Admire Australia’s competitive brand of cricket: KP



Sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said one of the things he “loved” about playing in Australia was the competitive brand of cricket played in the country.

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He claimed that if someone has to toughen up his temperament, he should play in Australia and got a first-hand taste of the attitude in the club matches he played in 2001-02 in the country.

“I played a game of club cricket in the first couple of days that I got here (in December), and I remember from 2001-02 in my club season here how competitive Aussies are,” Pietersen was quoted as saying by the Cricket Australia website Wednesday.

“And I’ve known that throughout my Test career and throughout my one-day career, so I knew it was going to be a tough experience here. But if you want to go and play cricket. If you want to toughen up, this is where you come and play.”

This comes as a sharp contrast to what the 34-year-old had written in his book “KP: The Autobiography”, how he would leave Australia as soon as he was done playing cricket stating he felt “like a bat out of hell”.

“When the cricket is done I never hang around in Australia.Once the job is finished I am out of there like a bat out of hell – there’s just too much abuse,” wrote Pietersen.