Kevin Pietersen is widely regarded as one of the most captivating cricketers ever to play the sport.
In an international career spanning a decade, Pietersen played 104 Test matches, scoring 8,118 runs at an average of 47.28, and in 2013 became England’s all-time leading run-scorer in all formats of the game.
He was part of four Ashes-winning teams, a team to win a Test series in India for the first time in 24 years and was Player of the Tournament in England’s sole ICC World Twenty20 success in 2010.
Known for his audacious shots and attacking prowess, Pietersen even created his own shot - The Switch Hit - whereby he switched his hands to play left-handed; a shot which has since been mimicked by many of the greatest players to play the game.
He burst onto the international scene in 2004 with the England Lions, where he averaged 104 in three innings, before scoring three centuries in five innings against South Africa upon being promoted to the senior England team.
His unbeaten 100 in 69 balls in this series became England's quickest ODI hundred and he later went on to reach 1000 one-day runs in just 21 innings - equalling the great Sir Viv Richards' record.
His flamboyant batting in the historic 2005 Ashes culminated in his memorable 158 at The Oval on the final day of the series to help England reclaim the Urn for the first time in 17 years. His seven sixes in that innings saw him overtake Sir Ian Botham’s English record for most sixes in an Ashes Test.
Pietersen’s standing as a leading player in world cricket, saw him in 2009 became one of the World’s most expensive cricketers in the IPL auction, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
In 2010 Pietersen hit his highest Test score of 227 in Adelaide, as England went on to win an away Ashes series in Australia for the first time in 24 years.
He followed this by scoring 533 runs at 106.60 in England's 4-0 home whitewashing of India, which secured the team the No.1 ranking in Tests.
While playing for England in the 2013 Ashes series, by making a match-saving 113, Kevin became the highest run scorer for England from all forms of the game.
After controversially losing his place in the England side following the Ashes whitewash in Australia in 2014, Pietersen scored a career high score of 355 not out for Surrey as he attempted to earn a recall into the national side.
This summer he has played for Surrey in LV County Championship and St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League. He will once again represent Melbourne Stars at the upcoming Big Bash in Australia.