Steyn and Donald defend Pietersen

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“Kevin had recognised that I was a threat and the way to counter that was to take me on and he got rid of me in two overs”

South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn and legendary South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald both believe the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have made a grave mistake by axing batsman Kevin Pietersen.

Pietersen’s international career seems to be all but over after the ECB stated that he was no longer in their future plans.

“I’d rather have a Kevin Pietersen in my side any and every day,” Donald told Sky Sports. “I still believe there are players out there of great great quality that are a little bit abrasive. We always go upstream, but they are the guys who somehow make the game very special and it’s sad to see.

“I must say it will be very dad to see him not play for England because I still think he has got loads to offer especially at the 2015 World Cup.”

Steyn recalled how Pietersen had smashed him and the rest of the South African bowling attack all over the ground during the Proteas’ tour of England in July 2012.

“I remember bowling to him in the Second Test of the recent tour to England,” Steyn said. “After one-and-a-half overs Graeme (Smith) came running up from slip and said ‘What’s your plan,’ because I think I had gone for almost 20.

“Kevin had recognised that I was a threat and the way to counter that was to take me on and he got rid of me in two overs.

“That was it – I was out of the attack and he continued to swat everyone else around. He was that kind of player.”

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