Fans jeer Pietersen as England cricket pariah gets golden duck
Still under a cloud over texts, Surrey batsman is bowled first ball against his old county Hampshire
KEVIN PIETERSEN'S summer went from bad to worse on Sunday when he was booed as he went out to bat for Surrey against Hampshire, and was then roundly jeered for a second time as he made his way back to the pavilion after being bowled first ball.
The Daily Telegraph described his golden duck as "hugely embarrassing". It was his first innings since he was dropped from the England squad over allegations he sent text messages to South African players earlier in the summer.
More details of what the batsman is supposed to have said in the texts emerged over the weekend, and it is now even being claimed that he advised South African bowling coach Alan Donald on how to bowl at England captain Andrew Strauss. He also apparently referred to Strauss as a 'doos', the Afrikaans word for 'box', which also means c***.
"Strauss values loyalty and the passing on of tactical advice about how to take his wicket will have hurt far more than the allegation that Pietersen referred to him in crude Afrikaans," says The Times.
Pietersen is due to meet Strauss along with coach Andrew Flower on Wednesday for what are being billed as 'clear-the-air' talks. However, another South African-born England captain, Tony Greig, believes it may be too late for the batsman.
"If what is being written is correct, he's absolute history and there's no way he'll ever play again," he said, according to The Guardian. "He had character problems back in South Africa, he's not an easy bloke in any team environment, he's not turned out to be a great team man and it's now got even worse."
Certainly his stock appeared to be low with the fans at the Ageus Bowl in Southampton.
"How much of the predominantly hostile reception was down to Pietersen’s behaviour at England level and how much of it can be traced back to his less than harmonious departure from Hampshire two years ago was hard to tell," says the Telegraph. "But, either way, home supporters were especially delighted with his dismissal."