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Missing Kevin [Aug. 16th, 2012|10:43 am]
Tony Grist
I wish they'd tell us what Pietersen said in his disloyal tweets about Andrew Strauss. I'll bet there's some truth in them. But, of course, from the Management's point of view, that's beside the point. Loyalty is all. It's the military mindset. Or the corporate one. The individual must meld him/herself with the collective. He/she isn't supposed to have opinions apart from the official line. In a phrase my bro-in-law acquainted me with when we were discussing the matter the other day, "There's no 'I' in ''Team'".

Pietersen is an "I".  Star batsmen usually are. Compton was an I, Boycott was an I, Botham was an I. Another way of putting it is they were arses, but it's the arses we want to watch. I'm very happy when Andrew Strauss scores centuries for England, but I don't particularly enjoy the spectacle. Strauss is a hard grafter who has to work for runs, Pietersen is a natural, a swasher, a musketeer- Amadeus to Strauss's Salieri. His century in the first innings of the Second Test was a thing of beauty.  In the past- as my bro-in-law pointed out-  we used to cut our musketeers some slack. If Botham turned up on the pitch with a bottle of brandy inside him we let it pass, if David Gower buzzed the ground in a light aircraft (when he should have been sitting in the pavilion biting his nails) we gave him a slap on the wrist, but we didn't drop him from the team. We knew that guys like that were the reason the Game existed. They were the point of the exercise. Test cricket is a slow, cerebral business which comes alive when the star batsman arrives at the crease and starts cutting and slicing and lofting the ball for six.

It's thanks to the "No 'I' in 'Team'" mentality that England has hoiked itself into the position of being top Test Nation. So, a qualified hooray for that!  I still want our lot to beat South Africa, but I don't want it quite as much as I did when Pietersen was playing. On the one hand there's winning and on the other hand there's winning with flair and there's a big gap between. 

[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2012-08-16 11:17 am (UTC)
No cricketer plays a singles game, they are all only successful because they are part of a team. I do think it is reasonable to ask a team member to be loyal to team mates and not knock the team in front of the opposition or the general public. Exceptions are allowed when questions of ethics arise, which is why I think it is ok for an MP to occasionally break ranks with their party.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-08-16 04:15 pm (UTC)
None of us knows exactly what's been going on in the England dressing room, but I doubt if KP is the only one to blame. I think more might have been done to keep him on side. He's the most exciting batsman of his generation and I want to see him playing Test Cricket.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2012-08-17 02:21 pm (UTC)
I don't follow sport so I don't know the ins and outs of this, but I do think that there are a lot of people in sport and the entertainment business who should be kept well away from all modern methods of communication like mobile phone texts, Twitter and Facebook. It's one thing to say something to someone verbally over a drink in a pub, it's quite another to send it in some form that is archived and can come back to bite you.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-08-17 05:27 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed. It was foolish of Pietersen to trust whoever it was he texted.
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