Pietersen’s problem is a ‘media propaganda’: Murali

Last Updated: Jun 05, 2011, 15:48 PM IST

London: Spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan believes that the much talked about England batsman Kevin Pietersen’s problem against left-arm spin is nothing but a media propaganda.

“I can’t talk about his problem against left-arm spin because I think it is really media propaganda,” a website quoted Murali, as saying.

Pietersen burst onto the international scene against Australia in 2005 and really looked the part, averaging over 50 and smashing ten centuries in his first 33 Tests.

That average is still 48.04, but the hundreds have dried up.

His dismissal by Rangana Herath in the Cardiff Test was the 19th time he had fallen at the hands of a left-arm spinner in 61 innings.

Muralitharan, who has dismissed the South African-born batsman six times, also believes Pietersen can rise again and his problems can be overcome.