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Kevin Pietersen
Full name: Kevin Peter Pietersen
Born: June 27, 1980, Natal, SA
Teams: KwaZulu-Natal, Natal, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire

Kevin Pietersen was one of the biggest stars to emerge from the England cricket team's recent Ashes triumph against Australia.

But casting aside the hype and the haircut, what is the man whose batting helped put the Aussies to the sword really like?

CBBC's Sportsround caught up with him to get a glimpse of the real KP.

ON BEING AN INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER

I enjoy the outdoor life. Whenever I have to dress up for a function in a collar and tie, I hate it. I feel claustrophobic.

The outdoor life is my passion, it's my hobby, and yes it's my job, but I love every single thing about it.

There are not too many people who can wake up loving their work every single day. I think we're pretty fortunate.

ON BEING AN ALL-ROUNDER

I'm going to be working really hard to become an all-rounder. I'm an off-spin bowler and I know I've been lazy.

KP's TIPS FOR PLAYING SPIN
  • Have quick feet
  • Try and play them off the back foot
  • Don't be afraid to come out of the crease
  • It gives England an extra dimension so it's just a case of trying to improve.

    I've spent a heck of a lot of time on my fitness, on the mental side of the game and on my batting, but it is about time I spent some time on my bowling.

    ON WHY HE DECIDED TO PLAY FOR ENGLAND

    There are a lot of reasons. The selection in South Africa is not merit-based.

    There's something called the quota system which assists the disadvantaged in South Africa, where a certain number of players need to play in certain teams.

    WHAT IS A QUOTA SYSTEM?
    The quota system was brought in to give more opportunities to black South African cricketers after years of Apartheid
    Under this system, a team is asked to field a certain number, or quota, of black players
    Opponents say selecting players based on race rather than ability can affect the quality of South African teams
    Those in favour recognise that the system helps redress the years when black players weren't allowed to play for their country

    It works in all teams and it's gone into the workplace, it's gone into business, it's gone into sports.

    It doesn't give white people the fair opportunities they should have.

    So I saw my opportunities in the UK, where selection is merit-based. I'm a British citizen and I've been over here for five years and it's the best decision I've ever made.

    To begin with it was difficult. I was 20 years old and I came over here with no friends and no family, so I had to make do with what I had and still try to make a professional career out of it and be successful.

    It's been a rough ride and a learning curve, but I think I've come out of it a well-rounded person.

    ON THE REAL KEVIN PIETERSEN

    I'm a sociable kind of bloke. I enjoy having a good time with my friends. I'm a hyperactive person, I'm always up and about.

    Kevin Pietersen and Caprice
    I don't go out and party with my friends if it's detrimental to my cricket
    Kevin Pietersen
    I can't be by myself, I have to be with other people. I never watch movies, I can't go and sit in the cinema.

    I get fidgety when I'm sat around doing nothing. All my patience is levelled into my cricket.

    You have to be mentally tough and focused and that's who I am on the cricket field.

    Once I'm out there I'm drilling myself into doing everything professionally and the best that I can.

    I love what I do and I'm very professional. I always give myself the best opportunity to be successful. Hard work breeds success.

    I don't go out and party with my friends if it's detrimental to my cricket. I'm fully focussed with my training and fully focussed with my play.

    ON BRINGING ATTENTION ON HIMSELF

    My hair doesn't make me play cricket any differently!

    Just because I've got a stupid haircut or diamond earrings, it's not going to make me cover drive a ball any differently.

    It doesn't make me talk any differently to somebody and it doesn't make me do anything differently to anybody.

    Yes, you get the attention and yes, people say you put pressure on yourself.

    Personally I do it because I like it. I don't do it because I want to be somebody. Who else walks around with a stupid haircut like mine?




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