No room for spoiled brats in team sports

Mike Kilpatrick, Yahoo! New Zealand Sport August 20, 2012, 12:48 pm

We tend to hold our sportsmen and women to higher standards than we hold our fellow sports watchers.

We even use the words 'role model' for those whom can actually maintain those next to impossible standards we expect.

But even by my standards, Kevin Pietersen's supposed text messages to the opposing team are a new low in sport.

Not content with bad-mouthing his captain by using a South African slang word which means the same as the most unmentionable of swear words, he also gave them tips on how to get him out.

Now I have no idea what kind of guy Andrew Strauss is except from my watching him both on the pitch and in his media interviews.

But I would trust Strauss ahead of a habitual offender like Pietersen every day of the week.

The South African-born England star is one of those sports stars who I end up disliking intensely because of their tendancy to put themselves above everyone else.

Pietersen is obviously a very talented player - he has an average of 49.48 in Tests and 41.84 in ODIs - but England did the right thing by dropping him from the current Test against the Proteas.

This comes only a short while after he retired from all forms of one-day cricket but then said he wanted picked for the Twenty20 World Cup after being left out of the squad.

I may be making a leap in logic here, but if you retire from that form of the game I reckon it shouldn't be a major suprise when you aren't picked.

Given the Twenty20 world is still effectively run by the Indian IPL it wouldn't surprise me if his desire to play in the tournament was simply a way of shoring up his playing contract on the sub-continent.

Now despite what you may think, this isn't about egotistical stars. The greatest sportsman that ever walked this earth - Muhammad Ali - is a legendary egotist.

Unfortunately egotists don't work as well in team sports as they do in single competitions. How could they?

When you're putting yourself above your team you're always likely to make the wrong call in the heat of battle.

The truth is England are better off without a self-obsessed star who says the text messages were only 'banter' when they clearly were much more serious.

Arguably, cricket would be better off without him too.

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  1. 10:59pm Monday 20th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    I wonder how many of the people making anti-South African comments love Irene Van Dyk? see we don't have a problem with them and playing for a new country when it's winning games for us do we?

  2. Peter07:25pm Monday 20th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    no one is 2 big for the game, if they cant be part of the team, then the team is better off without them, we saw this in the hurricanes last year, and the result was a far better team ,

  3. Fred07:44pm Monday 20th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Pietersen should never, ever be considered for selection again by any team representing England: Tests, ODI, 20T or tiddly winks. Perhaps he is mentally deficient in his assessment of himself but collectively the players and coaches who really represent England are not deluded by his self-acclaimed star status. And as for SBW, more modest though he is, the ABs must leave him out and concentrate on finding a replacement now, or has SBW been given the nod and the wink to go away and make money while the ABs keep that spot ready for him in 2015 ?

  4. Ricardo08:18pm Monday 20th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    The Poms don't need a tossa like Pietersen. Dump him and get on with the game. Just wish the Kiwi selectors would do the same with some of our Prima Donnas and egotistical prats - in ALL sports.

  5. Russell11:17pm Monday 20th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Putting yourself before the team , would that include S.B.W or will that be overlooked because its rugby. SELCTIVE KIWIS .

  6. 09:15pm Monday 20th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Hugo, has you always been a "doos"or do you take lessons, what has this got to do with the England players apart from Pietersen and Strauss, not much to do with Strauss either. Pietersen is guilty of the lowest form of disloyalty. This is not like a boss at work, this is telling the opposition that there is discord in the England team, coming from an #$%$ whole is in love with himself and is concerned with only himself. Kick his #$%$ out, at the same time we should do it with McCullum.

  7. Pieman07:21pm Monday 20th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Sorry Alan, somebody has to pay the bills through the corparate angle and these two do an excellent job.

  8. none09:35pm Monday 20th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Annaleille you are a doos

  9. none09:33pm Monday 20th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Annaleille you are a #$%$

  10. pat09:40pm Monday 20th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    well said judy anne.. bravo


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