On Pietersen - Simon Wilde
Simon Wilde has been the cricket correspondent of the Sunday Times since 1998. He is the author of numerous books, three of which have been shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize. He ghosted David Gower’s memoir, An Endangered Species, and was the author of Ian Botham: The Power and the Glory. He lives in Hampshire.
Date: 17th July 2014
Despite being exiled by England, Kevin Pietersen is never far away from the headlines and this new book by Simon Wilde is a 'revealing and sympathetic' portrait of the Surrey and Delhi Daredevils cricketer.
Fewer players generate as passionate views as the South African-born former Nottinghamshire and Hampshire batsman.
As the man who introduced the switch-hit to international cricket and played a brand of cricket that helped England rise to the top of the Test rankings and win the ICC World Twenty20, his talent was undeniable.
However, as this book explores, he was also good t getting into trouble, falling out with England coaches Peter Moores and Andy Flower, having his reign as England captain cut short after just five months and then finally sacked as an England player earlier this year.
Simon Wilde attempts to answer key questions behind Pietersen's fascinating career.
Was he really accepted in England?
How much did the loss of the England captaincy affect his subsequent actions?
What makes him tick?
And why is he such a divisive figure?
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