Pietersen the Pom

Well, what a game. General consensus is that South Africa lost a winning position – although, given their lack of confidence, this isn’t suprising. They’re 1-0 down when, really, they ought to have made it 1-1.

It was their friend and buddy, Kevin Pietersen, who beat them in the end, smashing a hundred from only 91 balls. 2 of his sixes both came off the toe of the bat, but still sailed over midwicket from just a flick of his bat. It was a thrilling hundred, in only his 6th game – a star is born? What disappointed me was the total lack of respect the crowd showed him; practically no one clapped him off the field, a really disgusting display of disrespect. Of course they feel annoyed at his departure for England; but that was 4 years ago, and for the crowd not to acknowledge such a fine innings is certain proof of South Africa’s bad-loser mentality. No wonder Pietersen wanted to leave. Despite what people think of England – Mike from NZ also finds them “arrogant” – English crowds appreciate good cricket, and would have given an opposing player a warm reception on and off the pitch, as would most other nations

That sour point aside, it’s been a terrific game of cricket which South Africa somehow have managed to lose, yet again!

UPDATE 22.50

Lots of chatter in the blogosphere about Pietersen. Here, here, here, here (good), and here

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