Lord of the (Cricket) Rings - Return of the KP

Kevin Pietersen

After losing the first T20 International, England's hopes of leveling the series are boosted by the return of Kevin Pietersen.

It was exactly 16 months ago Kevin Pietersen last made an appearance for England in a T20. On that particular day his watchful 62 not out helped England win against a strong Pakistan side. A lot has happened in that time. The timeline of this period in Pietersen cricketing life has enough twists and turns for him to write another biography.

February 2012

Scores back to back hundreds in ODIs against Pakistan.

April 2012

Scores 151 and 42* in the second Test match against Sri Lanka in Colombo to secure an 8 wicket win for England. The win meant England retained the Test No.1 ranking.

May 2012

Fined by ECB for his derogatory tweets about Nick Knight.  "Can somebody please tell me how Knight has worked his way into the commentary box for Tests? Ridiculous"

Scores 80 against the West Indians and then retires from ODIs and is also forced to quit T20 Internationals due to a contractual clause in his ECB contract.

August 2012

Smashes Dale Steyn to all parts on his way to 149 against the South Africans and also records his best Test bowling figures of 3-52. Following the Test which ended in a draw Pietersen suggested the next match could be his last and highlighted differences in the dressing room.
The story behind Pietersen's comments emerged soon afterwards, when it was revealed that Richard Bailey a friend of Stuart Broad created a fake twitter account parodying the England batsman.

Soon afterwards Pietersen was hit with allegations regarding text messages he sent to a few South African players. How anyone gained access to the text messages was never revealed.

England dropped Pietersen for the 3rd and final Test against South Africa after he chose not to reveal details of his private text messages. England lost the test match in his absence and the series 2-0, the first time since 1965.

October 2012

Pietersen is reintegrated into the team for the tour of India. He scores 338 runs at an average of 48, which includes a destructive innings of 186. The innings helped England thump India in the second test to level the series 1-1.

March 2013

Scores 73 in his last ODI appearance for England at Wellington before a knew injury sidelines him for nearly 3 months.

June 2013

Scores a magnificent 177 for Surrey in his first competitive game after injury. 

With the likes of Tendulkar still going strong Pietersen, at 32 has a lot more to offer England. No seat is likely to be empty for his latest comeback as the KP saga continues.

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