YOU just cannot keep a talented big man of sport down.
Former England cricketer Kevn Pieterson MBE is lapping up his time playing for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash Twenty20 competition and last week’s derby at the MCG with the Melbourne Renegades drew a crowd of 80,883.
Over here, Lancashire CCC and Yorkshire CCC are ecstatic if they draw 12-16,000 for a Roses game in our equivalent.
Pieterson is now being strongly rumoured down under to be in the second series of the Australian I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, which saw Andrew (Freddie) Flintoff crowned king of the jungle last year.
A family friend also informs and shocks that the series will once again be filmed and shot live in South Africa, whereas our contestants head to Queensland, Australia.
If Pieterson opts to take part, for no doubt a huge six-figure fee, he will be heading to his country of birth and I remember my father sorting him and his wife, Jess – a former Pussycat Dolls singer out with accommodation at former Doncaster Rovers chairman John Ryan’s sea-front home in Cape Town.
He became the father of a little girl, Rosie, ahead of Christmas and that may be the one thing that keeps him from going eating bugs and the like.
The self-confessed Chelsea fan was banned by Qantas over the festive period from wearing flip flops in one of their VIP lounges and has taken a lot of stick for it from his mates.
My friends say he was delighted for Ben Stokes and Johnny Bairstow after their great feats with the bat in the second Test on Sunday and so was every other sportsman in this country.
Finally, and still in Australia, followers of soap Emmerdale may be interested to hear that long-serving actor Kelvin Fletcher (alias farmer Andy Sugden) and his new bride enjoying their honeymoon Down Under were guests of dual rugby star Sam Burgess at his wedding a week last Sunday to writer and model Phoebe Hooke.