Five modern batsmen who have Test century against their nation of birth
#4 Kevin Pietersen against South Africa (Three centuries)
The most stylish batsman to play for England was actually born in South Africa. The fact was immensely popular and later it gave rise to numerous controversies which saw Pietersen and English cricket parting ways. The maverick batsman was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and made his first-class debut in 1997 for Natal.
Disgusted by the racial-quota system in his home country, Pietersen shifted to England, his mother’s country. He served the four-year qualifying period for England and promptly received a call-up in the limited overs team. Pietersen shined on his Test debut in the famous Ashes series of 2005 and soon confronted the nation of his birth.
Kevin Pietersen was incredibly successful against South Africa and struck as many as three Test centuries against his former country. In 2008 home series, Pietersen smacked consecutive hundreds in two Test matches. He scored a brilliant 152 at Lord’s and backed it up with 149 at Leeds. In the fourth Test of the same series at the Oval, Captain KP scored 100 in the low-scoring game and was adjudged as the Man of the Match.Published 13 Oct 2018, 16:45 IST