February 7, 2014

England's batting star across all formats

Kevin Pietersen was a genuine match-winner and often rose to the challenge against quality bowlers
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No England batsman has scored more international runs than Kevin Pietersen. In 275 international games, he scored 13,779 runs, 589 more than Graham Gooch, who is next on the list. While Gooch's international career lasted 20 years (including three years in exile), Pietersen's lasted only ten, which shows the kind of impact he had on England cricket while he was around. That he'll no longer be around England cricket is a sad commentary on several non-cricketing aspects, but regardless of the off-field friction he caused, he was an immense force on it, and arguably England's best batsman across all formats over the last three decades.

Through much of his career, Pietersen was England's mainstay in the middle order, the enforcer who could turn a game around through his aggressive batsmanship and forceful personality. His stats, though, don't do him complete justice: he finished with a Test average of 47.28, during an era in which a 50-plus average was no longer as exclusive as in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. In the period in which he played Tests, 12 batsmen scored 4000 or more runs at an average higher than his - the 12 were Sangakkara, Chanderpaul, Younis Khan, Kallis, Amla, Clarke, Mahela Jayawardene, Hussey, de Villiers, Laxman, Tendulkar and Ponting. Nine of those batsmen (all the names till de Villiers) averaged more than 50 during this period, and many would argue that Pietersen was good enough to be in that category. (Tendulkar and Ponting obviously had career averages of more than 50, but in the period in question - July 21, 2005 onwards - they averaged 48.63 and 47.61 respectively.)

Pietersen belonged in that club too, till the last couple of years of his international career. At the end of 2011, he'd played 78 Tests and averaged 50.48. (Click here for his cumulative career average in Tests.) He'd scored 19 hundreds till that point, an average of a century every 4.1 Tests, which was an excellent conversion rate. Then came the wretched series against Pakistan in the UAE, where Pietersen scored 67 runs in six innings, at an average of 11.16. That brought his career average hurtling down to 48.69, and though he had some outstanding moments in his last two years as well - including terrific hundreds against South Africa and India - his end-of-Test average never touched 50 again. His last series, against Australia, fetched him only 294 runs in ten innings, bringing his career average down from 48.38, when the series began, to 47.28.

Pietersen's Test career
Period Tests Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
Till Aug 2007 30 2898 52.69 65.49 10/ 10
Sep 2007 to Jan 2010 28 1926 42.80 57.75 6/ 6
Feb 2010 to Dec 2011 20 1537 59.11 64.20 3/ 9
Jan 2012 onwards 26 1820 38.72 58.69 4/ 10
Career 104 8181 47.28 61.72 23/ 35

In ODIs, Pietersen's natural aggression and his penchant to dominate an attack served him well, especially in the first half of his career. Till the end of 2008, Pietersen averaged 48.36 from 87 ODIs, and could stake his claims to being one of the best in the format. In the period between November 28, 2004 - when Pietersen made his ODI debut - and the end of 2008, the only batsman who scored 2500-plus runs at an average higher than Pietersen's was Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who averaged 52.33; however, Chanderpaul scored at a strike rate of 73.31, compared to Pietersen's 87.58. It could be argued that during that period, there was no better aggressive ODI player than Pietersen.

However, he spoilt his ODI legacy considerably post 2009: in 49 ODIs since then, his average dropped from 48.36 to a mere 30.28, even though the strike rate remained a healthy 84.47. Those numbers spoke of a tendency to play rash strokes, or go on the attack too early in his innings. During that period, even though he still had the ability to dominate and change the course of a game, he was nowhere near the best ODI batsman going around.

Kevin Pietersen's ODI career
Period Matches Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
Till 2008 87 3047 48.36 87.58 7/ 20
2009 onwards 49 1393 30.28 84.47 2/ 5
Career 136 4440 40.73 86.58 9/ 25
Best ODI batsmen between Nov 28, 2004 and 31 Dec 2008 (Qual: 250 runs)
Batsman Inngs Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
Shivnarine Chanderpaul 75 3088 52.33 73.31 6/ 22
Kevin Pietersen 78 3047 48.36 87.58 7/ 20
Matthew Hayden 58 2540 47.03 82.06 6/ 12
MS Dhoni 112 3935 46.84 90.89 4/ 25
Ricky Ponting 90 3752 46.32 86.47 11/ 23
Mohammad Yousuf 83 3146 45.59 77.31 5/ 24
Yuvraj Singh 109 3962 44.02 89.92 8/ 21
Jacques Kallis 75 2604 43.40 72.77 3/ 20

England's best since 1980

Before 1970 England had several batsmen who averaged more than 50 - Herbert Sutcliffe, Ken Barrington, Wally Hammond, Jack Hobbs, Len Hutton and Denis Compton were all in that category - but since then there haven't been too many in that category. In the period since 1980, no England batsman has scored 1000 or more runs at a 50-plus average; the best in that category is Pietersen's average of 47.28. The top four in the list below are either in England's current team, or were there till very recently. Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are all closely bunched together, and Cook and Bell have a chance to go past Pietersen if they have a strong home season. Some of the other greats of England's batting line-up feature further down the list, but none of them could match Pietersen's average.

Highest Test averages for England since 1980 (Qual: 1000 runs since 1980)
Batsman Tests Runs Average 100s/ 50s
Kevin Pietersen 104 8181 47.28 23/ 35
Alastair Cook 102 8047 46.51 25/ 35
Jonathan Trott 49 3763 46.45 9/ 18
Ian Bell 98 6722 45.41 20/ 39
Graham Thorpe 100 6744 44.66 16/ 39
Graham Gooch 101 8146 44.27 20/ 40
Marcus Trescothick 76 5825 43.79 14/ 29
Robin Smith 62 4236 43.67 9/ 28
David Gower 100 7044 43.48 15/ 34
Michael Vaughan 82 5719 41.44 18/ 18

England's best at No. 4

Pietersen is also by far England's highest run-getter at No. 4, scoring 6490 runs at that position at an average of 48.43. Among England batsmen, he is more than 2000 runs clear of the second-best, Denis Compton's 4234 runs. No other England batsman has scored 3500 runs at No. 4.

When compared to all No. 4 batsmen around the world, Pietersen's aggregate puts him in seventh place, and among an elite group of batsmen who've scored 6000-plus runs at that slot in Tests. Only four batsmen - Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Mahela Jayawardene and Brian Lara - have scored more centuries at No. 4 than Pietersen's 19.

Highest aggregates at No. 4 in Tests
Batsman Innings Runs Average 100s/ 50s
Sachin Tendulkar 275 13,492 54.40 44/ 58
Jacques Kallis 170 9033 61.86 35/ 36
Mahela Jayawardene 183 9029 53.11 29/ 31
Brian Lara 148 7535 51.25 24/ 31
Javed Miandad 140 6925 54.10 19/ 31
Mark Waugh 170 6662 42.43 16/ 39
Kevin Pietersen 139 6490 48.43 19/ 27
Gundappa Viswanath 124 5081 43.05 12/ 31

Pietersen the match-winner

More than all the runs he scored, Pietersen's value to the team was in the number of matches he won for England. He won ten Man-of-the-Match awards in Tests, ten in ODIs, and six in Twenty20 internationals. That makes it a total of 26 such awards for Pietersen in his international career. Since the time of his international debut, only four players - Sangakkara, Shahid Afridi, Shane Watson and Jayawardene have won more Man-of-the-Match awards.

Most MoM awards in all international matches since Nov 28, 2004
Player Matches MoM awards
Kumar Sangakkara 366 30
Shahid Afridi 265 28
Shane Watson 237 28
Mahela Jayawardene 359 27
Kevin Pietersen 277 26
Tillakaratne Dilshan 343 26
Yuvraj Singh 253 25
AB de Villiers 299 23

Versus the top bowlers

Perhaps the stats that best illustrate Pietersen's ability to rise to a challenge are his head-to-head stats in Tests against Shane Warne and Dale Steyn, two of the best bowlers who were around during his time in international cricket. Against Warne, Pietersen averaged 61.60, scoring 308 runs off 522 balls, a scoring rate of 3.54 per over. Against Steyn, Pietersen was even more aggressive, scoring at 4.97 per over and averaging 51.66. He wasn't as successful against Glenn McGrath and Muttiah Muralitharan, but even against Murali he looked to dominate, scoring at more than four per over. That, in a nutshell, encapsulated the sort of batsman he was.

Pietersen in Tests against four of the top bowlers of his era
Bowler Runs Balls Dismissals Average Run rate
Shane Warne 308 522 5 61.60 3.54
Dale Steyn 155 187 3 51.67 4.97
Muttiah Muralitharan 168 236 6 28.00 4.27
Glenn McGrath 135 270 5 27.00 3.00

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • Gmale on February 7, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Who am I - England cricket team manager. What's my job - select & manage a team that maximizes England's chances of winning a cricket match. Does KP increase England's chances of winning a cricket match - yes. Is KP a team player - probably not. Does KP like me - no. Do I like him - no as a person, yes as a batsman. Will I pick him - yes. Why - see answer to 'What's my job' above. If I pick a team full of people I like, I am implicitly killing the 'manage' aspect of my job. That is not why ECB hired me. I know KP will win England cricket matches on the field. Off the field he can do anything he wants so long as he is winning games for England. If I pick KP even when he hates me, that will only highlight the fact that I let nothing come in the way of performing my job to the best of my abilities. By discarding KP because of personal disagreements and communication styles, I will not be doing my job. SOLUTION - get rid of my ego and hire KP. He's not my wife whom I have to live with.

  • Deep-silly-point on February 10, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    c.f. Brian Lara: Complete pain in the arse, great batsman. Pietersen refuses to bat in any position but number four, which has been tolerated at the expense of Ian Bell for several series now; in my view misguidedly. I have no problem with 'the way he bats'. He gets runs. If he could get more that's a matter of coaching and one-to-one work with him to improve his on-field performance. Pietersen's behaviour falls short of any transgression that can be addressed through formal disciplinary procedures. He doesn't smoke pot publicly, get into trysts with barmaids, skip training sessions to go gliding, punch opposition players, etc. In fact, he protects his reputation quite carefully. But ultimately he is doomed to pursue a self-centred agenda in his interactions with other members of the team set-up, with corrosive effects on team performance. It has been decided that this outweighs the twenty or so extra runs he brings to the batting score compared to someone like Eoin Morgan, say.

  • chillu_chillu on February 10, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Over the years people with high egos have been managed brilliantly by Boards for eg Sourav Ganguly, Shane Warne, Javed Miandad. Cant imagine the lame excuse of ECB. The stats prove that this guy is the best and people will pay to watch KP bat. They dont make these of kind of cricketers these days. A few texts, a few remarks here and there and he has fallen out with Cook. Come on ECB. Your loss is gain for T20 clubs around the world.

  • harshthakor on February 10, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    In my opinion Kevin Pieterson was the equivalent of the white Vivian Richards in modern times.On his day he took the best pace attacks by the scruff of the neck and manipulated the bowling moving pawns on a chessboard.His natural agressive instinct made him the best match-winning England batsmen since Graham Gooch.He could brilliantly adapt to the fast tracks where his razor-sharp reflexes came into effect.On merit he deserved an average of above 50 as he always batted in the interests of the team.His batting played a major role in England's reaching ascendancy in test cricket.Above everything he was a great entertainer.Arguably amongst the top 75 cricketers of all.I would rate Pieterson in the Peter May class.His retirement has come too early and is thus sad loss to the great game of cricket.

  • on February 9, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Lets see now Pietersen scored more runs in the Ashes than any other England batsman. Cook failed miserably both as Captain & batsman losing every game. Cook was a great disappointment. Anderson looked exhausted. Prior was dropped AKA Vice Captain was dropped Bairstow looked raw The big bowlers were hopeless etc etc yet KP is the only one fired... Was the ECB watching the same cricket as the rest of us? He is a senior player & entitled to give his opinion on the field & in the dressing room.. He is not the KP of 5 years ago yet still measures up well to the rest of the players.

  • robble on February 8, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    @ultrasnow, it depends how you take it I suppose. I took it as the latest in a very long line of digs at the England team by Indian fans on here.

  • MukundGopi on February 8, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Why KP there are hundred available to take England through. It is good that KP was sacked( thrown) He was neither true to SA nor England. That was a very good decison to throw KP. We don't need stars, we need team men!!!!!

  • ultrasnow on February 8, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    ' "In India ( at least), no one will watch the English team now"

    I assure you that not one England fan will be concerned about that. What we're concerned about is the fact that we've lost another match-winner. '

    @robble : I think you missed the point. He was trying to say KP's popularity has transcended borders. Cricket needs such characters. KP's loss would not be just england's loss but a loss to cricket lovers worldwide. That can't be said of too many current players.

  • NALINWIJ on February 8, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    I agree with Gmale about picking KP. Any management should find ways of dealing with trump cards and sometimes necessary to bring them in line but not to discard them. There are managements that get rid of those making valid criticism and go on in a state of blindness while they falter by their incompetence. Let's face it that England was blasted by the unexpected and the rigid coping style crumbled and the solution is not to find a scapegoat but solve the problems with a flexible management style.

  • Lion83 on February 8, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    I still remember the switch hit he plays against SL in the second test and he took on the spinners that help ENG to level the series otherwise it was 2-0 for SL.

  • Gmale on February 7, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Who am I - England cricket team manager. What's my job - select & manage a team that maximizes England's chances of winning a cricket match. Does KP increase England's chances of winning a cricket match - yes. Is KP a team player - probably not. Does KP like me - no. Do I like him - no as a person, yes as a batsman. Will I pick him - yes. Why - see answer to 'What's my job' above. If I pick a team full of people I like, I am implicitly killing the 'manage' aspect of my job. That is not why ECB hired me. I know KP will win England cricket matches on the field. Off the field he can do anything he wants so long as he is winning games for England. If I pick KP even when he hates me, that will only highlight the fact that I let nothing come in the way of performing my job to the best of my abilities. By discarding KP because of personal disagreements and communication styles, I will not be doing my job. SOLUTION - get rid of my ego and hire KP. He's not my wife whom I have to live with.

  • Deep-silly-point on February 10, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    c.f. Brian Lara: Complete pain in the arse, great batsman. Pietersen refuses to bat in any position but number four, which has been tolerated at the expense of Ian Bell for several series now; in my view misguidedly. I have no problem with 'the way he bats'. He gets runs. If he could get more that's a matter of coaching and one-to-one work with him to improve his on-field performance. Pietersen's behaviour falls short of any transgression that can be addressed through formal disciplinary procedures. He doesn't smoke pot publicly, get into trysts with barmaids, skip training sessions to go gliding, punch opposition players, etc. In fact, he protects his reputation quite carefully. But ultimately he is doomed to pursue a self-centred agenda in his interactions with other members of the team set-up, with corrosive effects on team performance. It has been decided that this outweighs the twenty or so extra runs he brings to the batting score compared to someone like Eoin Morgan, say.

  • chillu_chillu on February 10, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Over the years people with high egos have been managed brilliantly by Boards for eg Sourav Ganguly, Shane Warne, Javed Miandad. Cant imagine the lame excuse of ECB. The stats prove that this guy is the best and people will pay to watch KP bat. They dont make these of kind of cricketers these days. A few texts, a few remarks here and there and he has fallen out with Cook. Come on ECB. Your loss is gain for T20 clubs around the world.

  • harshthakor on February 10, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    In my opinion Kevin Pieterson was the equivalent of the white Vivian Richards in modern times.On his day he took the best pace attacks by the scruff of the neck and manipulated the bowling moving pawns on a chessboard.His natural agressive instinct made him the best match-winning England batsmen since Graham Gooch.He could brilliantly adapt to the fast tracks where his razor-sharp reflexes came into effect.On merit he deserved an average of above 50 as he always batted in the interests of the team.His batting played a major role in England's reaching ascendancy in test cricket.Above everything he was a great entertainer.Arguably amongst the top 75 cricketers of all.I would rate Pieterson in the Peter May class.His retirement has come too early and is thus sad loss to the great game of cricket.

  • on February 9, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Lets see now Pietersen scored more runs in the Ashes than any other England batsman. Cook failed miserably both as Captain & batsman losing every game. Cook was a great disappointment. Anderson looked exhausted. Prior was dropped AKA Vice Captain was dropped Bairstow looked raw The big bowlers were hopeless etc etc yet KP is the only one fired... Was the ECB watching the same cricket as the rest of us? He is a senior player & entitled to give his opinion on the field & in the dressing room.. He is not the KP of 5 years ago yet still measures up well to the rest of the players.

  • robble on February 8, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    @ultrasnow, it depends how you take it I suppose. I took it as the latest in a very long line of digs at the England team by Indian fans on here.

  • MukundGopi on February 8, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Why KP there are hundred available to take England through. It is good that KP was sacked( thrown) He was neither true to SA nor England. That was a very good decison to throw KP. We don't need stars, we need team men!!!!!

  • ultrasnow on February 8, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    ' "In India ( at least), no one will watch the English team now"

    I assure you that not one England fan will be concerned about that. What we're concerned about is the fact that we've lost another match-winner. '

    @robble : I think you missed the point. He was trying to say KP's popularity has transcended borders. Cricket needs such characters. KP's loss would not be just england's loss but a loss to cricket lovers worldwide. That can't be said of too many current players.

  • NALINWIJ on February 8, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    I agree with Gmale about picking KP. Any management should find ways of dealing with trump cards and sometimes necessary to bring them in line but not to discard them. There are managements that get rid of those making valid criticism and go on in a state of blindness while they falter by their incompetence. Let's face it that England was blasted by the unexpected and the rigid coping style crumbled and the solution is not to find a scapegoat but solve the problems with a flexible management style.

  • Lion83 on February 8, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    I still remember the switch hit he plays against SL in the second test and he took on the spinners that help ENG to level the series otherwise it was 2-0 for SL.

  • OneEyedAussie on February 8, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    These stats tell the story - KP was a good player two years ago. Since then, below average (I would expect a no. 4 to average at least over 40). Guys like Ponting survived past their use by date by selling themselves as "team men". Nobody in their right mind could consider KP a team man - in fact he is the opposite. Good luck to him though, I hear there are certain cricket fans that like watching over-hyped batsmen destroying helpless bowlers on tiny grounds with flat tracks. I'm sure KP will have a lucrative future there.

  • robble on February 7, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    "In India ( at least), no one will watch the English team now"

    I assure you that not one England fan will be concerned about that. What we're concerned about is the fact that we've lost another match-winner.

  • LateefLabeeb on February 7, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    A great batsman he was and will be missed in the cricket grounds.

  • ultrasnow on February 7, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    KP has the X factor which the other english batsman lack. Charisma, aura, presence and a striking personality are traits you cannot acquire, you're born with them. ECB let go of your egos and mend fences with the great man. From an Indian perspective I gained a grudging respect for KP after that epic 186 at Mumbai. I'd pay to watch KP bat. I'd pay to watch him switch hit.

  • Insightful2013 on February 7, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Averages doesn't always tell the story. KP is about talent!! Carl Hooper is about talent. If anyone remembers Hooper, I dare them to say that He wasn't one of the most gifted batsmen of all time. So to is KP. These are people we the punters would pay to see. Because cricket is about entertainment! The ability to transcend normalcy. Roy Jones,Federer, Allen Iverson, Messi, Maradona, Usain Bolt, Bikele, Dhoni, Lara. Our money was earned through hard work and is to be spent in the pursuit of our Gods! Not one of the above named batsmen in your article could hold a bat to Hooper or KP incl Sachin or Ponting, who are both brilliant. Who would you rather see Shiv, Kallis or KP and Hooper.You tube Hooper and see what brilliance is! KP, Miandad, Sangakara, Sachin, Dravid, if interested could give both Marshall and Hadlee a run for their money and THEY are the benchmark. Very, very few could! Note the supreme company I've placed KP in. People who could bat for your very life, if necessary.

  • on February 7, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    In India ( at least), no one will watch the English team now, unless another KP comes in. He was the only shining spot in the English team consisting of boring players

  • on February 7, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    AB, KP & Virat are the only three player rated no 1 in their team on all format of game. By excluding ECB has proved that they don't want to win the T20 world cup again. It is only KP who could have taken the cup back to 3 lions home.

  • freedomofspeech2 on February 7, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Without KP, England will be most boring team ever.KP is a great entertainer. Even when playing in a PC/PS3 game,I would always put KP in my world XI team. Only other England player who is of similar impact is Freddie Flintoff.

    KP is an one man army who can demolish any bowling attack on his day. Its not that others cannot do it.Anybody can do it on their day but cricketers like KP,Sachin,Lara,Ponting,Gilly,Shewag has done it on a regular basis.

    Bring back KP i say. Anyway IPL,Big bash and caribean leagues are waiting for KP.

  • Ali_Chaudhary on February 7, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    After Sachin and Lara KP was the only Player who was good against tough Bowlers, vs tough oppositions and in tough conditions. Kallis faltered in Eng and Aus. Dravid was miserable in South Africa and Australia, Ponting was shambolic in India, Sangakara is always gud against Bangladesh etc but against Australia and England he is very poooor.

  • on February 7, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    i think KP is a player of same class as ST,LARA, PONTING, though his batting aver is 6 runs less than these 3 greats but he has the same ability to play a match wiining inning as those 3.he always goes to dominate other team bowlers and change the match in 3 to 4 hours in eng favor, great player, great shotmaker,great fighter

  • shabmost on February 7, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    ECB made a terrible mistake to get rid of the best match winner they had for ever in last 30 years. KP is still young, still hungry, and was willing to pursue greatness over money (by committing to the plans for the next Ashes series at home and Australia). His lack of form was temporary which happens to all great players. Tendulkar, Lara and Ponting had their bad patches too. He would surely make a stunning come back given the chance. ECB and thelfans in particular, the real stakeholders of English Cricket in my view, should be aware that Australia had similar problems with Shane Warne when his ideas of playing aggressive cricket conflicted with the "safety first" his captain, coach and their management team had at the time. But that did not result into Cricket Australia getting rid of Shane Warne, even after a number of damaging scandals. They learned over time how to manage Shane Warne. ECB should reverse their decision on KP and apologise to English cricket fans.

  • India_boy on February 7, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    @justin...."Since 1980, no batsman has scored 1000+ runs @50.00 that includes boycott who scored at <40 in the corresponding period.

  • Dirk_L on February 7, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    What these figures show is that before 2011, KP was simply too good to leave out, whereas since then he has become expendable. Daft though the decision to drop your top-scorer from Ashes #2 of 2013 may look, fact is that you are dropping someone who plays as a specialist middle-order batsman but currently scores at an average of under 30. No matter how badly KP got along with Flower, Cook and whoever, if he was still scoring at an average of even 45 they would just have had to grin and bear his obnoxious dressing-room presence.

  • Pradeepmani007 on February 7, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Being an Indian Fan i would like to say Pietersen & Flintoff made us to watch England Matches.Both changed the nature of England cricket.Once again we can start seeing Tok Tok one day matches.

  • IndianEagle on February 7, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    AB, KEVIN and NOW KOHLI are only three modern batsmen playing well in all conditions and in all formats. I would spend thoushands to watch KP batting but not a penny for COOK.

  • on February 7, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    Geoff Boycott 47.72, retired 1982.

  • on February 7, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    Geoff Boycott 47.72, retired 1982.

  • IndianEagle on February 7, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    AB, KEVIN and NOW KOHLI are only three modern batsmen playing well in all conditions and in all formats. I would spend thoushands to watch KP batting but not a penny for COOK.

  • Pradeepmani007 on February 7, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Being an Indian Fan i would like to say Pietersen & Flintoff made us to watch England Matches.Both changed the nature of England cricket.Once again we can start seeing Tok Tok one day matches.

  • Dirk_L on February 7, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    What these figures show is that before 2011, KP was simply too good to leave out, whereas since then he has become expendable. Daft though the decision to drop your top-scorer from Ashes #2 of 2013 may look, fact is that you are dropping someone who plays as a specialist middle-order batsman but currently scores at an average of under 30. No matter how badly KP got along with Flower, Cook and whoever, if he was still scoring at an average of even 45 they would just have had to grin and bear his obnoxious dressing-room presence.

  • India_boy on February 7, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    @justin...."Since 1980, no batsman has scored 1000+ runs @50.00 that includes boycott who scored at <40 in the corresponding period.

  • shabmost on February 7, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    ECB made a terrible mistake to get rid of the best match winner they had for ever in last 30 years. KP is still young, still hungry, and was willing to pursue greatness over money (by committing to the plans for the next Ashes series at home and Australia). His lack of form was temporary which happens to all great players. Tendulkar, Lara and Ponting had their bad patches too. He would surely make a stunning come back given the chance. ECB and thelfans in particular, the real stakeholders of English Cricket in my view, should be aware that Australia had similar problems with Shane Warne when his ideas of playing aggressive cricket conflicted with the "safety first" his captain, coach and their management team had at the time. But that did not result into Cricket Australia getting rid of Shane Warne, even after a number of damaging scandals. They learned over time how to manage Shane Warne. ECB should reverse their decision on KP and apologise to English cricket fans.

  • on February 7, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    i think KP is a player of same class as ST,LARA, PONTING, though his batting aver is 6 runs less than these 3 greats but he has the same ability to play a match wiining inning as those 3.he always goes to dominate other team bowlers and change the match in 3 to 4 hours in eng favor, great player, great shotmaker,great fighter

  • Ali_Chaudhary on February 7, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    After Sachin and Lara KP was the only Player who was good against tough Bowlers, vs tough oppositions and in tough conditions. Kallis faltered in Eng and Aus. Dravid was miserable in South Africa and Australia, Ponting was shambolic in India, Sangakara is always gud against Bangladesh etc but against Australia and England he is very poooor.

  • freedomofspeech2 on February 7, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Without KP, England will be most boring team ever.KP is a great entertainer. Even when playing in a PC/PS3 game,I would always put KP in my world XI team. Only other England player who is of similar impact is Freddie Flintoff.

    KP is an one man army who can demolish any bowling attack on his day. Its not that others cannot do it.Anybody can do it on their day but cricketers like KP,Sachin,Lara,Ponting,Gilly,Shewag has done it on a regular basis.

    Bring back KP i say. Anyway IPL,Big bash and caribean leagues are waiting for KP.

  • on February 7, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    AB, KP & Virat are the only three player rated no 1 in their team on all format of game. By excluding ECB has proved that they don't want to win the T20 world cup again. It is only KP who could have taken the cup back to 3 lions home.