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KP wasted talent ?

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Sometimes you feel that a sportsman is too good for his own good, and would you put Kevin Pietersen into this category?.

Yet again we've seen KP get out, whilst looking to put the bowler over the ropes.

Yes, he made another half century, which maintains his impressive batting average, but again he has missed out on the possibility of a really big score.

Maybe it's the knowledge that he is one of England's "Untouchables" which allows him to play with such a freedom, whereas players like Bell,Morgan and Trott,knowing that Collingwood is waiting in the wings, know that the only way to keep their place is to get their head down and stack the runs up against their name.

You get the feeling that KP gets bored playing against lesser bowlers and teams, and only his scores against the likes of Australia, and South Africa matter to him.

As one of those who never had much ability, however much we tried and practiced at the game, I can't help feeling sad (or angry) that one so skilled is not making the best of his undoubted talent.

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posted Jun 4, 2010

And if he made 164 and got out, you would still be saying something stupid like he should have made 264. Grow up and except the fact he is a superb cricketer, plays for us and we are lucky to have him.

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posted Jun 4, 2010

Yet again Kp is being blasted. Well what about cook Strauss Trott did they score more runs.

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posted Jun 4, 2010

Trott scored 200 more at Lord's.

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posted Jun 4, 2010

KP got a decent score. He got out to a good ball and his usual achilles heel...ie contempt for his opposition.

He's a fine player. He's nowhere near as good as a lot of English fans rate him as. But he's certainly very talented.

He benefited from a great start to his international career (as many do) and joining the team at a time when it was starved for talent of international calibre. Then he rolled a ball under the feet of McGrath, England won the Ashes in 05 (the best series I've ever watched) and the rest is history.

So the perception of him is skewed.

Let him get on with it. Be glad to have him. Back him as he deserves it.

I get a lot of engjoyment out of his dismissals (because of his arrogance).

You should too.

winkeye

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posted Jun 4, 2010

Eh?Pieterson played his part.Give the bowler a bit of credit though.It was a good delivery.Peiterson missed it and many players would have got out the same way.Luck of the draw I say.Yes,Peiterson is gifted but you cant always get hundreds its the consistancy that counts.Look at Trott-you couldnt hold a candle to him a few days ago but here he looked out of touch.
Bell proved me wrong yet again but Cook remains an enigma.I also hope Prior does well because there is Keiswetter breathing down his neck.This pitch has a few surprises up its sleave yet.I think Swann will be sniffing around for a few come Englands turn to bowl.

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posted Jun 4, 2010

extremely entertaining innings from kp, poeple are making aload of fuss about nothing. If anything he was extremely unlucky that he got probably the second ball of the day that actually turned

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posted Jun 4, 2010

by TheOneVoiceOfReason
Maybe it's the knowledge that he is one of England's "Untouchables" which allows him to play with such a freedom, whereas players like Bell,Morgan and Trott,knowing that Collingwood is waiting in the wings, know that the only way to keep their place is to get their head down and stack the runs up against their name.
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I don't think KP even thinks about being untouchable, he knows he is the best and just plays the way he wants. I personally wish he would sometimes play differently. He could use Bangladesh as an opportunity to score big runs and get in the habit of batting for session after session. They may be easy runs against average bowlers but batting a long innings is not just about the opposition bowling; it's a test of concentration, stamina and patience, the last a quality that Pietersen doesn't appear to have too much of.

The other players know that their places aren't as secure as KP's but I doubt if Trott and Bell should be worried about Collingwood's return as they would make up the six batsmen in England's preferred team format.

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posted Jun 5, 2010

" roastedtoe (U6704710)
He benefited from a great start to his international career (as many do) and joining the team at a time when it was starved for talent of international calibre."
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Vaughan, Trescothick, Thorpe, Flintoff, S.Jones, Harmison, Hoggard... sure, we're lucky we don't have such mediocre players any more! I suspect it's no coincidence that KP has gone downhill since Freddie retired. I suspect he desperately wants to be adored like Flintoff was, and doesn't understand why he won't be.

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posted Jun 5, 2010

If you've got a problem against a particular type of bowling (left arm spin), you can either sit back and let the spinner bowl to you and just try to keep him out while scoring at the other end, or you can try and hit his close fielders to the outfield or even hit the bowler out of the attack.

That's how Kevin Pieterson is so successful, by dictating terms. Occasionally he'll get out by it, but you have to say it is good bowling.

I'll never forget KP - in his fifth test match - comprehensively taking about Shane Warne to the point he was bowling round the wicket into the rough to Pieterson.

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posted Jun 5, 2010

as others have said KP was playing "his way" yesterday

he had decided the best way to play the spinners was to go down the track to tehm as the ball had not really been spinning and try to hit them straight

he got one that spun far more than anything had previously and was beaten by a good delivery

its interesting that guys like atherton and hussein who have previously been huge critics of KP for throwing away his wicket never said a bad word against him yesterday during the TV coverage and were actually complimenting him on a well played knock.

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