KP fails again

Kevin Pietersen’s attempts to find some form in South Africa have come unstuck after he was dismissed for a duck on Friday (England 9/4 to win 1st Ashes Test).

The South African-born batsman has gone back to his homeland to play first-class cricket for the KwaZulu Natal Dolphins as he looks to regain his form ahead of this winter’s Ashes series Down Under.

He scored 36 in his first innings against Warriors in Pietermaritzburg in his first match but failed to trouble the scorers against the Titans on Friday, falling lbw for a second-ball duck in testing batting conditions at Kingsmead.

Pietersen’s form has been a worry for the England selectors for quite some time as he appears to be short on confidence and has failed to make much of a contribution with the bat over the past 12 months.

Former Aussie coach John Buchanan has already picked out Pietersen as a possible weak link in the England side and his latest failure will add weight to the argument that he should not be in the side for the first Test against Australia at Brisbane on November 25.

However that seems unlikely, despite the fact that he was not selected for the one-dayers against Pakistan at the end of the summer, as the former Hampshire batsman has the ability to take an attack apart when on top form.

Andrew Strauss will hope to have the talented right-hander back to somewhere near his best when he leads England in the Ashes, with Eoin Morgan the only real alternative if Pietersen’s form continues to dip (Pietersen 100/30 to be top England series run-scorer).

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