That’s an exaggerated version of the kind of headline that’s been cropping up after Kevin Pietersen’s interview with the Observer.
It’s a shame that’s the angle that’s taken, because actually Pietersen’s got a lot of sense in him and it gets washed away by all the indignant, semi-xenophobic spitting that results from his continued portrayal as something of a cartoon figure.
Elsewhere in the article, Pietersen talks about the lack of fast bowlers in county cricket, pointing out that the heavy scheduling basically eradicates them. He points out that this isn’t really the best preparation for Test cricket where facing fast bowling is pretty much a batsman’s main challenge.
“You need to play each match like a Test match, instead of up and down the country, playing every day.”
No-one’ll listen to a fine batsman who has an outsider’s clarity in his views on county cricket though, because of the one-note caricature of him that’s always presented.