Kevin Pietersen was named as England’s new Test and one-day captain on this present day in 2008.
The 28-year-old Hampshire batter had been considered favorite for the 2 roles after Michael Vaughan and Paul Collingwood stood down from their positions the day prior to this.
Pietersen took cost in the course of a collection towards South Africa, as one of many solely gamers who was assured a spot in each purple and white-ball squads.
The South Africa-born batter’s spell as skipper started promisingly with a six-wicket win at The Oval, with Pietersen scoring 100 and selecting up each Player of the Match and Player of the Series awards.
A primary one-day collection as captain adopted instantly after the fourth Test and England ran out 4-0 winners, however the honeymoon interval didn’t final for lengthy because the staff began to slip.
Pietersen led England for less than three Tests and give up earlier than he was pressured out simply over 5 months after his appointment.
He resigned on the night of January 7, 2009, with head coach Peter Moores sacked lower than an hour later. The England and Wales Cricket Board admitted there had been an “irretrievable breakdown” within the relationship between the pair.
Andrew Strauss took over the captaincy and led England to a memorable Ashes victory in Australia in 2010-11 and high spot on this planet rankings.
Pietersen carried on in a taking part in position internationally till February 2014, when England’s administration unanimously determined that their relationship with the then 33-year-old had run its course.