At least some of that swagger was for show. Pieterson writes about being a nervous wreck every time he waited to bat, claiming he (possible TMI alert) sometimes went to the toilet every five minutes while preparing to go in.
‘I’ve fought more with myself in my head then I have fought with any bowler,’ he writes. ‘I can be destroyed before I hit a single ball.’
2. He tried too hard to be English
In an effort to be accepted by England, Pieterson (who was born and raised in South Africa, moving to his mother’s birthplace to further his cricketing opportunities) says he ‘overplayed my Englishness’ at the start of his international career.
‘Getting the three lions tattoo and all that stuff. I tried too hard with all that shit’.
3. Some of the English cricket team were flat out bullies
Largely referring to his last tour of Australia, infamously resulting in only the third 5-0 whitewash in the history of The Ashes, Pieterson writes, ‘A clique choked our team… and Andy Flower let that clique grow like a bad weed.’
‘The dressing room slowly became the territory of the biggest mouths among the bowlers – and a wicketkeeper. They ran an exclusive club. If you’re outside that clique, you were fair game for mocking, ridicule, bullying.’
4. Some of his teammates set up a parody twitter account mocking Pieterson
Former England captain Alec Stewart was told by a source that a popular twitter account, @KPGenius, was set up with the help some several of Pieterson’s teammates, who would allegedly post tweets lampooning Pieterson. When Pieterson was told of the twitter account, he was devastated.
‘I was left feeling isolated and bullied, but nobody seemed too bothered as long as I did my performing-seal routine when I went out to bat.’
5. He didn’t think much of former England coach Andy Flower
Pieterson really lets fly at his former boss, referring to him as ‘contagiously sour’.
‘He could walk into a room and suck all the joy out of it in five seconds. Just a Mood Hoover. That’s how I came to think of him.’
by Kevin Pieterson
The long-awaited autobiography of England’s most colourful cricketer.
The fascinating life story of professional cricketer Kevin Pietersen, MBE, from his childhood in South Africa to his recent experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of international cricket. Kevin was dropped from the England squad in February of this year, seemingly calling time on an international career that began nearly ten years earlier.
The decision puzzled many observers – although the England team had failed miserably in the Ashes tour of 2013-14, Kevin was the tourists’ leading run scorer across the series, and he remains the country’s highest run scorer of all time across all formats of the game.
Kevin reveals all in his autobiography, telling the stories behind the many other highs and lows of his incredible career. Giving readers the full story of his life, from his childhood in South Africa to his recent experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of international cricket, this will be an autobiography that entertains and fascinates readers in equal measure.
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