Somerset v Surrey, Taunton, 2nd day

Pietersen remains silent as Strauss retires

David Lloyd at Taunton

August 29, 2012

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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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Posted by   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

Posted by Selassie-I 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by Akshita29 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.

Posted by Akshita29 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...

Posted by TsoroM 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...

Posted by 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!?

Posted by antikato 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.

Posted by Meety 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.

Posted by Akshita29 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.

Posted by ThirteenthMan on (August 30, 2012, 9:30 GMT)


Don't chew until you have pulled your tongue back! I hope I read it right.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (August 30, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

The old Addage, if you have nothing good to say dont say anything probably springs to mind, it also possibly indicates the animosity between the two players.....@Akshita29, the problem with KP is that his destructiveness only comes off in about 1 in 10 innings recently (2009+), with 6 tons in 68 innings, compared to his earlier days where he was scoring tons at 1 in 5 (17 in 83 innings).

Posted by Hira1 on (August 30, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

Media is too much biased against KP..........if he speaks its a problem and if he don't its a problem too. He knows even if he speaks praising Strauss media will portray in a different way, so good thing KP didn't speak any thing...will only do when he go as a media person in the world T20

Posted by veerakannadiga on (August 30, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

Pretty bad to be in KP's boots at present. He is damned if he speaks out, he is damned if he keeps silent. "To Be or Not To Be"

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

Well done KP.....silence is the best solution,right now what ever he says is held against him,so why risk all this.

Maybe this is the best opportunity to hand over the T20 Captanicy to KP........ who else is better than him, that could take this role right now in the England Team?

Posted by bluebillion on (August 30, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

I cant believe this article. Now David Lloyd reprimands KP for staying quiet! Unbelievable. He apologises twice and gets flak for it. Now he shuts up and still gets flak for it. I am sory but I belive KP has done the right thing by not giving TV interviews which might have started with the question "How much do you think you were responsible for Strauss' retirement".

Posted by JRR562004 on (August 30, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. It would be better if the journo's left him alone and concentrated on Strauss and his wonderfull acomplishments as one of the best captains England has ever had.

Posted by Tigg on (August 30, 2012, 7:23 GMT)


Please don't ever call KP the peoples champion. A lot of words can be used to describe him and his cricket: talented, brash, exciting, match-winning. However 'for the people' doesn't.

Besides he's already shown he is poor at man mangement and player interaction.

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 30, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

Wished he gave some tribute kind stuff to Strauss, his captain. But whatever KP says will make news. Look, even his silence :-) Better fro him to be quiet and mind his own job.. That would do bring some peace to his restless days..

Posted by Webba84 on (August 30, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

Keeping quiet now is the first intelligent thing KP has done in this whole affair.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

@phoenixsteve: Bang on to that mate!

Posted by phoenixsteve on (August 29, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

Hey guys I've just had the solution come to me? Cook is the new test captain right? So why not push Broady up to ODI captain. That would leave it clear for a new T20 captain.... Kevin Pietersen! All those who don't like him and don't want to play with him can stand down. We could have a brash and exciting T20 campaign led by the peoples champion! At least we might win something in one format - albeit a meaningless one! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by ashes61 on (August 29, 2012, 21:19 GMT)

Yes, a very mischievous report and a mischievous question for the reporter today who failed to get a quote from Pieterson and so changed tack to the rather more provocative "Would you like to pay tribute to Strauss's career?" In the present circumstances, with all parties trying to keep comments behind the scenes, KP was correct to offer no comment. However, that is just about all I can bring myself to say in support of that man.

Posted by Akshita29 on (August 29, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

Whats wrong with these media people. Can't they leave the poor guy alone . He is bit of a fool bt one of the finest and probably the most destructive batsman ever to play for england . I believe he is doing the right thing by keeping it quiet . He should let his bat talk from now one. And plz no more columns damning the poor guy . Just leave him alone.

Posted by bumsonseats on (August 29, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

pity he could not have kept his mouth shut when it needed to be kept shut or better still his fingers still. hope the new captain decides he dont want him either, then when hes not under contract he can talk, text till his hearts content.

Posted by JG2704 on (August 29, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

I thought KP could have said something like "Despite recent events , I do wish Strauss all the best for the future" and left it at that. Short and sweet and simple. To be fair to KP , I think he was caught off guard - How often do we all act differently to how we wished we acted when we're caught off guard? - and also the media have a habbit of not leaving the other matters alone and probing further. As the article says , maybe KP will make a few comments either publicly or privately re Strauss. I hope he has

Posted by crashed on (August 29, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Well done KP sometimes saying nothing is saying everything.

Posted by Interzod on (August 29, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Whilst I firmly believe KP dug his own grave this article does more than many to put him in even more of a no-win situation. I think he was right to let it go. I didn't notice a press conference from any other players lamenting the retirement of Strauss so why should KP have to make any sort of announcement?

Anyway I imagine part of the terms of reconciliation with the ECB is a media blackout for the king of (fragile) egos just to see if he is serious. I hope he is.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

Leave the poor bloke alone..

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

OH MY WORD!! What do you people want from KP??? He just can't win!! I think someone needs to write some sort of guide book for this poor man so he knows when it is and is not appropriate to speak and what the right thing to say actually is!!

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

I don't blame KP for keeping quiet - he was in a lose-lose situation. At least he has allowed Strauss the headlines for a day - if he said anything (no matter what) it would only be seized upon by the media and fuelled a few more columns.

Posted by SICHO on (August 29, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

Give the poor guy a break! If he talks, he's in trouble, If he doesn't talk, he's still in trouble. What more do you want from him?

Posted by crindo77 on (August 29, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

England will now take its rightful place among cricketing nations. No 4.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

seriously, people need to leave KP alone, he is damned when he speaks out, damned when he doesn't. Even if he had praised Strauss today people would have moaned at him for some reason

Posted by lee_man on (August 29, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

KP is a cricketer, not a politician. If talking gets him into trouble then he's right not to say anything. It would have somehow been misconstrued anyway. Way to go KP!!

Posted by NaniIndCri on (August 29, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Oh come on now, Is there anything that KP does that is right? All blame goes to him whatever happens. Strauss lost his form hence retired, why should KP comment on that? What should he do next, Lick broad's feet? Really silly some of the people saying KP issue made Strauss retire, did you see his average for last two years? Funny boy Vaughan even went to extent of saying Strauss left the ball from Philander because of KP issue. I mean how silly can you more be?

Posted by amitgarg78 on (August 29, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

This is a no win situation for KP. Praise Strauss and be damned as a fake given the "text gate" and don't praise Strauss, be damned as a traitor with blood on his hands. Wise move KP. If only you had done this in that post match conference...

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

Good grief; KP can't win for losing. If he'd said something, he'd probably be castigated. Now he hasn't said something and he's still in trouble.

Posted by Kentheavenonearth on (August 29, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Yes, poor judgment again I'm afraid. Yes, Strauss should have shown a little sophistication and got him some time off in May, and the ECB management should not be doing an arsenal ostrich and treating game changers exactly like all the rest. But someone should have told KP to fire his agent 'adviser'a long time ago TOO LATE I see England drifting around 3rd in an average few years of international cricket. Thank G for the county championship.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

Wow, you must REALLY hate Pietersen. Had he spoken, he would have been called a hypocrite; now that he chose not to, he is branded ungrateful. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't!

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