Former Hampshire man Kevin Pietersen reflects on retirement

Kevin Pietersen called time on his playing career at the weekend after an illustrious 21 years of playing cricket.

Seventeen years were spent in England after making the move from his native South Africa and went on to become one of the nations favoured ever batsmen.

Full of success, runs and controversy sums up how Pietersen spent his time in cricket on a county and international level.

Wearing the number 24, KP joined Hampshire in 2005 and left in 2010 prior to the introduction of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

After that, he would then go onto southern rivals Surrey who play their cricket at the infamous ground The Oval.

The former Ashes winner did say that he realised it was time to leave the game as there was no more a ‘want’ to improve his game.

Pietersen did leave the South Coast on tough terms after Hampshire refused to play the batsman, despite a request from former England coach Andy Flower to get match practice before The Ashes in 2010.

At this point KP had announced he was going to leave the county, in which Hampshire replied that they would stick with playing their youngsters.

He did enjoy successes in the One Day & Twenty20 competitions in a Hampshire Hawks shirt, but enjoyed success on the international playing field also.

Scoring over 8,000 in the Test arena at an average of just over 47, saw Pietersen become quickly one of the most influencial players to play in an England shirt.

Also leading from the front as England won the Twenty20 World Cup in 2010.

KP enjoyed five years playing at The Ageas Bowl.

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