Thursday 9 January 2014 

Pietersen - Kick Him Out, Or Keep Him In?

Kevin Pietersen
Is it time for Kevin Pietersen to be given the cold shoulder by England?
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Yesterday, I asked my followers on Twitter whether, in the wake of The Ashes disaster, whether England should kick Kevin Pietersen out and move on without him.

Pietersen came out earlier in the week and said that he was disappointed not to have scored more runs against Australia (he won't have been alone there) and that he intended to play on, hoping he would be part of the side that takes on Australia again in 2015.

Then, Andy Flower felt the need to issue a statement in which he said that reports in English newspapers claiming he had made an "either KP goes, or I go" ultimatum were 'inaccurate'.

As you can see from the tweets below, Pietersen is a man who divides opinion.

England's most flamboyant batsman, the man who saved The Ashes Test at The Oval in 2005, played a key role in England's 2010 ICC World Twenty20 victory and scored an outstanding match-winning century in Mumbai last year.

Yet the word is that he is not well liked among his colleagues. This is not the first time that stories of a rift between KP and a coach have hit the headlines. Both Pietersen (as captain) and Peter Moores (as coach) lost their jobs in 2009.

So, here's what you said when I asked whether England should kick him out...

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Hi there. My name is Umpire Ted, but you can call me the Furred Umpire. I look after all aspects of the Global Cricket Community.