England cricketer to join a special club

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Kevin Pieterson hitting ball credit thanks gareth1953theorginal via Flickr.com

England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has admitted he wants to play for his country until they tour South Africa in 2016.

Pieterson, 33, will join the 100 club for England in the first Ashes test against Australia, which starts this Thursday in Brisbane. Pieterson has had an ongoing knee injury that led to speculation that he could retire as early as the end of the current Ashes series. Yet the rumors are false and he will persevere. The South African has his sights on the World Cup, which takes place in 2015 and another Ashes campaign.

Pieterson made his international debut back in 2004 against Zimbabwe in a One Day International. He went on to make his debut test match the following year against Australia. Pieterson has taken part in four Ashes series victories and has won the World Twenty20 in 2010.

Pieterson currently holds the record for being England’s leading run-scorer across all formats with 13,503, yet still has his sights set on two more goals. First, he wants to overtake Alec Stewart’s record of test appearances. He also aims to score 10,000 test runs, which would make him the first English player to do so. Pieterson currently holds 7,887 runs to his name.

As well as knocking up the runs and racking up the appearances, Pieterson has also had a spell as captain of England back in 2008. He scored a century in his debut match as captain in the fourth Test against South Africa, and went on to overcome the same opposition 4–0 in the ODI matches. He remained captain of England until early 2009.

Pieterson will become thetenth member of England’s 100 cap club when he steps out on Thursday. Only Alec Stewart, Graham Gooch, David Gower, Mike Atherton, Colin Cowdrey, Geoffrey Boycott,Ian Botham, Andrew Straus and Graham Thorpe have played more test matches.

During his 99 test series, Pieterson picked up many awards and trophies. He won the ICC ODI Player of the Year and Emerging Player of the Year in 2005. He was awarded an MBE for his Ashes success in 2006.

Kevin Pieterson currently plays his cricket for country cricket side Surrey. He also signed for Indian Premier League side Delhi Daredevils.

England will look to make it back to back Ashes series wins in Australia and retain the urn. Kevin Pieterson’s England record:

Tests

ODIs

T20s

Apps

99

136

37

Runs

7,887

4,440

1,176

Highest score

227

130

79

Centuries

23

9

0

Average

48

41

38

Strike-rate

63

87

142

The first Ashes test between Australia and England will take place at Brisbane on the 21st November 2013 kick off time at 00:00 GMT.

What positive qualities can you see Kevin Pieterson bring to England during this up and coming Ashes Series?

 

 

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