8 South African players who turned out to be big players for England
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8 South African players who turned out to be big players for England: England is a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country which is ever so evident in its national cricket team as well. When we take a look at the English team, we realize that there have been many players across the eras who belonged to different countries but yet went on to play for the English side. In the 3rd Ashes Test of the recently concluded Ashes 2015, after 10 years and 139 Test matches, the English side took the field without a player born in Southern Africa.
We have seen that there have been many South African born cricketers who have played for England and have carved out their name in the folklore of English cricket.
Today, let’s have a glance at 8 South African players who turned out to be big players for England:
1. Kevin Pietersen:
In the last decade or so, Kevin Pietersen did things like never ever seen before in the history of English cricket. Yes, we are talking about both his belligerent batting skills as well as his controversial personality. KP has smashed 13,797 runs in international cricket for England and is the leading run-scorer for them across all the formats of the game. Pietersen, the inventor of the Switch-hit led England to many famous Test as well limited overs victory. KP was the Player-of-the-Series in World T20 2010 and was the hero of England’s first ever World Cup triumph. He also has immense contributions in England’s Ashes and Sub-continent Test victories.