Into the Lions’ Den: Who will Kevin Pietersen replace in the Surrey line-up?

12:59 08 May 2012

Kevin Pietersen is available for one Surrey game

Kevin Pietersen is available for one Surrey game

Archant

“It will be exciting to see Pietersen in Surrey colours for only the fourth time in the Championship since he signed for the club late in 2010”

This week sees the return to domestic English cricket of one Kevin Pietersen. He’ll slot into Surrey’s side for the game against Worcestershire this week. Yes, that’s right, he’ll go from playing in the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi (capacity 48,000) with team mates Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene to playing up at New Road (capacity unknown, but until recently under several inches of water).

He’ll be in the side at the behest of the ECB, not because Chris Adams necessarily wants him to play. Having said that, why on earth wouldn’t he want a player whose last First Class innings were 151 and 42 not out against Sri Lanka, and who has just averaged 61 in eight IPL matches?

The question is of course, who will he replace? On the face of it, that should be a no brainer. Mark Ramprakash has averaged 10 from his six visits to the crease this season, with a high score of 24. His latest attempt to recapture some form, for the Surrey second eleven, was cut short on 13 due to a ‘longstanding club commitment’, whatever that means. Rory Hamilton-Brown and Tom Maynard aside, all of Surrey’s batsmen could be considered vulnerable, but Ramprakash is more vulnerable than most. Ultimately though I suspect Adams will give the veteran another crack of the whip, and it’s hard to argue that Ramps hasn’t earned a few chances over his Surrey career.

It will be exciting to see Pietersen in Surrey colours for only the fourth time in the Championship since he signed for the club late in 2010. And I’m sure the players will be itching to get some tips from one of the finest batsmen in the world. I’m just not sure many fans will be welcoming him back with open arms. He has very little connection with the club and by extension the fans. A cursory glance at his Twitter feed tells a story, mentions abound for his IPL team the Delhi Daredevils but not a peep about Surrey’s early season travails.

Pietersen’s not really a Surrey player, and I’m sure he himself would admit that. I enjoy being able to watch a great player turn out for Surrey occasionally but to me he’ll always be an England player, not really one of ours.

Live Blog Transfer Window Live - July 30

 

Latest Stories

12 minutes ago
Fancy somewhere different for dinner? [Photo courtesy of Events In The Sky]

This new Londonrestaurant will put the UP in ‘pop-up’!

Read more
18 minutes ago
The killer shark lurking among the fish in the Islington shop

An animatronic shark was installed in a fishmongers in Islington to scare the hell out of customers and promote unlikely sequel Sharknado 2.

Read more
Lawn moo-ers: The cows take over Bedfords Park on Wednesday 30 July [Picture by Ray Bowler, secretary of the  Red Poll Cattle Society]

A park in Greater London will be using a cutting-edge way to keep its grass short: cows!

Read more

TOP STORIES

Promotions

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the Zoe was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.