Kevin Pietersen was 17 when he joined the Berea Rovers Cricket Club in Durban, where I was captain. In other words, I have known him for over 15 years.
I can’t comment on the atmosphere in the England change-room, but what I can say is that Kevin is a team man. Just the other day, England were the world’s No. 1 team in Test cricket and Kevin their No. 1 batsman. I may be biased, but it’s obvious he has been made a scapegoat after the Ashes. England say they want to go about rebuilding the team, but all I can say is that they will miss his experience.
It’s true that Kevin has been a controversial character. But at the end of the day, you can never doubt his commitment. It’s not for nothing that he is England’s greatest and most prolific international run-scorer of all time.
Kevin was just out of school and training at the Dolphins academy in 1999. One thing led to another and Clive Rice advised him to move to England. For nine years, he played one memorable knock after another to help his team reach great heights.
I am sure he will continue to play county cricket. He will not go down without a fight. Soon, Twenty20 franchises from the IPL and Big Bash League will make a beeline for his signature. Given that Kevin and I don’t discuss cricket at all, I don’t know what more he can offer to the game. But I have a gut feeling he could take up coaching at some point in the future.
—Wayne Scott was Kevin Pietersen’s first captain and, later, coach at the Berea Rovers Cricket Club in Durban.
He spoke to Derek Abraham