England news September 1, 2010

Pietersen apologises for Twitter outburst

Cricinfo staff

Kevin Pietersen has apologised for the foul-mouthed Twitter outburst that followed his omission from England's one-day squad for the forthcoming series against Pakistan, and has set his sights on rediscovering his form during a two-and-a-half week loan spell with Surrey that gets underway with a floodlit CB40 fixture at The Oval on Wednesday night.

Pietersen accidentally broke the ECB's squad announcement embargo on Tuesday afternoon when he posted a message to his Twitter feed declaring: "Done for rest of summer!! Man of the World Cup T20 and dropped from the T20 side too. Its a f**k up!!" Though the message was swiftly deleted, it was inevitably picked up by several of his 38,000 "followers" and circulated around the internet.

"It came out in a way I obviously didn't want it to come out," Pietersen told Surreycricket.tv. "The Twitter thing was a direct message - as anyone who is on Twitter knows, you can send direct messages to your friends, or whoever's following you and you follow them - so I must apologise that it ended up in the public domain, and also apologise for the language I used in it. I would never ever swear on Twitter when going out into the public domain, so this is a big apology, and now it's a case of looking forward what is going to be an exciting couple of weeks."

Although Pietersen was not best pleased at being dropped, he insisted the anger had been a spur-of-the-moment reaction, and that he fully understood the reasons for the selectors' decision, after he struggled to a tally of 140 runs in the four-Test series against Pakistan, with a top-score of 80 at Edgbaston that involved at least four clear-cut chances.

"It was just a mistake," he reiterated. "I hold nothing against the England selectors and the England set-up at all, I was just pretty upset and frustrated with my own form. I've spoken to the coach [Andy Flower], the Twenty20 captain [Paul Collingwood], the chairman of selectors [Geoff Miller], and the managing director of English cricket [Hugh Morris], and they all totally understand. It's onwards and upwards."

Pietersen will be available for two 40-over fixtures with Surrey, as well as two Championship games, and he was effusive in his praise for a club that has stepped in to help both the man himself and his employers, the ECB, after his relationship with his previous county, Hampshire, soured to such an extent that they refused to pick him on the rare occasions that he was released from England duty - not least their victory in Twenty20 finals day at the Rose Bowl last month.

"Surrey have been absolutely amazing, I cannot thank them enough," said Pietersen. "They are a great club with a great history, and some great people who've been very welcoming. There are some familiar faces here and also a dressing-room full of promising cricketers, so I feel pretty good and they've made me feel very comfortable in the rooms already.

"One of the big reasons why I decided Hampshire wasn't the best option for me, was that I could easily do all my training and rehab in London. Hopefully I can repay them by passing on my experience to the younger players, who can pick my brain over the way to do things - and not do things - and also by scoring some runs to get back into some reasonable form, and enjoy a couple of weeks at a fantastic club with some fantastic people."

The most significant matches from the point of view of Pietersen's pre-Ashes rehabilitation are Surrey's final two Championship fixtures against Glamorgan at home and Gloucestershire away. Since making his England Test debut in July 2005, Pietersen has featured in a solitary county four-day fixture, for Hampshire against Somerset at Taunton in May 2008, and he himself admitted that the opportunity for a low-key stint in first-class cricket would be invaluable.

"Any opportunity in the middle is an opportunity I'll grab with both hands, but the two four-day games will be ideal for my preparations," he said. "It's understandable that the selectors would like me to play some four-day cricket, because since my Achilles injury the only four-day cricket I've played have been Test matches, and it's pretty difficult to sort your game when you go into a Test match set-up, if you're not playing at the top of your game. It will be a wonderful opportunity to get back into nick and get ready for a very exciting winter."

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  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    feel sorry

    He should be dropped from the Ashes side just because of hitting a reverse sweep doesn't make him a good player.

  • Eoin on September 3, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    What's the big deal? Is Flower gonna spank him or something lol. HAHAHA ECB Chairman - KP to receive one whip lashing from each member of the ECB for twitter misconduct. Flower - Yes, yes indeed this punishment is quite fitting. lol, just relax geeeeeeezzzzzz!!!!!!!

  • Bala on September 3, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    As previously commented in another article he is most over rated...i don recall a siginificant test innings in last 2 years..he was miserble in SA..luckily he was out of team for Ashes which enabled Eng to regain it...Poor Colly doesn't get his recognition...I am no big fan of IPL but RCB was pathetic under Kp while Colly helped Delhi win few...

    @Maulik: apologies wont help when your actions are in haste..ECB has not allowed social networking by the English team..how the heck he could yell abt his being dropped.rubbish

  • Bharath on September 3, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    I hope this break could give KP a better preparation for the Ashes... he should perform well in Ashes if you people want England to win the tournament... he is a fantastic player...

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Just to clarify my lighhearted comments yesterday for pavankumar88 about the Indian 3rd XI...... Maybe I should have said the Sri Lankan 4th XI! In terms of ability I would rate the subcontinent teams as 1) India 2) Sri Lanka 3) Bangaldesh and a poor 4th Pakistan. But if you're talking mainland subcontinent it would promote the Pakistan team to an Indian 3rd XI. Incidentally what a breath of fresh air Sri Lanka have been in world cricket..... I've spent a little time in Sri-Lanka and they are wonderful honest people and this is reflected in their cricket. We'll (us cricket lovers) all miss Murili and must thank him for all that entertainment!

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    KP is a foreigner and his antics will only speed up his demise. He should contact Panesar, Devon Malcolm and others who were in similar situations. Remember only a short time ago that Panesar was England's answer to their spin bowling crisis, and was dropped like a hot potato.

  • Sharad on September 2, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Gough on KP: "If they don't take him to the Ashes, we might as well just give Australia the urn." That's rich, coming from a man who has lost 11 out of 17 Ashes tests he's played in. A player who doesn't know the worth of winning the Urn talks about giving it away if KP doesn't play. Yeah right. I'd love nothing more the KP making 100s against the Aussies and winning the series but with the kind of form he's in, he's actually blocking a youngsters chances than doing any good.

  • Nathan on September 2, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Peterson should be dropped from the ashes series as well. It was a miracle the English won the series thanks for no help from Pietesen among others. He should pot the bat where is mouth is. The way they are playing I won't be surprised if they come back white washed 5-0. So shut your mouth and play some good cricket and go and find yourself a good caption.

  • Taimur on September 2, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    i completely concur with Arbab and Premasiri...see this is the huge difference: no matter how big a player's name is, his accolades, his former performances, the thing that matters the most is his current form:KP was lacking that.....if it had been the Pakistan, Indian or Sri Lankan cricket board, KP would have survived for another 4 years without being dropped...until and unless the selections are done on pure merit and existential form, you cannot expect a side to be perfectly competitive and until that's the case, there will always be Akmals, Jayasuriyas and Yuvrajs draining on the team.... being dropped temporarily brings you back to the ground and there's enough time to reflect on what went wrong and what needs to be done to reinvigorate the player in you...

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Any one of his class, will react the way he did. Nothing to be taken very seriously. He is a great batsman with proven records. He is best suited for all types of the game. It is unfortunate the English Selectors thought otherwise. Loss of form for a short duration, should not be the sole reason of a player being dropped. We can Australia, they have wonderful policy. Once you select a man, give him the motivation and encouragement when there is a short failure. Just dropping will kill his enthu and to back the right frame of mind will be difficult and takes longer time. We know English selectors did not have a consistent selection policy. Take the case of India, how many players have managed to play despite their continued poor form. People will not forget how many times Vinod Kambili was given chance, despite the fact that he cannot play the moving balls. I pitty KP. Let English selectors, especially G Miller wakes up and picks KP for the Ashes tour.

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