We made Kevin Pietersen answer a question with the word ‘pie’

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We’ve never been so proud.

The Wisden Cricketer requested questions from their readership and we asked: ‘Why haven’t you adopted a comedy English accent, like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins?’

After some thinking out loud, Pietersen concluded that he says ‘pie’ with a northern accent.

Sometimes the stars align and everything goes your way.

In next month’s issue of The Wisden Cricketer, we persuade someone to ask Rob Key whether he minds being followed round by a furtive-looking person in a trilby and sunglasses who watches him through two eyeholes cut into a newspaper. Rob answers that he likes it and wants to make friends with that evasive weirdo.


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  1. You probling questioner you!

    Wizzo version of TWC this month – Dirty Dirk is in there, nice big pic of Hoggy, an Atheist columnette and the rather frightening phrase “a narrow smile creeps over his face” when Michael Vaughan is talking about Michael Vaughan.

    I shall have to stop reading it in WH Smiths and start buying it soon

  2. ‘Pie’ is a very short word, not much room for accent there. How well did the PR person know KP in order to ascertain that this was the word he said in the most ‘northern’ manner? Or is Pie a constant topic of discussion for Pietersen.

    See, I didn’t make a Rob Key/Pie joke once.

  3. Does Pietersens do Scouse – from the look of him I always imagine if he had a northern accent it would be that one?

    Which English accent do you do cider in jrod?

  4. 668, I’ll tell you, as I had to endure it most of this weekend gone.

    Really bad west country accent, à la Hot Fuzz.

  5. Has anyone in history ever pronounced it any other way?

    We move that the word be spelt ‘zoiderr’ from now on.

  6. Sire, being an Essex boy, and talking out of the side of one’s mouth, we do not have the capability for zoiderr.

    Its side-ah.

  7. Have you compared it to the way Alastair Cook says Pie? (In the video of Bell’s Kitchen)

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