Kevin Peter Pietersen, MBE born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa on June the 27th 1980. Kevin made his debut for Natal Cricket Club in 1997 before moving to England to further his opportunities for playing at International level. His English Mother gave Pietersen eligibility to play for England, and after serving a qualifying period of four years playing at county level, he was called up immediately into the England national side.
Kevin made his England Lions debut in 2004 where he averaged 104 in three innings on tour in Zimbabwe and followed this with three centuries in five innings against South Africa in 2005 for the senior team.
His phenomenal talent and self-belief can never have been more evident when he hit 158 on the final day of the last test at the Oval cricket ground in the 2005 Ashes, securing England a first Ashes triumph in 18 years.
He has a highest test score of 227, averages over 50 in test matches, and is one of the fastest ever English batsmen to reach 4000 test runs. His incredible reverse sweep for six off Muttiah Muralitharan at Edgbaston has developed into his trademark switch hit, another element of his game that keeps him in the highest echelons of World Class Batsmen.
In 2009 Kevin became one of the World’s most expensive cricketers in the IPL auction, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 2010 he was named player of the tournament on the way to helping England win the ICC World T20. He was again instrumental in the team effort, hitting 227 In Adelaide in 2010 when England eventually went on to win the Ashes, making him a three time Ashes winner. In 2011 he was auctioned to the Deccan Chargers IPL team.
Off the pitch his passion for sport prevails; wheretime permits watchingChelsea FC play or following Rugby Unionand Formula One.
Kevin is extremely articulate with stories detailing his triumph over adversity, his meticulous training and in-depth preparation, culminating in awe-inspiring perspectives. Kevin is also an ambassador for Barnardos children's charity.