68 Facts About Kevin Pietersen

1. Kevin Pietersen gained several awards for his performances in the 2005 season.

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2. Kevin Pietersen made his 100th Test appearance in the first Test.

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3. Kevin Pietersen featured in the three-Test series in New Zealand in February 2013, scoring 73 in the second match.

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4. On 31 May 2012, Kevin Pietersen announced his retirement from one-day international cricket.

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5. On 10 April, Kevin Pietersen started his first match in the 2012 Indian Premier League for his new team, the Delhi Daredevils.

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6. Kevin Pietersen scored his maiden century in that format during the tournament.

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7. Kevin Pietersen was picked to play against India in July 2011, and scored 202 not out at Lord's in the 1st Test.

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8. Kevin Pietersen returned from injury for the home series against Sri Lanka in May 2011.

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9. Kevin Pietersen was omitted from both of England's limited-overs squads to face Pakistan.

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10. Kevin Pietersen struggled for form in an ODI series against Australia and then a Test series against Pakistan.

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11. Kevin Pietersen shared in a vital stand of 111 with Kieswetter, before holing out to David Warner off the bowling of Steve Smith.

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12. Kevin Pietersen actually did well to reach 44 before being caught behind off Siddle again.

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13. Kevin Pietersen seemed to flare up his Achilles injury again suddenly which hampered his batting a bit.

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14. Kevin Pietersen left the boy, from Suffolk, with a signed bat as compensation.

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15. In June 2009, Kevin Pietersen played in England's World Twenty20 warm-up match against Scotland, registering an unbeaten 53 in a six-wicket England victory.

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16. Kevin Pietersen won two out of his six matches in charge before leaving to fulfil his international commitments with England; Anil Kumble took over the captaincy and led the Bangalore team to the IPL final.

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17. Kevin Pietersen captained England in the fifth ODI against New Zealand after Paul Collingwood was banned for four games for a slow over-rate during the previous match.

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18. Kevin Pietersen hit a winning 42 not out in the Twenty20 match.

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19. Kevin Pietersen seemed to be struggling particularly against Daniel Vettori but he showed no signs of that as he struck a century in the third Test, forming a valuable partnership with Tim Ambrose, making a crucial 115.

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20. Kevin Pietersen produced 42 and 6 as England collapsed in their second innings.

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21. Kevin Pietersen had a quiet first two Test matches, making little impression with the bat.

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22. Kevin Pietersen made a top score of 43 in the first of two comfortable Twenty20 matches.

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23. Kevin Pietersen was unfortunate as in the second innings on 18 he was bowled by a ball that kept low from Dilhara Fernando.

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24. Kevin Pietersen held the highest strike rate of any England batsman.

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25. Kevin Pietersen scored the most England fours and jointly held the record for the most England sixes (6) with Owais Shah.

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26. Kevin Pietersen was picked for and played in the Twenty20 Championship in South Africa.

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27. Kevin Pietersen described this as his best century, in very testing conditions.

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28. Kevin Pietersen edged the ball behind of Zaheer Khan to Dhoni.

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29. Kevin Pietersen played in the first Test against India and in the first innings, he made 37 but not without controversy.

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30. Kevin Pietersen posted his highest score of 226 in the second Test at Headingley, surpassing his previous best of 158 which he had achieved three times.

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31. Kevin Pietersen made 58 against Sri Lanka before being caught and bowled by Murali.

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32. Kevin Pietersen made 48 in the unconvincing win against Ireland.

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33. Kevin Pietersen was lbw offering no shot in the first innings at Lords for 21.

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34. In May 2006, Kevin Pietersen matched his highest Test score of 158 in the first match against Sri Lanka.

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35. Kevin Pietersen pulled a ball from Sreesanth onto his stumps.

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36. Kevin Pietersen made little impact in the first and third test.

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37. Kevin Pietersen was given an ECB central contract to reflect his place in the national side.

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38. Kevin Pietersen reached his maiden test century with a driven four off the bowling of Tait before making 158, eventually being dismissed by Glenn McGrath.

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39. Kevin Pietersen gloved his first ball from Brett Lee, but the umpire turned down the appeal.

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40. Kevin Pietersen had a good partnership with Andrew Flintoff where the pair put on 103 very quickly.

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41. Kevin Pietersen made his debut in the first Ashes Test at Lord's, becoming the 626th player to play for the national side.

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42. Kevin Pietersen was upset not to be initially in the squad to tour South Africa.

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43. Kevin Pietersen is eligible to play for England as he has an English mother.

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44. On 6 January 2018 Kevin Pietersen announced he would retire from cricket by late 2018 at the end of the 2018 season for all his T20 leagues around the world.

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45. On 26 August 2017 Kevin Pietersen announced his exit from Surrey after his team lost in the quarter-finals against Birmingham Bears in the Natwest T20 Blast.

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46. Kevin Pietersen was replaced by a substitute fielder in the second innings.

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47. In May 2015, Kevin Pietersen scored his highest first-class score of 355*, before injury prevented him going to the IPL.

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48. Kevin Pietersen had rejoined his old team in South Africa, the Dolphins, for a short stint in October 2010.

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49. Kevin Pietersen scored a century in his first Clydesdale Bank 40 appearance against Sussex, with 116 off 105 deliveries.

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50. Kevin Pietersen was made to honour the last year of his contract at Nottinghamshire, but "didn't enjoy it at all".

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51. Kevin Pietersen has criticised Graeme Smith, who became captain of the South African side in 2003, calling him "an absolute muppet, childish and strange" and that his behaviour "leaves a lot to be desired".

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52. Kevin Pietersen had to take leave from playing for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League in Australia to be present for the birth.

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53. Kevin Pietersen arrived at the hospital just in time for the birth.

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54. Kevin Pietersen made a dash back across the Atlantic, from where he was on tour with the England side, in Barbados, West Indies, in a bid to be present at the birth.

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55. Kevin Pietersen is married to former Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor.

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56. Kevin Pietersen published his autobiography: Kevin Pietersen: Crossing the Boundary in early 2007.

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57. Kevin Pietersen is widely portrayed in the media as having a self-assured personality, described by Geoffrey Boycott as being "cocky and confident".

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58. Kevin Pietersen had a strict and well-disciplined childhood, along with his three brothers Tony, Greg and Bryan; he learned valuable lessons from this "fantastic" approach to parenting, and said: "Discipline is good.

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59. Kevin Pietersen was born to an English mother, Penny, and an Afrikaner father, Jannie.

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60. Kevin Pietersen became only the third English batsman to top the ICC One Day International rankings, doing so in March 2007.

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61. Kevin Pietersen has the second-highest run total from his first 25 Tests, behind only Sir Don Bradman of Australia, and was the fastest player, in terms of days, to reach 4,000, 5,000 and 7,000 Test runs.

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62. In June 2010, Kevin Pietersen announced his wish to leave Hampshire; he joined Surrey on loan for the remainder of the season, then moved permanently in 2011.

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63. Kevin Pietersen made his international debut in the One Day International match against Zimbabwe in 2004 and his Test match debut in the 2005 Ashes series against Australia.

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64. Kevin Pietersen was called up by England almost immediately after he completed four years with Nottinghamshire.

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65. Kevin Pietersen made his first-class debut for Natal in 1997 before moving to England in 2000, after voicing his displeasure at what he claimed was the racial quota system in South African cricket.

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66. Kevin Pietersen was born to an Afrikaner father and English mother in Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province, South Africa.

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67. Kevin Pietersen is a right-handed batsman and occasional off spin bowler who played test cricket for England between 2005 and 2014.

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68. Kevin Pietersen was born on 27 June 1980 and is a former English cricketer.

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