Somerset v Surrey, Taunton, 2nd day August 29, 2012

Pietersen remains silent as Strauss retires

David Lloyd at Taunton

Somerset 42 for 2 trail Surrey 317 (Pietersen 163, Mahmood 4-62) by 275 runs

Kevin Pietersen has not made a habit of helping himself off the field - at least not this summer - and it could be argued that maintaining his recent vow of silence today was counter-productive.

Saying too much has led to Pietersen current state of separation from England. But saying nothing at all here after rain had ruled out any chance of cricket and following Andrew Strauss's retirement speech at Lord's will be seen by some as a bad misjudgment.

The - for the moment, at least - former England batsman has kept his thoughts to himself for a fortnight, and wisely so. Here, though, a short statement praising Strauss's achievements over the years and wishing the ex-captain well for the future would have gone down well. Perhaps he has done that privately and, if so, then fair play to him, but a short public tribute might have mended some fences.

Instead, Pietersen turned down several requests for a TV interview and it was made clear to newspaper and web site journalists that he would not be speaking. Instead, with the rain hammering down, he put himself through a series of shuttle runs on the sodden Taunton outfield.

Marcus Trescothick, Strauss's long-time opening partner at Test level, was happy to chat.

"I wasn't surprised, although I was hoping Andrew would continue as an England player," he said. "I didn't think he would come back and play county cricket once his Test career had ended and the only other scenario I could foresee was him quitting the captaincy while continuing to play Test cricket for a while.

"He took England to No 1 in the world which had been a massive challenge for him and for the ECB, and winning the Ashes away from home would probably be the pinnacle of his time as captain.

"I'm sure he would like to have gone out on a high by beating South Africa and keeping the No 1 ranking but sadly that didn't prove possible.

"I don't believe the Kevin Pietersen issue had any effect on his decision. I'm sure this has been part of his planning for some time.

"We were opening partners for England for a number of years and we became good friends. He was a good guy to share a dressing room with a strong leader. I wish him nothing but the best for the future."

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  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Give the man a break! He's damned if he does, damned if he doesn't at the moment so I think silence was the best option

  • Rayner on August 30, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    KP did the right thing, all fo the england management, players and ECB have said "the matter will be delt with behind closed doors" this clearly means that if KP wants back in he won't be giving too many press conferences in the near future. So please press - don't ask him until he's had the chance to make amends and get his place back int he team.

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    cannot remember seeing anyone down at taunton on monday seeking pietersen's opinion on world events strange that as soon as skysports cannot get a scoop interview they make things up about kevin's "silence" speaking volumes

  • Akshita on August 30, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    @ Yorkshirepudding since 20 july 2011 i.e In the last one year KP has played 25 innings and have scored 4 centuries and two 70+ scores . And this 25 innings includes the 6 innings from horrible tour to UAE in which No english man scored a century . And England after a very successful one year or so reached the no one position in test cricket by thrashing India 4-0 . Does anyone even remember KP was the highest run scorer with two brutal innings of 200 and 175 although India Had a very ordinary attack ,they were the then no 1 test team after all (and no disrespect to Strauss but He was very ordinary as a batsman even against India with a single half century if my memory is ok ) . And I am an Indian fan but I want to see England do well in India , and I definitely want to see KP in India .And more Importantly he is my fav cricketer and i have many friends here in India who are big fan of KP as a test cricketer and we will certainly miss him.

  • Akshita on August 30, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    @ Tigg I awe you an apology for my previous comment . I misunderstood your comment . But I was going through it again so I realized my mistake...

  • Sifiso on August 30, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Honestly, we really do not care anymore about what Pietersen says about anything. So seeing keep his silence is the probably the best thing he could do for all concerned. Even as a South African I would still love to watch him play for England, because the most gripping and worthwhile conversations are the ones he makes with a bat. Hopefully Cook will have chats with Flower to try and get him back in the team as most of us will argue that he is probably the best bastman in their squad at the moment...

  • mahjut on August 30, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    antikato ... he didn't say much with the bat with his first ball duck after leaving the England squad (or maybe it spoke volumes) - why didn't you mention that!?

  • roger on August 30, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    He did his talking with the bat.

    Last man out with 163 at a run a ball.

    You didn't mention that.

  • Andrew on August 30, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    KPs dammned if he does, dammned if he doesn't. There is absolutely (IMO) nothing he could say that would not turn this whole event/announcement into a media circus. The fact is Strauss deserves clean air with this announcement, it is all about him (& should be) when a seasoned campaigner retires. Any "nice" thing that KP could of said would of been thought of as insincere. His best way of a speedy return to the National set up, is a via a low profile.

  • Akshita on August 30, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    @Tigg do u even know whats the meaning of "peoples champ"? People champ is used for someone who is loved by fans and supporters and general public . This has nothing to do with man management skill and interaction skills.

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