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5 memorable innings of Kevin Pietersen

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Pietersen has been one of the most effective top order batsmen for the team

Kevin Pietersen, the legendary English batsman said goodbye to cricket. He has been one of the most effective batsmen England has ever witnessed.

His presence on the field always added glamour to the game and has been a remarkable top order batsman in all the formats of the game.

Pietersen has played 104 Test matches in his career and scored 8181 runs at a sensational average of 47.28.

He has scored 35 half centuries and 23 centuries in his Test Career. His highest test score was 227 against Australia in the Ashes 2010-11.

Pietersen has also played 136 ODIs and scored 4440 runs at an astounding average of 40.73. His ODI best score is of 130 against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

We all are aware about the hard-hitting skills of Pietersen. His T20I statistics clearly reflects about his aggressive batting. He has played 37 T20Is and scored 1176 runs at a thunderous strike rate of 141.51.

He has scored over 30000 runs in his professional career which consists of numerous centuries.

Let's have a look at five of his best innings.

#5 227 vs Australia (2010)

227 is the best test score for Pietersen
Pietersen's 227 powered England to a comprehensive win over Australia

It was the second test of the Ashes 2010-11. The first match had ended in a draw and Andrew Strauss and co. was looking forward in order to grab the first victory.

Australia had batted first and were bowled out for 245 which gave England a slight lead in the game.

England were out to bat with their head high but lost the wicket of their captain in the early stages of the innings.

Strauss was in a splendid form at that time and thus an innings was required which could take England to a strong position.

The job was done by the partnership of Pietersen and Alastair Cook (148) for the fourth wicket.

Pietersen moved on to score 227 runs which took England to a very strong position. England won the match by an innings and 71 runs. Pietersen was adjudged as the Man of the Match.

Later on, England won the Ashes 2010-11 by 3-2.

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