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Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has admitted that he is glad to see former England batsman Kevin Pietersen playing in this year’s Big Bash League (BBL).
Watson is also eagerly awaiting the day when his team, the Brisbane Heat, take on Pietersen’s side, the Melbourne Stars.
“I think it’s a great thing for Australian fans that Kevin Pietersen is still playing the game at a high-quality level,” Watson told brisbaneheat.com.au. “He’s still got a number of really good years left in him, so it’s great for the Stars to be able to get him, and he’ll certainly give the competition that extra bit of a boost to follow on from last year.”
Watson also noted that he would be more than happy to show Pietersen what the city of Brisbane has to offer after the South African-born batsman took to Twitter to say that Sunshine State capital was a boring place.
“Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide & Perth are the only cities that should be allowed Big Bash cricket…BRISBANE – your only entertainment in that city has arrived. Get your kindles out, that’s if kindles have reached there #KPBook,” Pietersen said via Twitter.
In a later tweet to the Heat, Pietersen said: “@HeatBBL goodness me, there’s twitter in Brisbane? Didn’t think there was…might have to be nice now!”
“I think he’s a bit uneducated about Brisbane really,” Watson said while laughing. “He only really knows the bigger cities, even in England, and that’s all he really cares about.
“KP’s a really nice guy – I probably just need to sit down and educate him a bit about my home town.”
Meanwhile, Watson also stated that he should be fit and ready to go when Australia’s “big summer” gets underway following their ongoing tour of the United Arab Emirates, where they are playing Pakistan.
Watson was ruled out of the tour to the United Arab Emirates after he sustained yet another calf injury.
“It’s certainly a very exciting time and it should be a really big summer,” Watson said. “I’ll be fresh going into the season as I wouldn’t have played for about four months, so hopefully I’m going to be fit and firing throughout the whole campaign.”