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    I am not English, I just work here

    says Pietersen.

    "England batsman Kevin Pietersen has sparked a new controversy about his South African connection and British citizenship after announcing ‘I am not English, I just work here.’

    Pietersen’s comments have rekindled the debate over the prevalence of South African-born cricketers in the England set-up, The Daily Mail reports.

    Pietersen, born in Pietermaritzburg in South Africa, will be one of four players from South Africa — alongside captain Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott and wicketkeeper Matt Prior — included this morning in the England squad for the first Test against India at Lord’s which starts on Thursday.

    Pietersen has always acknowledged that he first came to England to further an ambition to play Test cricket, which he could not realize in his native land because of their quota system following the collapse of apartheid.

    But his feelings about which country he calls home have again been called into question following publication of a diary by Australian cricketer Ed Cowan.

    In his book, Cowan writes of an incident involving Pietersen during England’s match against Australia A. According to Cowan, Pietersen ‘was heard to exclaim, as he cast his eye over the lunch buffet: “What the **** is this?” ’ Cowan told him that, being English, he should recognise bread-and-butter pudding when he saw it, to which he claims Pietersen replied: ‘I’m not ****ing English, Eddie. I just work here!’

    Pietersen’s agent, Adam Wheatley has said that Cowan’s claim ‘does not really warrant a response’.

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    So he doesn't consider himself English then. Hmmm................

    On second thought I just actually clicked on the link and it doesn't look too reliable.
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    KP claims he was asked if he said it, said no, and then they went and printed it anyway.

    The Mail is such a piece of **** though, listing Strauss as South African is ****ing dire, ad Prior too.
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    I doubt the truth behind this.I have seen instances when Pietersen admitted how proud he is to play for England.
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    You can't blame Pietersen for having those sentiments though. I mean, I might hold a British passport, as a completely hypothetical example, and go and work in the UK. But I'd never volunteer that I was English, and I would never, ever consider myself as a Pom.
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    He is South African so I don't see the big deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anku31 View Post
    I doubt the truth behind this.I have seen instances when Pietersen admitted how proud he is to play for England.
    And yet he still refers to South Africa as home…Out of all the chicken runners who play for England, KP seems to have the most complex relationship with the Republic.

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    What's wrong with a player claiming that where he was born and raised is his home and where he works is...where he works? I doubt his first 20 or whatever years worth of loyalty would just dissipate because another country pays him to play cricket.

    Cricket is a job ffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    What's wrong with a player claiming that where he was born and raised is his home and where he works is...where he works? I doubt his first 20 or whatever years worth of loyalty would just dissipate because another country pays him to play cricket.

    Cricket is a job ffs.
    totally agree

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    Sounds like the Daily Mail is trying to stir up the racists again, but even if it is true, it shouldn't be acted on. He can still consider himself South African and take pride in the team he plays for.

    It's a bit like school teams, especially if you're originally from another region. You weren't born in your school, or you might have changed schools recently, but that doesn't mean you don't take pride in the jersey/shirt you wear.
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    In other words

    "KP cracks half decent joke rather than slag off Australian bread and butter pudding"

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    Daily Fail bringing the lols.

    No, it is not a "new controversy" because you call it one. No-one else cares, you do not speak for the majority, you hate-filled bull**** peddlers.

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    ed cowan has a book?

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    How many English people here would recognise bread and butter pudding btw? Only place I've ever seen it was a pub I used to work in. Don't reckon it'd be instantly recognisable to those younger than me, but I might be wrong.

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