Kevin Pietersen low on runs and time

His contribution to English cricket has been immense, and he had a prolific home season; but whether it his brash image or his tense relationship with Andy Flower, two poor Tests are enough to put his spot in jeopardy.

updated: January 30, 2012 13:25 IST
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Abu Dhabi: It seems the vultures are circling. Those who have been waiting for Kevin Pietersen to stumble are ready to strike. They smell blood.

The antipathy towards Pietersen is, in many ways, hard to understand. Perhaps it derives, in part, from his South African heritage. Pietersen has a British parent, a British wife and a British child, but that seems not to be enough for some. Despite living in a mobile, multi-cultural nation, there are some that resent the fact that he was born and raised overseas.

His career record seems not to appease, either. Before Pietersen made his international debut, England had not won the Ashes for nearly two decades and had never won a global event. He played an enormous role in rectifying those blemishes.

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