August 13, 2012

South Africa in England 2012

'England are brave to drop Pietersen'

Siddhartha Talya

Derek Pringle, writing in the Daily Telegraph, says Kevin Pietersen's exclusion from the Lord's Test is a brave move by England, showing they believe in their team unity even if it means not having the services of their most attacking batsman.

The video, released on Saturday night, reveals much about his confused state of mind. What should have been him taking a minute to apologise unreservedly for texts he allegedly sent to South African players about his team-mates, instead lasted over nine. If he expected the video to make things right between him and his team-mates, why was he still issuing conditions such as “the team must move closer to me as well” before rapprochement can be achieved?

In the Daily Mail, Nasser Hussain agrees with the decision to drop Pietersen and says it is up to him now to think and decide firmly about what he wants to do with his career instead of sending out mixed signals.

In the Guardian, Mike Selvey says Pietersen is left with a lot of repair work after his being left out of the England squad.

Paul Newman, writing in the Daily Mail, suggests Pietersen's reiteration of commitment to the England side are false, something that the ECB have understood, seen in his being overlooked for England in the final Test at Lord's.

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