August 12, 2012

South Africa in England 2012

'Pietersen right to say sorry'

Siddhartha Talya

Kevin Pietersen is likely to get picked for the third Test at Lord's, a sign of special treatment for him, says Steve James in the Telegraph on Sunday. Had he been dropped, it could hardly be deemed to be without justification, James adds.

Apparently Pietersen has agreed to apologise to the team, and that is only right and proper. Flower never lets issues fester. Contractual talk aside, the team equilibrium must be restored immediately. This is a silly, unnecessary and ego-filled distraction. Pietersen got it badly wrong last week. He cannot have everything. It is not all about him. And that is coming from a usually staunch Pietersen defender.

In the Mail on Sunday, James Anderson says the Pietersen episode before the Lord's Test is a distraction the team could have done without.

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