St. Lucia (West Indies), Apr.1 (ANI): England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that he misses his wife Jessica Taylor terribly, and has vowed never to stay away from her for 11 months ever again.
"Everybody in the team wants to go home and see their families, but what happens in two weeks is a totally different kettle of fish. I'm going to spend a week with my wife, and that's going to be an amazing week, then go back to work. I won't be without my wife for 11 weeks ever again," Pietersen told The Sun here.
"It's not a case of playing cricket for money. There is money attached to it (500,000 dollars for two weeks of his time at the IPL) but it's an opportunity to improve my game. I'm going to South Africa to learn, and the reason why India have taken cricket to a new level is because IPL has improved so many of their players' games," he said.
Overtly strutting and swaggering, Pietersen is inwardly vulnerable and disarmingly keen to be liked.
He has given the impression that playing cricket in the West Indies was all too much and he wanted to go home.
The outspoken comment that launched this flow was: "Maybe I was a little too honest, but where the honesty came from was frustration. The frustration on two parts: the captaincy in the first half of the winter that didn't go to plan - no victories there. Then coming into the last part also we didn't get a victory.
"The frustration of not winning a game on the tour so far except for that mathematical error on the West Indies part (in Guyana) - that was hell of a frustration."
"And it's the longest time I've ever been away from my wife, that's been playing on me. But what never came out was how desperate I am to win games for England, and me saying I was at the end of my tether last week was not a case of me wanting to leave these shores as everybody said.
I love playing for England, it's a dream come true playing for England and I realize that every day, with a steep learning curve of being a little too honest. What I learned last week was not to be so honest." (ANI)