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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen in his recent interview has termed his sacking as a huge ‘favour’ from England Cricket Board (ECB) after the then Alastair Cook-led Three Lions were whitewashed in the 2013-14 Ashes which was held in Australia.
“England did me a favour in sacking me in 2014,” Pietersen told The Sun.
However, the Natal-born top-order batsman Pietersen has further openly thanked the Board, as the decision has worked wonders in his personal life to further save his marriage, according to his own admission.
“It has helped me with my relationship with my kids no end. I didn’t want to be a lousy dad,” Pietersen added.
The 37-year-old right-handed batsman Pietersen has further talked about the struggle when he was the part of England set-up while adding his wife has been a great support to him through a decade.
“For the birth of my son Dylan in 2010 I had to fly back from playing in the Caribbean, see him being born then get a helicopter to Gatwick the next day to play in a semi-final for England,” Pietersen added.
It’s pertinent to mention, England star, who’s father of a two now, has married Jessica Taylor in December 2007 while admitting he has witnessed the toughest phases of a life.
“I was absent. Jess [Jessica] has been a rock to me but we’ve had tough times,” Pietersen remarked.
Pietersen, who had been part of a controversy in the recent past was also dropped out by ECB after alleged fighting with the compatriots during the series Down Under.
“That massive fallout I had with England raised my profile and assisted and enabled me to turn a bad thing into a good thing,” Pietersen further added.
Moreover, Pietersen was also grilled by ECB after texting his friends in South Africa while criticizing Andrew Strauss and couple of his teammates.
“There have been hurdles. I was under the microscope,” Pietersen said.
In 2008, Pietersen was named as Test and One-day International skipper after replacing Michael Vaughan and Paul Collingwood, as ECB aimed to opt for an only leader in both the formats of the game.
While making a startling revelation, Pietersen further said he was bound to reply after being under strict observation which further took a toll on him owing to the busy schedule in the calendar year.
“I was under strict protocols. They tell you where you have be, you have to ask to do this and that,” Pietersen asserted.
However, the explosive batsman admitted the fact while stating he has enjoyed his time while representing England at the elite-level, adding had it not been love, he would not have had made England a base.
“I had the best time playing for England. I wouldn’t live here if I didn’t love England,” Pietersen concluded.
Pietersen represented England in 136 One-day Internationals and 104 Tests. He has scored 8,181 runs at an average of 47.28 in the longer format in 181 innings, and 4,440 runs in 125 innings of 50-over format.
While playing the significant role for England Pietersen across all formats, he has also featured in 37 Twenty20 Internationals in which he amassed 1,176 runs at an average of 37.93.