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Kevin Pietersen

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Full Name: Kevin Peter Pietersen
Born: June 27 1980 , Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Country: England
Other teams: England Lions, ICC World XI, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, KwaZulu-Natal, Dolphins, Deccan Chargers, Royal Challengers Bangalore, St Lucia Zouks
Test debut: England v Australia, Lord's, July 21-24 2005
ODI debut: Zimbabwe v England, Harare, Nov 28 2004
T20 debut: England v Australia, Southampton, June 13 2005
Batting Style: Right-hand bat
Bowling Style: Off-spin


Arguably one of the most naturally talented batsmen of his generation, Pietersen is capable of turning any game on its head. At his flamboyant and dismissive best, he is a joy to behold, combining immense power and glorious timing with innovative strokes that can leave the world's best bowlers scratching their heads. Pietersen first came to England's attention in December 1999, when, having emerged in his native South Africa as an off-spinner who could bat, he struck a 57-ball 61 from number nine before picking up four top-order wickets, including Mike Atherton, Nasser Hussain and Michae...

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