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    Is Pietersen a team player?

    I read at Cricinfo that Kevin Pietersen has left Nott's mainly because he fell out with team-mates. It raises the question whether he'll succeed with England if he's got a chip on his shoulder..on the other hand, he may not have been the problem at Notts.

    Does anyone know much about him as a person?

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    I always thought his plan was to play for England as opposed to staying in South Africa and aiming for a proteas jumper. Which team does he think he will get along with?

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    I don't think the whole story about Nottinghamshire is known.

    Things were really bad last summer - but as to who's fault that was, I'm not sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    I don't think the whole story about Nottinghamshire is known.

    Things were really bad last summer - but as to who's fault that was, I'm not sure.
    Well, Gallian throwing Pietersen's kit off the Trent Bridge balcony at the end of 2003 wasn't the greatest....


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    The only player keen to be leaving Notts seems to be Pietersen, which makes me suspicious that he's more the problem than anyone else.

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    Pietersen is a winner, which we need some more of in the England team, particularly the ODI team. There's a bit of australian arrogance about him which is good.
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    I just hope he lives up to the hype.
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    Think he has every chance. He's scored runs pretty consistently during his qualification period & was far and away our best batter on the Academy tour last winter. Pity his bowling seems to have gone backwards.

    Looking at it from the outside, I think his colonial self-belief may've rubbed a few of the Notts boys up the wrong way. But it's nice to have a talented player who backs himself in your team. This is majorly tempting fate, but I can't see him being prone to Hick-esque self-doubt.
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    Bearing in mind the England setup have historicly been attrocious when confronted with people who have a bit of a different personality....
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    Historically, not any longer (I hope).

    The whole Nottinghamshire situation hasn't been good with him for some time, and I'm not surprised he doesn't want to stay. There haven't been any problems with him and the England A/Academy teams, so I think it may be just teacup storms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre
    Well, Gallian throwing Pietersen's kit off the Trent Bridge balcony at the end of 2003 wasn't the greatest....
    Yes, but how do we know what provocation there was?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt
    Bearing in mind the England setup have historicly been attrocious when confronted with people who have a bit of a different personality....
    You mean the way Caddick, Harmison and Flintoff have failed under Fletcher?

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    yeah i'd agree with Caddick..he is fairly arrogant. I think the cases of Harmison & Flintoff were more to do with self-belief though & a few technical adjustments.

    Still, Fletcher is building himself a good track record of developing raw talent into world class talent.

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    Historic? Fletcher? I don't think so..

    I was thinking more Illingworth/Devon Malcolm type era...

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