31/03/2009

Why censure Pietersen?

missing, everything but the girlImage by [auro] via Flickr
KP’s attempt to take a 48-hour break during the West Indies series has invited all round censure with the likes of Nasser Hussain asking him to wise-up.

However if you look at the list of English cricketers who have taken breaks in the midst of series, one wonders what is behind this widespread condemnation.

Missing in action:

2001 — Graham Thorpe, the Surrey batsman abandoned a tour of India two weeks early in an attempt to save his marriage.

2004 — England captain Michael Vaughan left Headingley before the end of play against New Zealand to be at the birth of his daughter, Tallulah Grace.

2005 — Andrew Strauss took a break from England’s tour of Pakistan to be with his wife Ruth for the birth of their first child. 
Marcus Trescothick

2006 — Opener Marcus Trescothick (right) suffered a breakdown in the changing room during a tour match in India and returned home.

2006 — Trescothick was forced to leave Australia before the start of the Ashes series after a recurrence of his stress-related illness.

2009 — Wicketkeeper Matt Prior missed the fourth Test in Barbados to spend time with his wife Emily and their new-born son.

One wonders whether Pietersen’s South African origin is behind this over reaction.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous scorpicity said...

The English are an amusing lot!

31/03/2009, 17:25  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Unfortunately not as funny as my friend Niranjan Shah.:)

31/03/2009, 17:35  
Anonymous scorpicity said...

damm... that hurt but I agree. There is no one like him in fact even rewinding to dalmiya sounds like an intelligent thing to do these days.

31/03/2009, 23:53  
Blogger Ottayan said...

It is pathetic I agree.:)

01/04/2009, 04:30  

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