Kevin Pietersen, MBE born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africaon June the 27th 1980. Kevin made his debut for Natal Cricket Club in 1997 before moving to Englandto further his opportunities for playing at International level. His English Mother gave Pietersen eligibility to play for England, and after serving a qualifying period of four years playing at county level, he was called up immediately into the England national side.
He made his England Lions debut in 2004 where he averaged 104 in 3 innings on tour in Zimbabwe and followed this with 3 centuries in 5 innings against South Africa in 2005 for the senior team.
His phenomenal talent and self-belief can never have been more evident than hitting 158 on the final day of the last test at the Oval in the 2005 Ashes, securing England a first Ashes triumph in 18 years.
He has a highest test score of 227, averages over 50 in test matches, and is one of the fastest ever English batsmen to reach 4000 test runs. His incredible reverse sweep for 6 off Muralitharan at Edgbaston has developed into his trademark switch hit, another element of his game that keeps him in the highest echelons of World Class Batsmen.
In 2009 KP became one of the World’s most expensive cricketers in the IPL auction, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 2010 KP was named player of the tournament on the way to helpingEngland win the ICC World T20. KP was again instrumental in the team effort, hitting 227 In Adelaide in 2010 when England eventually went on to win the Ashes, making KP a 3 time Ashes winner. In 2011 KP was auctioned to the Deccan Chargers IPL team.
Off the pitch Kevin’s passion for sport prevails; where time permits watching Chelseaplay, or following Rugby Union and Formula One. Kevin is an Ambassador for Barnardos children’s charity.