Kevin Pietersen v Andrew Strauss: doos and don’ts
WANT to know why cocksure England cricketer Kevin Pietersen isn’t playing for England? Well, one paper claims his tweets have come to light. The Mail says South African-born Pietersen tweeted that England’s South Africa captain Andrew Strauss was a “doos”. The Mail tells us:
In Afrikaans the word literally means ‘box’, but it has a slang application of ‘dumb cunt.
The paper says Pietersen most likely the messages to South African players AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn.
What’s clearer is that the press don’t much like Pietersen. The Mail adds:
In a further embarrassment, it has also become clear that Pietersen spent the Monday night of England’s defeat in the first Test in a London wine bar close to his Chelsea home with members of the victorious South African team.
Good that he did. The Olympic spirt has been used to bash football yet when an England cricketer shoots the breeze with a few mates in the opposition he’s cast in a bad light. Why should that be embarrassing?
Married to former Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor, the brash batsman shocked traditionalists early in his career by sporting an ear-ring and dying his hair. He also has a tattoo of the England badge on his arm.
A tattoo to celebrate his sporting prowess and pride in his country is shocking? Tom Daley, the Olympic diver has just got a tattoo. The Mail called that tattoo “grown up“, adding:
The 18-year-old diver has succumbed to the trend for Olympic athletes to ink a reminder of their remarkable achievements on their skin
The Sunday Times then adds:
One message from Pietersen, who is fighting to save his international career, is understood to have suggested during the second Test at Leeds that South Africa’s bowlers go round the wicket at Strauss. Dale Steyn used this tactic to dismiss Strauss in the first innings. Morne Morkel, who received the messages intended for Steyn, also dismissed Strauss, bowling from round the wicket in the first Test at the Oval.
Well, there are only two ways for bowlers to bowl – over the wickert or round it. Even if Peitersen told them to do it, it’s a pretty fair bet the South Africans had analysed Strauss’ play and would have tried a few techniques to get him out. The inference that Pietersen would damge his team is an affront to his professionalism. He might be a tosser, but his sportsmanship should not be so lightly questioned…
Image: England’s Kevin Pietersen (second from right) celebrates with Andrew Stauss (left) after running out Pakistan batsman Salman Butt during the second day of the Third npower Test match at Headingley, Leeds.