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Kevin Pietersen
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Pietersen in 2006
Personal information
Full name Kevin Peter Pietersen
Born 27 June 1980 (1980-06-27) (age 37)
Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province, South Africa
Nickname KP, Kapes, Kapers
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Batsman
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 626) 21 July 2005 v Australia
Last Test 21 November 2013 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 185) 28 November 2004 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 16 September 2013 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 24
Domestic team information
Years Team
1997–1998 Natal B
1998–1999 KwaZulu Natal B
1999–2000; 2010 KwaZulu Natal
2001–2004 Nottinghamshire
2004 MCC
2005–2010 Hampshire
2009–2010 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2010–present Surrey
2011 Deccan Chargers
2012–present Delhi Daredevils
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 101 136 209 253
Runs scored 7,988 4,440 15,803 8,112
Batting average 47.83 40.73 49.40 40.76
100s/50s 23/34 9/25 49/68 15/46
Top score 227 130 254* 147
Balls bowled 1,287 400 6,407 2,390
Wickets 10 7 73 41
Bowling average 86.90 52.85 51.16 51.75
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/52 2/22 4/31 3/14
Catches/stumpings 59/– 40/– 149/– 85/–
Source: CricketArchive, 17 November 2013

Kevin Pietersen MBE (born 27 June 1980) is a former English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional off spin bowler who played for the Melbourne Stars in the 07 (seventh season), the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League as well as the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in the CSA T20 Challenge. He had also been signed by the Rising Pune Supergiants for the 2016 season of the Indian Premier League.

Pietersen was born to an Afrikaner father and English mother in Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province, South Africa. He made his first-class debut for Natal in 1997 before moving to England in 2000, after voicing his displeasure at the racial quota system in South African cricket. Being of English ancestry, Pietersen was eligible for the England team so long as he first served a four-year qualifying period in English county cricket. He was called up by England almost immediately after he completed four years with Nottinghamshire. He made his international debut in the One Day International (ODI) match against Zimbabwe in 2004 and his Test match debut in the 2005 Ashes series against Australia. Pietersen left Nottinghamshire for Hampshire in 2005, but the England team's subsequent reliance on him resulted in Pietersen making only a single first-class appearance for his new county between 2005 and 2010. In June 2010, Pietersen announced his wish to leave Hampshire; he joined Surrey on loan for the remainder of the season, then moved permanently in 2011.

Pietersen was captain of the England Test and ODI teams from 4 August 2008 to 7 January 2009, but resigned after just three Tests and nine ODIs following a dispute with the England coach Peter Moores, who was sacked the same day. Pietersen's relationship with the ECB never fully recovered. This came to a head in 2012 when, after a disagreement over his schedule, Pietersen announced his retirement from all forms of international limited-overs cricket on 31 May. Although he later retracted his retirement, his relationship with both the ECB and his team-mates soured during the series against South Africa, and he was dropped for the final Test of that series.< Pietersen last played for England in the 2013–14 Ashes and subsequent ODIs, after which he was informed that he was no longer being considered for international selection.

Pietersen became the fastest batsman to reach both 1,000 and 2,000 runs in One Day International cricket. He 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. In July 2008, after a century against South Africa, The Times called him "the most complete batsman in cricket" and in 2012 The Guardian called him "England's greatest modern batsman".

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Batsmen with a ODI batting average above 40 vte
Australia George Bailey (54.96) • Michael Bevan (53.58) • Michael Hussey (48.15) • Adam Voges (45.78) • Michael Clarke (45.12) • Dean Jones (44.61) • Matthew Hayden (43.80) • Ricky Ponting (42.03) • Shane Watson (41.71) • Callum Ferguson (41.43) • Damien Martyn (40.80) • Greg Chappell (40.18)
Bangladesh Nasir Hossain (42.88)
England Jonathan Trott (51.25) • Kevin Pietersen (40.73) • Nick Knight (40.41) • Chris Broad (40.02)
India Mahendra Singh Dhoni (52.43) • Virat Kohli (51.77) • Shikhar Dhawan (46.08) • Sachin Tendulkar (44.83) • Sourav Ganguly (41.02)
New Zealand Glenn Turner (47.00)
Pakistan Zaheer Abbas (47.62) • Misbah-ul-Haq (45.13) • Mohammad Yousuf (41.71) • Javed Miandad (41.70)
South Africa Hashim Amla (54.85) • AB de Villiers (48.50) • Jacques Kallis (45.26) • Boeta Dippenaar (42.23) • Lance Klusener (41.10) • Gary Kirsten (40.95)
West Indies Viv Richards (47.00) • Gordon Greenidge (45.03) • Ramnaresh Sarwan (42.67) • Shivnarine Chanderpaul (41.60) • Desmond Haynes (41.37) • Brian Lara (40.48)
The Netherlands Ryan ten Doeschate (67.00)

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