 10, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    @ liz1558 - Fine with "Best Batsman we have" remark but best in the world? Are you watching only KP and switching off as soon as he gets out? That would explain him to be the best as you do not know people like Amla, Clarke, Kohli, etc. who are much more consistent batsman.

  • on April 10, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Bet they weren't calling him arrogant when he struck hundreds against Sri lanka, India and South Africa, saving England/putting them in a winning position in each time.

    Like Boycott, perhaps he is not liked, but he has the quality to be a little arrogant. Im happy having a side picked by quality, not external factors. It isnt Australia where your place is decided by your ability on powerpoint

  • jackthelad on April 10, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Memories seem to be getting shorter. The ECB did not 'climb down', Pietersen acknowledged that he had been wrong and withdrew his claim for special treatment. Whatever the rights or wrongs (and, personally - for all his undoubted ability - I wouldn't have him in any team of mine) let's at least try to recall facts rather than partisan fantasies.

  • Marktc on April 10, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Liz..e best batsman in the world. .yes best batsman you chaps have...no..not the best batsman in the world.

  • CrICkeeet on April 10, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    KP is d best batsmen??? oh, I cant stop laughing.... bt he is a very gd batsman 4m england after 2000....