Kevin Pietersen with the Silver Bat (Photo credit: Pro Cricketers’ Assn Twitter)
Aug 23, 2013
Star England batsman Kevin Pietersen on Friday was awarded a Silver Bat during the lunch break of Day two of the fifth Ashes Test match at the Oval for becoming the highest run-scorer for England in all forms of the game.
Pietersen who made his debut for England in November 2004, has scored 13,320 runs in 267 international matches for England. He surpassed the previous record held by Graham Gooch during the fourth Ashes Test at old Trafford.
The South African-born Pietersen, who has been embroiled in numerous controversies over the years with the England team, tops the list followed by former England captains Gooch and Alec Stewart.
Pietersen was noticed at the international stage during the historic 2005 Ashes Test where he played crucial knocks to add value to the team’s total on more than one occasion.
Even as brushes with administrators and frequent tiffs with former players and teammates have continued, Pietersen has gone on trample over records in all formats of the game. He reached 1,000 ODI runs in 21 innings, tying for the fastest with Viv Richards. He got to 2000 in 45 innings, joining Zaheer Abbas at the top of the list.
Here is the list of England’s all-time top run-getters across formats