England players clueless about Kevin Pietersen's future

England wicket-keeper Matt Prior (L) lavished praise on batsman Kevin Pietersen’s century and called him a special talent Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 6, 2012

England wicket-keeper Matt Prior has described star batsman Kevin Pietersen as a “special talent” and urged him to retain the national contract which will be offered next month.

Prior said England players are doubtful about Pietersen s future before lavishing praise on the latter as he scored a brilliant 149 runs against South Africa to rescue England in the ongoing second Test.

Prior said, “Kev will do what he wants. You watch a bloke bat like that and you want him in your team, of course you do.

“But the special thing about this England team is that it is a team no single person has done more than anyone else. To have 11 blokes pulling in the same direction is a powerful thing.

“That is not me saying Kevin has not been part of the 11 he s been a big part.

“What I am saying is that he would be a huge and sad loss but the important thing for this team is that, whoever takes his place, all 11 of us pull in the same direction.”

Describing Pietersen as a “special talent”, the wicket-keeper said any team would like to possess a player who can destroy a lethal bowling attack the way Pietersen did.

He was quoted by The Sun as saying, “KP is a special talent and it is fantastic to have someone who can play an innings like that. He made Dale Steyn, the best bowler in the world, look like a regular bowler. The shots he was playing were incredible.

“It s a very interesting talking point but I don t have a clue what Kev is going to do. All I can say is he is a freak, an unbelievable batter.

“My God, you want him in your team. And I m sure South Africa would want him in their team.”