Peter Oborne

Against the Grain

The Awkward Squad: Rebels in English Cricket

By John Lucas

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The timing of this book could not be happier. It deals with rebels and subversives who have sought to undermine the cricketing establishment. This summer English cricket has been convulsed by the case of one such individual. Kevin Pietersen is unquestionably the most brilliant and charismatic English batsman of his age, but he has very publicly refused to conform to the expectations of the England team’s management. Should he have been brought back into the team to play Australia? Almost everyone has a view. For some, Kevin Pietersen is a romantic genius, for others a selfish brat.

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