England's Pietersen dilemma August 22, 2012

KP rift may take years to repair - Arthur

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Kevin Pietersen's fractured relationship with the England team will take years rather than weeks to repair if it can be mended at all, Australia's coach Mickey Arthur has said.

The breach of trust inherent in text messages Pietersen is alleged to have sent to his South African opponents during the recently completed Test series, among a myriad of other issues, forced the batsman's removal from the England dressing room. Arthur, a former coach of South Africa, told ESPNcricinfo that in the circumstances England's selectors had no other choice but to drop Pietersen.

"It takes time to mend," Arthur said of the rift between player and team. "They say trust and reputation takes a year to two years to really build, and you can lose it in two minutes. I think that's where they've got to with KP now.

"England have dealt with it in the best possible way. The way they've handled it has been clinical, its been ruthless, it's been very good. It did obviously upset their team a bit, but little Jonny Bairstow came in and got 95 and 54 at Lord's and played really well, another guy steps up to the plate and does the job.

"There's no one guy that's bigger than the team and England must've thought that KP had got to that point. It was tough for them, it was pretty unsettling, but I think they've handled it very well."

Arthur was a bleary-eyed spectator for the Test matches in England, watching the matches on television in his Perth home. He was not surprised by the success of South Africa's bowlers in tucking up Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook from around the wicket, but also lauded Vernon Philander for his adroit use of new-ball swing.

"I know from our last meetings with Cook and Strauss in 2008, we certainly came around the wicket to them," Arthur said. "Morne Morkel has been the one who has created a lot of problems from around the wicket, and that is certainly a line we'd explore to attack [against England]. What Philander did was he swung it, and anybody who swings the ball is going to be a handful.

"You want to try to play with the batsmen's feet, that's why you need to use your bouncer well, use it intelligently, that type of stuff. South Africa definitely did it very well."

Arthur's team are scheduled to be South Africa's next Test opponents in three home matches at the outset of the Australian summer, a prospect now rich with meaning since the winner of the series will be able to lay claim to top spot on the ICC's Test rankings.

"It looks like being another Test championship series and it is a mouth-watering prospect, certainly one I'm really looking forward to," Arthur said. "Our Test side's a really settled unit, to beat South Africa now you've got to play really disciplined cricket for a long period of time and hopefully we can have the preparation and be ready for that when the time comes.

"I know from our time together that the South African guys are a resilient bunch, they enjoy touring together, they're a really good team, a good team ethos going, they're well-led, and very well coached. I think they all believe in their ability now, they believe in their ability to win the big games, and I can't wait for that Test series [in Australia]."

In the meantime Australia have 50-over and Twenty20 assignments in the UAE and Sri Lanka, with Arthur leaving the ODI leg of the tour to his assistant Steve Rixon. Rather than marshal the team against Afghanistan and Pakistan, Arthur will be tuning his plans with George Bailey for the World T20, particularly the nuances of the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo where the Australians will be based for the group phase.

"I'm just clearing my head and getting a good idea in terms of the roles we want to use for players," Arthur said. "There will be a bit of opposition analysis in that, and just getting a real clear head around the way we want to tackle this, have a look at how successful teams have played at Premadasa, study that ground a little bit. I'm suspecting towards that back end of the tournament that the wickets will turn, so I'm just getting all the attention to detail right."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • VillageBlacksmith on August 25, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    "I'm just clearing my head and getting a good idea in terms of the roles we want to use for players," Arthur said..... Still???? Ahhh yes mickey, you leave rsa and they go to no 1... u arrive at oz and they are in freefall... a raft of clueless selections and non selections and zero prospects with you at the helm.. and langer??? well, that's even funnier...

  • satish619chandar on August 23, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Oh woww.. KP making peace with ECB just for NOC and the contract.. It might be true too.. He doesn't have any other reason to make peace actually.. For that to happen after years need to have two factors in it.. 1. KP struggling for money and plead to come back to ECB hands down.. No way with T20 leagues and the crowd bringing capacity of KP.. 2. ECB should struggle to find a reliable player in middle order and with their ego, i don't expect to go to KP.. If it happens, it will happen sooner.. If it doesn't happen now, it won't..

  • YorkshirePudding on August 23, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @Yevghenny, Actually look at KP's stats, he normally gets a ton every 6 innings and when he does he usually gets around 150, however in between this he gets out for low scores, look at this year : 14 ,1,32,18,3,30,150,42,32,13,80,78,42,16,149,12... This is highly inconsistent, at the Oval he really should have gone on from 42 but thought he could smack Kallis into the stands, and it wasnt as if it was a rash shot, he tried it 2-3 times in a row until he got the final nick. while in a calendar year hes not averaged below 40, in a season he has on numerous occasions, with 2010 being his worst season.

  • on August 23, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    australia will be lucky to win a test v south africa, their batting is brittle, i dont rate warner as a test match batsmen, cowan is struggling to make the big runs at test level, they cant settle on a no. 3, watson is struggling with injuries, ponting is a long way past his peak, clarke the only batsmen i/they will worry about, hussey at 6 is past it, haddin also is past it and if wade plays he still hasn't convinced at international level with the bat. Australia though do have a decent bowling attack, hilfenhaus, siddle, pattinson, starc, cummins etc. but faced with quality in smith, amla, kallis, de Villiers they will be asked plenty of questions.

  • __PK on August 23, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    What a load of nonsense, yourself, LillianThomson. This wasn't a private exchange, it was a professional one, regardless of any pre-existing friendship. If you texted sensitive corporate information (eg strategic weaknesses) to friends in competitor companies and your boss found out about it, you'd be justifiably sacked. Exactly the same situation.

  • Meety on August 23, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    @Yevghenny on (August 22 2012, 11:16 AM GMT) - sis you just answer YOURSELF????? @Noball_Specialist on (August 22 2012, 12:39 PM GMT) - absolute classic! Man if they ever took those types of things to heart, they'd never be able to field a team!

  • MattyP1979 on August 22, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    KP has had a huge kick up the backside. I would think he will playing for us in IND if he grovels enough. An undoubted talent but we need him on our terms only. If it is on his terms this would be a detriment to the entire side. Eng don't have the luxury of many 'stars' in their side and focus on a team ethic has meant we have played better than the sum of our parts. KP in or out depends on him.

  • the_blue_android on August 22, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Mickey Arthur, another show pony minting millions off people who have no clue what his real contribution is! Everyone knew that he always played second or third or 4th fiddle to SA players!

  • ElBeeDubya on August 22, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Team spirit is important when you are not doing well. Team Spirit is unimportant when you are doing well. It is as simple as that as the great philosopher Yogi Berra would say. Strauss, for example, got out in the 2nd inns of Lord's Test because of the things that were in his mind as the world's leading psychologist and ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST PAINTER Michael Vaughan OBE observed. When Strauss had a calm mind in the series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka earlier this year, we all knew how well he performed. Equally, Mickey Arthur, the great psychologist and critical thinker, correctly observes that trust is important. If Mickey Arthur had been the Australian coach earlier in the early 2000s, he would have banned Warne for several years for making comments (such as that that Mickey TALKS TOO MUCH??) and we all know how greater a team Australia would have been without Warne.

  • bumsonseats on August 22, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    KP could do all the things supporters says but the thing he could not do was keep his mouth shut or his finger off his mobile. who in their right mind would text message the team hes playing against, it beggars belief. i think authurs comments are what most right minded cricket supporters would think.

  • VillageBlacksmith on August 25, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    "I'm just clearing my head and getting a good idea in terms of the roles we want to use for players," Arthur said..... Still???? Ahhh yes mickey, you leave rsa and they go to no 1... u arrive at oz and they are in freefall... a raft of clueless selections and non selections and zero prospects with you at the helm.. and langer??? well, that's even funnier...

  • satish619chandar on August 23, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Oh woww.. KP making peace with ECB just for NOC and the contract.. It might be true too.. He doesn't have any other reason to make peace actually.. For that to happen after years need to have two factors in it.. 1. KP struggling for money and plead to come back to ECB hands down.. No way with T20 leagues and the crowd bringing capacity of KP.. 2. ECB should struggle to find a reliable player in middle order and with their ego, i don't expect to go to KP.. If it happens, it will happen sooner.. If it doesn't happen now, it won't..

  • YorkshirePudding on August 23, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @Yevghenny, Actually look at KP's stats, he normally gets a ton every 6 innings and when he does he usually gets around 150, however in between this he gets out for low scores, look at this year : 14 ,1,32,18,3,30,150,42,32,13,80,78,42,16,149,12... This is highly inconsistent, at the Oval he really should have gone on from 42 but thought he could smack Kallis into the stands, and it wasnt as if it was a rash shot, he tried it 2-3 times in a row until he got the final nick. while in a calendar year hes not averaged below 40, in a season he has on numerous occasions, with 2010 being his worst season.

  • on August 23, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    australia will be lucky to win a test v south africa, their batting is brittle, i dont rate warner as a test match batsmen, cowan is struggling to make the big runs at test level, they cant settle on a no. 3, watson is struggling with injuries, ponting is a long way past his peak, clarke the only batsmen i/they will worry about, hussey at 6 is past it, haddin also is past it and if wade plays he still hasn't convinced at international level with the bat. Australia though do have a decent bowling attack, hilfenhaus, siddle, pattinson, starc, cummins etc. but faced with quality in smith, amla, kallis, de Villiers they will be asked plenty of questions.

  • __PK on August 23, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    What a load of nonsense, yourself, LillianThomson. This wasn't a private exchange, it was a professional one, regardless of any pre-existing friendship. If you texted sensitive corporate information (eg strategic weaknesses) to friends in competitor companies and your boss found out about it, you'd be justifiably sacked. Exactly the same situation.

  • Meety on August 23, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    @Yevghenny on (August 22 2012, 11:16 AM GMT) - sis you just answer YOURSELF????? @Noball_Specialist on (August 22 2012, 12:39 PM GMT) - absolute classic! Man if they ever took those types of things to heart, they'd never be able to field a team!

  • MattyP1979 on August 22, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    KP has had a huge kick up the backside. I would think he will playing for us in IND if he grovels enough. An undoubted talent but we need him on our terms only. If it is on his terms this would be a detriment to the entire side. Eng don't have the luxury of many 'stars' in their side and focus on a team ethic has meant we have played better than the sum of our parts. KP in or out depends on him.

  • the_blue_android on August 22, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Mickey Arthur, another show pony minting millions off people who have no clue what his real contribution is! Everyone knew that he always played second or third or 4th fiddle to SA players!

  • ElBeeDubya on August 22, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Team spirit is important when you are not doing well. Team Spirit is unimportant when you are doing well. It is as simple as that as the great philosopher Yogi Berra would say. Strauss, for example, got out in the 2nd inns of Lord's Test because of the things that were in his mind as the world's leading psychologist and ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST PAINTER Michael Vaughan OBE observed. When Strauss had a calm mind in the series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka earlier this year, we all knew how well he performed. Equally, Mickey Arthur, the great psychologist and critical thinker, correctly observes that trust is important. If Mickey Arthur had been the Australian coach earlier in the early 2000s, he would have banned Warne for several years for making comments (such as that that Mickey TALKS TOO MUCH??) and we all know how greater a team Australia would have been without Warne.

  • bumsonseats on August 22, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    KP could do all the things supporters says but the thing he could not do was keep his mouth shut or his finger off his mobile. who in their right mind would text message the team hes playing against, it beggars belief. i think authurs comments are what most right minded cricket supporters would think.

  • getsetgopk on August 22, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    @Meety: Great points there regarding Test Championship. To those saying this nonsense of private messages are no business of anyone, well why are we talking about it then? How do we know there were private messages sent to SA players? Did the SA players leaked them or was it KP? Must be one of these two as private messages are private and non should know about it. The south Africans leaked it to the media to get rid of KP and they are worlds top ranking test side and KP deserve to be where he is right now. Those players he thought of as his friends were not his friends after all. And why didn't SA players had mercy on KP by keeping those messages 'private' and let friendship be friendship, KP was their countryman after all. KP is a goner.

  • aurorion on August 22, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Of course Mickey Arthur would back the ECB in this. One, there is an Ashes coming up and he would definitely prefer an English side without their best batsman. Two, like someone mentioned here before, boards are potential employers for coaches, so better keep them happy. This whole KP affair is unfortunate for English cricket: the best player is kicked out while players like Strauss, Swann and Broad who are not performing are kept on.

  • Yevghenny on August 22, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    ashes61, Pietersen's average for a calendar year has never been below 40. Even during his supposed "walking wicket phase" he still averaged nearly as much as most other players in the line up. His stats for the last 2 years also go a long way to making you sound a bit silly when you say him taking on the bowlers hardly ever happens or comes off.

  • Cricket_vs_Football on August 22, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    @Knowledge_Speaks:Very well said

  • Noball_Specialist on August 22, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Wouldn't take that long to mend in Pakistan.

  • Haleos on August 22, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Its not a rift on the surface of earth. Come on ECB sort it out. Can not believe KP alone is responsible for this. He might have a large hand but there would definitely be other players hiding in that dressing room. KP should come all out and name them so that Fans would know whats happening. All this nonsense talks from Strauss. Flower, Arthur etc about a long time to heal thing is nonsense. Look at the greater good. These are professionals and get paid well, they should learn to live with each other and perform for the country. Egos aside.

  • on August 22, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Kinda reminds me of Brian Lara just feels he above and better than everyone and should be treated "special"

  • ashes61 on August 22, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Returning to Lillian's point again, I do feel you may have under-estimated the contribution of the batsmen you mention and boosted KP's contribution. Even without checking any stats (but do so by all means) I'd reckon that Strauss, Bell, Trott & Cook stand up very well against KP's contribution in Tests this last, say, 4 years - and also in ODIs. Although agreeing that KP can be a very destructive player & exciting to watch, he is NOT NEARLY consistently successful in this way. Nor are the others, you may say, but KP's whole reputation is built on destroying oppo attacks - and it just doesn't happen very often! The others are more reliable. The others are BETTER bats. Almost a walking wicket for 4 years, he must have been close to omission on form before now.This idea that he is our best player - let alone the saviour of ENG cricket - is risible. Where does it come from? His talent is not denied but it is far from unprecedented. ENG gave him his big chance, not vice versa. We move on.

  • Yevghenny on August 22, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    @Yevghenny: so England's batting was one dimensional in Brisbane in 2010? They made 500 for the loss of one wicket and Pietersen never left the pavilion! ========== That was to save the test match I believe, after being bowled out for 260 in the 1st innings - there is no flair needed in grinding out a draw, but that is what the top order are best at. But what about chasing a target for victory, or making the opposition captain think about declarations a bit more. Whether you like Pietersen or not, you cannot argue with what England's batting has lost. Pietersen has the ability to take a test away from any side in the world in the space of a session, just look at his innings in sri lanka as a perfect example.

  • Mutukisna on August 22, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Reading an article in the newspapers today, it appears that Strauss is the only one who can save Pietersen's England career. I hope Strauss will be magnanimous enough to forgive KP (equally KP must be contrite!) and bring him back into the team. Just imagine KP and Bairstow at Nos 4 and 5. Bairstow's 50 in the second innings was beautiful to watch and all future Test Match opponents will be shivering in their boots having watched this young Test Match batsman. In addition, if Swann works on increasing his repertoire and the team restore their fielding prowess, England can be well on the road to regaining No 1 and the mace before long.

  • ashlatchem on August 22, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Ravi Shankar on (August 22 2012, 06:56 AM GMT) You say Integrity is the basic quality needed for a team game.... After saying Pietersen had no tolerance for RSA's quota system. Well where is the integrity in choosing one player over another on the basis of skin colour... Sounds a little bit more like 2 words that start with R to me. (1 of them being ridonkulous). LillianThomson on (August 22 2012, 09:27 AM GMT) Spot on and where would the game be without those players. Personally I despise Warne.. (For his non cricketing activities) but feel privileged to be able to have watched him play. Hira1 on (August 22 2012, 10:42 AM GMT) Yup you got it and the only person who could possibly have a bigger ego than KP is Giles Clarke. Honestly think that might be it 4 KP.. :( Anyone else think that Strauss still getting complete backing from Eng despite being woeful for so long (Apart from against the WI's who were even more woeful)is troubling?

  • ashes61 on August 22, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Zoot & Lilian Thomson: Fair points to make but both, to me, seem to under-estimate the value of teamwork & team spirit. Over-used words, I know, & some teams have been successful without seeming to have it, but it has been a huge asset for England since the nadir of 2009, indeed since Hussain & Vaughan turned things round under Fletcher. 1950s/60s Yorkshire always had headstrong egos & still won but suffered serious decline in the poisonous atmosphere under Boycott & have yet even to begin a recovery. Examples such as Surrey under Stuart Surridge, WI under Worrell or AUS under Border are well known, and I'd certainly add to these ENG under Strauss, guided by Flower.There is nothing so wonderful to watch as a team - cricket, football, whatever - succeeding because they are more than the sum of their parts. Conversely, ask any ex-ENG player about their welcome into the team pre-central contracts. Flower & Strauss worked s miracle - one bad apple must not be allowed to destroy it.

  • on August 22, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Mickey Arthur would praise the ECB and Flower, he is a COACH, and keeping in with possible future employers is only reminding them that he is around and backing them to the hilt. They have gone too far with this KP saga, either make a decision now and tell him-AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE CRICKET FANS- what their decision is, but no, they want to make him sweat until central contracts are awarded in September, possibly hoping he will make an 'ill advised move' again before then. Grow up ECB, Grow up Flower, you will not do well without this most exciting vibrant talent , and has been's like Swann [whom all coaches now now how to play] and Strauss are past their sell-by date.

    Shocking interpretation of what constitutes English fair play, this is a case of hanging him out to dry, to strangle him slowly, damaging international cricket by depriving the best talented cricketer. His private texts are of no business to anyone- DATA PROTECTION ACT!

  • Hira1 on August 22, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    ECB probably has decided that they don't let Pietersen in the team and making ridiculous policy against him, one day he is asked to sign document accepting his mistake, next day demanding to publicly apologize, then other day private meeting with strauss to sort out the issues, then asking him to reveal context of his private conversation and what ever KP is doing is just meaningless ..........because the big bosses no matter how much KP tries to reconcile they have decided not to let him in................the egos are getting bigger than any player or team, now media needs to play its role and get KP out of this mess or the game will be without one of the finest cricketer of all time

  • baz72notout on August 22, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    @Yevghenny: so England's batting was one dimensional in Brisbane in 2010? They made 500 for the loss of one wicket and Pietersen never left the pavilion!

  • on August 22, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    dsig3 Flogged by SL 1-1, get your facts right

  • LillianThomson on August 22, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    What a load of nonsense. People don't need to apologise for private exchanges with their friends about their workmates or bosses, and they certainly can't be treated as guilty unless they clear themselves by showing their private SMS messages to their employer. It's outrageous. And if other England players can pick and choose their formats, why shouldn't Pietersen? England had a brief spell at number 1 which was shortlived because apart from Pietersen all their batsmen are severely flawed in terms of technique (Cook, Prior), temperament (Bell and Bopara) or age (Strauss). Flower and Strauss have shown that they cannot meld disparate personalities into a team, and would doubtless have fired Shane Warne, Richard Hadlee and Viv Richards too, each of whom was "difficult". England will be lucky to remain in the top four of world cricket if they fail to get the final four good years out of Pietersen.

  • on August 22, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Wouldn't Mickey just love that? Next time around KP won't be a thorn in the Australian flesh come Ashes ..

  • zoot on August 22, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    The trust and respect aspects of this affair are overdone. Many teams contain players who don't like each other but this does not impact upon the side's performances. The Yorkshire players of Boycott's time appeared to hate each other but they still won and I bet England players have fallen out with each other in the past. KP is far too good to drop. I am reminded of the Jonathan Swift quote, "When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."

  • on August 22, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    KP's dropping was absolutely necessary. He is believed to be a negative element in the dressing room. He is said to have an ego like his height. He seems to carry a grudge at not being given the captaincy. What ekse do you need to drop a person from the team. I am sure Engalnd dressing room will now be a more relaxed place.

    Also I will like to see Swan being rested. His performance was so poor that Monty needs to be brought back in the team if for no other reason than to encourage Swan not to take his place for granted. After all Monty played extremely well against Pakistan, better than Swan who now seems to have become arrogant. Monty is a jovial fellow and extremely good spinner.

  • Yevghenny on August 22, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    England's batting line up is one dimensional without Pietersen. They do not carry the threat of being able to take a game away from the opposition in a session, and they cannot hope to score much more than 300 runs in one day.

  • zenboomerang on August 22, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    @dsig3... Agree about the no.1 ranking... In reality the ranking system is heavily biased on the 2 year cycle which doesn't reflect the 4 year cycle of international cricket... Looking at win/loss ratio's & the next 12 mths, Eng is going to find it tough to stay no.2 while Oz may end up no.4 or 5, meanwhile the Saffa's have the chance to cement their ranking for the next 1-2 years... Swings & roundabouts... Much depends on our batsmen as usual..., Don't really care about rankings, its the standard of Oz Test cricket that is more important to me...

  • Knowledge_Speaks on August 22, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Strauss means Clarke!! Only focusing relations with the Selectors/Managment. No matter if team's performance is effected. KP is Ketich is Gayle

  • SMAmmarSohail on August 22, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Team is better without KP. Only loss is of being No.1 team :-P.

  • on August 22, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    I remember one of my mentor telling me, Trust, Reputation building is something like climbing a hill. Each step climbing is like a day of image building. If you make a mistake somewhere in the process than you will find yourself at the bottom. Pieterson is repulsive, had no tolerance in south africa for their equality policy, had no patience to prove his credentials and claim a place still in SA. No doubt he is one of the most talented cricketer but there is somthing called values in life which should not be compromised. Integrity is the basic quality needed for a team game....

  • dsig3 on August 22, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    I would prefer if KP plays against us. He is a fantastic player but he is a team distraction at times aswell. Plus, I enjoy watching him bat, even as an opponent. Trott, Cook, Strauss are enough to put any fan off cricket.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 22, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    I am sure Mickey is loving the situation. He would rather face an England side minus KP. The Aussies too must be chuckling to themselves at the whole mess.

  • Ross_Co on August 22, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    @D-Ascendant - everybody outside England & all true cricket lovers in England would really like it if the 'England' wasn't full of cricketers produced by other countries. Full stop.

  • dsig3 on August 22, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    @disco_bob I agree that it will be strange if we become No.1 in the world if we beat SA, but your winge is a bit rich. England have not been the best team in the world since the ashes when they again rested on their laurels just like after 2005. Flogged by Pak, then SL with a couple of wins against WI does not mean you were the best team in the word. While you lost everything after the ashes, we won alot of test matches with a loss to NZ and to SA our only blemish. Get over yourself mate. You guys have let yourself down big time, dont blame rankings.

  • Odeti on August 22, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    He is the only reason the series didn't end in 3-0. England will be England team of 2006 now without him

  • Percy_Fender on August 22, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    The Kevin Pietersen story is the saddest chapter of English cricket. As yet that is. There has never been any cricketer from England who had the kind of hubris that Kevin has. His problems with the ECB is most unfortunate for cricket and I wish things are resolved soon enough.The Australians who fear Kevin like no one else are using Twitter to advice the ECB on what needs to be done to resolve the issue.But in reality they are all chuffed up and betray their real feelings over Pietersen's exclusion in the process. For them it is the summer of 2013 and the Ashes has already been regained ! It is amusing really to an outsider like me.But the ECB needs to resolve this matter by accepting that Kevin Pietersen is incredibly talented even if perversely egoistic who could be invaluable against the Australians. Not just his game but his whole persona will eat into Australians who practice sentences to sledge their opponents. Kevin has shades of Viv Richards and England must not be denied.

  • imtiaz-ahmad on August 22, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    I agree wd Mr. Arthr, but playrs of KP calibr shld b handeled carefully by ECB coz i dnt thnk there is any replacement of KP in all forms of the game.

  • xylo on August 22, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    "Our Test side's a really settled unit"... what?

  • Meety on August 22, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    @disco_bob - I agree with what you're saying. I agree with the term PROVISIONAL number 1, however, I am happy for teams to have bragging rights in the interim. I think there does need to be a review of how the rankings work, as I believe the lopping off of results creates massive adjustments that don't reflect the actual current performance, (particularly the recent adjustment in ODIs). Hopefully, the Test Championship is not too far away, which could lend weight to a #1 side, IF they were to win (or at least come 2nd). I'd also like to have a Test Title Belt like in Boxing, which has been tracked from the very first Test match ever, I think the Saffas are now the holders, so if you are the Test Champion, the cureent #1, & hold the Test Belt, you'd be the UNDISPUTED champions of cricket.

  • mvkk on August 22, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Haha...Mickey is planning ahead...He is doing the work for the next ashes, and supporting England to get KP out of the team. Just like the pre planning he is doing for World T20, he is doing the work for the ashes...

  • yoogi on August 22, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    As an aussie, I dont think he would like to see petersen in the next Ashes.

    No surprise, that as an Indian, I would like to see petersen not playing for england is a good sign because, England gets weaker, IPL gets stronger. Good for India and bad for England.

  • on August 22, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Are these comments genuine?

    Arthur was a former SA coach and KP was born and brought up on SA before migrating to England due differences he faced in SA.

    Also KP was one English batsman who has thrashed SA bowling attack over a period of time.

  • disco_bob on August 22, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    There's a lot more wrong with England that will take more time to repair than the slightly overblown problems with Pietersen whose man management by his captain coach and board must be non existent. The number one spot in Test cricket, should be provisional for two years after being gained due to the unweighted scoring system unless it is seriously revamped. If Australia were to win the home summer tests, that would elevate them to number one but that would not make them the best team in the world.

  • DouglasJSnr on August 22, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    English team minus KP will be easy for Aussies to handle, isn't it Mickey

  • Meety on August 22, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    Interesting interview. I suppose I'd of preffered that Arthurs didn't buy into the KP debate, but the question was probably put to him. This article was really good from the 6th paragraph onwards when discussing Cook & Strauss's weaknesses.

  • D-Ascendant on August 22, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    I'm sure you're really like it if the rift is repaired well after the three Ashes series... won't you, Mr. Arthur?

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  • D-Ascendant on August 22, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    I'm sure you're really like it if the rift is repaired well after the three Ashes series... won't you, Mr. Arthur?

  • Meety on August 22, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    Interesting interview. I suppose I'd of preffered that Arthurs didn't buy into the KP debate, but the question was probably put to him. This article was really good from the 6th paragraph onwards when discussing Cook & Strauss's weaknesses.

  • DouglasJSnr on August 22, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    English team minus KP will be easy for Aussies to handle, isn't it Mickey

  • disco_bob on August 22, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    There's a lot more wrong with England that will take more time to repair than the slightly overblown problems with Pietersen whose man management by his captain coach and board must be non existent. The number one spot in Test cricket, should be provisional for two years after being gained due to the unweighted scoring system unless it is seriously revamped. If Australia were to win the home summer tests, that would elevate them to number one but that would not make them the best team in the world.

  • on August 22, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Are these comments genuine?

    Arthur was a former SA coach and KP was born and brought up on SA before migrating to England due differences he faced in SA.

    Also KP was one English batsman who has thrashed SA bowling attack over a period of time.

  • yoogi on August 22, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    As an aussie, I dont think he would like to see petersen in the next Ashes.

    No surprise, that as an Indian, I would like to see petersen not playing for england is a good sign because, England gets weaker, IPL gets stronger. Good for India and bad for England.

  • mvkk on August 22, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Haha...Mickey is planning ahead...He is doing the work for the next ashes, and supporting England to get KP out of the team. Just like the pre planning he is doing for World T20, he is doing the work for the ashes...

  • Meety on August 22, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    @disco_bob - I agree with what you're saying. I agree with the term PROVISIONAL number 1, however, I am happy for teams to have bragging rights in the interim. I think there does need to be a review of how the rankings work, as I believe the lopping off of results creates massive adjustments that don't reflect the actual current performance, (particularly the recent adjustment in ODIs). Hopefully, the Test Championship is not too far away, which could lend weight to a #1 side, IF they were to win (or at least come 2nd). I'd also like to have a Test Title Belt like in Boxing, which has been tracked from the very first Test match ever, I think the Saffas are now the holders, so if you are the Test Champion, the cureent #1, & hold the Test Belt, you'd be the UNDISPUTED champions of cricket.

  • xylo on August 22, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    "Our Test side's a really settled unit"... what?

  • imtiaz-ahmad on August 22, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    I agree wd Mr. Arthr, but playrs of KP calibr shld b handeled carefully by ECB coz i dnt thnk there is any replacement of KP in all forms of the game.