Matthew Breetzke Plays Like Kevin Pietersen?

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Matthew Breetzke Plays Like Kevin Pietersen?

Kevin Pietersen was a once in a generation player. His aggression, style and flair made him an attractive batsman to watch and he was a certified match winner. When the English public voted on England’s all-time Test XI, prior to their 1,000th Test match, it was not surprising to see that they chose Kevin Pietersen to bat at four. Matthew Breetzke, a young South African batsman, looks up to Kevin Pietersen and is very similar to his idol.

The similarities between Matthew Breetzke and Kevin Pietersen starts with their nationalities. Both cricketers were born in South Africa, but both hold English passports. As a result, these two cricketers have both played cricket in England. Matthew Breetzke spent some time playing in England and even played a few matches for Lancashire’s second XI. However, Kevin Pietersen ended up choosing to play cricket for England, but Matthew Breetzke has now committed his future to the Proteas.

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Matthew Breetzke’s playing style has many parallels to the way in which Kevin Pietersen used to bat. Like KP, Matthew Breetzke is a hard-hitting batsman who is always looking to score and be on the front foot. In an interview with the ICC, Matthew Breetzke noted this similarity and said how he admired how Kevin was not afraid of failure. While he acknowledged the similarities in mindset, Matthew Breetzke denied that there were any similarities in their techniques.

In terms of batting number, Kevin Pietersen was primarily a middle-order batsman but did open for England on a couple of occasions. Matthew Breetzke is an opener by trade and rarely bats in the middle order. Hopefully, Matthew Breetzke goes on to enjoy some of the same success that Kevin Pietersen experienced. Let’s see if Matthew Breetzke can avoid the controversy that KP’s career was surrounded with.

Having said that, if Mathew Breeztke plays like Kevin Pietersen, even close to it rather, he is surely a legend in the making and we will leave it to that.

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