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Surely that, assuming (and I know this is a heavy assumption) that KP does actually get his head down and starts scoring runs in county cricket and makes a serious effort to mediate his problems with Flower and Strauss, it's incumbent on the ECB (who, I'll remind anyone, have not been paragons of virtue in this saga either) to select the best XI, not the best XI amongst players they happen to like?
The ECB and all English fans should be hoping that they don't need to pick Pietersen again, because the people who have replaced him have done their job, and judging by the last test, it's started off well.
Last edited by benchmark00; 21-08-2012 at 06:24 AM.
It's up to them to select the best team, not the best XI, if you catch my drift. It's conceivable that KP may never fit into an English team again. For that reason, think nothing short of a change of management of the English team in addition to the above will see him play Tests again. Which, by the way, ****ing sucks because I love the guy. But, ****, I can't think of any leader in any situation who will take being undermined like KP did lying down and I'd hazard it would mostly have been Strauss's call.
Christ, even Warnie had the smarts to wait until he was safely retired (for, what, a week?) before bagging Flanders and he had support within the team. KP seems right out in the cold cradling his wedding tackle on this one.
I was thinking more in terms of the extent of the humiliation in the climbdown they will expect
Yeah and humiliation from inferior players in KP's eyes which, if Brearley is correct, he won't take to. All adds up to KP never fitting into an English dressing room he isn't The Man in.
Again, let's not forget the freedom a captain tends to get in terms of team balance and selection. Under Mark Taylor, guys he didn't much like (Hayden, Martyn, Kasprowicz, Bichel, Langer) were dead but resurrected under Waugh. Guys he didn't like (Slater, Love, Symonds, Hussey, Warne) were steadfastly ignored or turfed quickly. Can go the other way with certain types; strongly believe without the fanboyism of Taylor and his brother, Mark Waugh wouldn't have played 100 Tests and Ponting has stuck with Symonds and Johnson through thick and (very) thin. The moral; if you're going to be a ****, go to the captain's BBQ's. KP has slit his own throat by dissing Strauss unless, maybe, he thinks Strauss is on the way out.
The whole thing, of course, falls over when it comes to MacGill. Snagged a decent number of Tests but no-one likes that ****.
Last edited by Top_Cat; 21-08-2012 at 04:27 PM.
Nah **** suck a fat one.
do you think the rabid racism of taylor and waugh is why chee quee never played for australia
Brad McNamara @bbuzzmc
Will say this once and then nothing else. Defamation laws quite clear in Aus.be careful.
Cheeqs was stubborn and refused to send them muffin baskets iirc.
he sent some but they were made by his mother so taylor threw them down and burned them
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