England's Pietersen dilemma August 15, 2012

Pietersen World Twenty20 hopes recede

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Kevin Pietersen's chances of being reconciled to the England set-up and winning a place in their World Twenty20 squad appear to have receded after the ECB and Andrew Strauss confirmed that further discussions between the parties were needed, despite Pietersen's apology for sending "provocative" texts.

Strauss, England's captain and the subject of the allegedly derogatory texts sent by Pietersen to members of the South Africa squad, said "underlying issues on trust and respect" had to be addressed but that this was unlikely to take place until after the third Test against South Africa, for which Pietersen has been dropped. The deadline for England to submit their World T20 squad is Saturday, the third day of the Test, suggesting that Pietersen will not be recalled, as he desires.

After the ECB confirmed the receipt of Pietersen's apology, Strauss said that there were "broader issues" to be dealt with. He called the selectors' decision to leave Pietersen out "brave and very correct", saying that the batsman's presence at Lord's would have been "untenable".

"The truth is a lot has happened over the last seven days," Strauss said. "The England team has been in the news for the wrong reasons. We all want to move forward but there are some underlying issues on trust and respect that don't get dealt with over night and it's going to take quite a long time to overcome those. My personal point of view is that I prefer those issues to be dealt with in private, away from the media, without the help of PR companies and press releases and that is certainly the way I'll be approaching it going forward.

"The apology is a first step, definitely, but there is a lot more to investigate with all of this and in truth if there is a way forward those issues regarding trust and mutual respect have to be dealt with and it is not just a one-way process and we need to deal with those behind closed doors.

"It's been hanging over us since Kevin's press conference after the Headingley Test match. There was a certain amount of relief on Monday that a decision had been made and we can focus on Test. The challenge this week has been to not let it affect us on the field."

Discussions have been ongoing between the ECB and Pietersen's representatives after the batsman was omitted from the England squad for the third Test against South Africa. Pietersen was dropped for refusing to apologise for the texts, which he has now admitted sending, despite the ECB demanding it as a condition of his selection for the third Test.

In a statement, England managing director, Hugh Morris, said: "We are in receipt of Kevin's apology, but further discussions need to take place to establish whether it is possible to regain the trust and mutual respect required to ensure all parties are able to focus on playing cricket and to maintain the unity of purpose that has served us so well in recent years. Critically, those discussions should take place behind closed doors, rather than in the media spotlight.

"A successful conclusion to this process is in everyone's best interests and is required for Kevin Pietersen's potential selection in all forms of the game to be considered. At the moment we have an important Investec Test match to focus on and therefore ECB will make no further comment until such time as is appropriate."

South Africa have publicly described the text interactions as "banter", a word Pietersen echoed in his apology, whilst acknowledging the "upset and tension" the situation had caused.

Pietersen said: "I did send what you might call provocative texts to my close friends in the South Africa team. The texts were meant as banter between close friends. I need to rein myself in sometimes. I apologise to Straussy and the team for the inappropriate remarks at the press conference and for the texts. I truly didn't mean to cause upset or tension particularly with important games at stake."

Strauss has seen the build-up to his 100th Test overshadowed by the Pietersen imbroglio but was diplomatic about having to become involved. Pietersen has been in negotiations over his international workload with the ECB for some time - leading to his now-reneged retirement from limited-overs internationals earlier this year - but until his outburst in the wake of the Headingley Test, Strauss had not been party to the process.

"I wasn't involved in Kevin Pietersen's dispute with the board in any real way but once the players got involved it was very important that I got involved for the very reason that the feelings in the dressing room, the way the players interact with each other, the values we have as a group, are of vital importance to me and I'm not willing to turn a blind eye to that.

"It's going to be a long process. It is not the sort of thing that happens overnight. Unfortunately we have to address this issue. It is not one that we can sweep under the carpet. In order to move forward we need to address these issues head on and try and find some resolution to those.

"It is a broader issue than just the text messages. A lot has happened over the last week or so. It's about trust and mutual respect and any team that operates successfully needs to have that. And that is something we need to work on. It is not between me and him, particularly. The text messages sound like I was involved with it, but it is a broader issue, it is about the team and Kevin and how we interact with each other."

"He is a world-class player, I don't think anyone would deny that, and when he is playing well and everything is happy in the dressing room he is a great asset to the side but that is not where we are right at the moment and I think the selectors made a brave and very correct decision for this particular Test match that he didn't play because without the resolution to the issues that we need to resolve things would be a bit untenable in the dressing room for this game."

England must win the third and final Test of the series in order to defend the No. 1 Test ranking and Strauss admitted the side's preparations had not been ideal.

"It's going to be testing," he said. "As England captain things are sometimes thrown your way in a way that you have not necessarily been prepared to deal with.

"We have to look at the best way of moving forward and quite frankly for the next five or six days it is not going to be in the forefront of my mind. I have to concentrate on my batting and leading the side out in the middle and we will address these issues come the end of the Test match.

"Adversity can bring you slightly closer together. We have seen that before with us on a number of occasions. That is going to be the test of us this week. I have got every confidence that we can win this Test match. This is a great opportunity for us to show some strength and resolve and come through."

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • AnthonyNo1 on August 18, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    KP has done wrong, other members of the England team may have done wrong and ECB have not handled this well - dirty washing everywhere! If the ECB carry on rubbing KP's nose in it - and don't move to mediate and diffuse - it going to get worse - and KP will either be excluded or walk away - leaving England with a 2nd rate team in all forms of the game.

    PS1 - i am not keen on KPs antics - but i am cricket fan and watching him bat, when he on form, is sublime.

    PS2 - Also talented people like KP tend to be mavericks - therefore managing difficult individuals should be in ECBs job description or will loose future players like pedalalo freddy, **** botham, **** lamb, and red baron gower etc.

  • CM1000 on August 17, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Who do you think KP wants to see win at Lords this weekend? That is clearly not a straight forward answer given how completely self-absorbed he is, and therefore to me says he shouldn't be a part of this England team. Although I think SA clearly deserve to win this series the way it has gone so far, I hope England win at Lords so Pietersen can't say "they can't win without me".

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    @ landl47 on (August 16 2012, 12:28 PM GMT) You're spot on there. I've said it myself before. Re the Gayle/WI saga - many of the WI fans blame the board whereas I and probably many other English fans would support Gibson/Gayle. I wonder how these people would react if they were football fans re Man City/Tevez?

  • Charlie101 on August 16, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    There is still a huge way to go in this Saga especially now that the annoucement of the squad can be delayed until tuesday rather than this Saturday. A great scenario would be that we beat SA in 4 days and then KP saga is sorted with Andrew Strauss / Hugh Morris on Monday and he is in the squad on Tuesday . Pigs may have to fly but one can hope.

  • Shan156 on August 16, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    @geedubnz, "ability suggests they belong on the test rankings", that would be conveniently above India, SL, NZ, and WI and just above Australia and Pakistan. Most likely, 2nd place. But, if we win this test, we will continue to stay 1st and I hope you wouldn't mind that, not that it would matter. BTW, are you seriously suggesting that England is blowing up this KP issue so that the focus is away from the cricket - they dd get thumped in the first test but at Headingley, they did reasonably well and the draw was a fair result. So, an evenly fought test that ended in a draw was a thumping to you? Beware as the fans of the test match draw specialists - India - would take offense to that:-) @IndiaNumeroUno, @jmcilhinney has explained what I wanted to say more eloquently. Repeatedly suggesting that the England dressing room is against Bopara merely exposes your warped mind. It is worse than something like the KKR dressing room is against Kallis or the MI dressing room is against Pollard.

  • NaniIndCri on August 16, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    And why exactly is Mr.Strauss involved in T20 selections?

  • bobmartin on August 16, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    I'm afraid there is a bit more to the Sth African influence in this matter than meets the eye. For instance, if as they claim, the texts were simply "banter between team mates", that ignores the fact that the recipients and Pietersen are NOT team mates..Also if the texts were as they say they were... why when this blew up were they deleted from the Sth Africans phones.. Why not simply hand them over to the ECB and this whole thing would have been defused. Even if the texts were deleted immediately after being read, there is still nothing to stop the Sth Africans from revealing their content. Their silence on this matter is somewhat baffling. How "matey" can KP and the recipients be if they won't come forward to defend him.. if indeed he is innocent. Of course it suits their ends to have KP out of the team for whatever reason, so their silence is understandable but it hardly smacks of being the sort of mates I'd want. No smoke without fire as they say.

  • shot274 on August 16, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    The series isnt lost as yet so nobody needs to be dropped!Irrespective of how cucial this test is, the side picked should always be the best XI that the country can field and on cricketing grounds alone.Thats what the paying public expect. Yes KP is a big mouth, churlish,brash, whatever-he is still the one supreme matchwinner in the side.Yes harmony is important but this isnt a sewing circle, its a professional international unit which should be able to iron individual differences if it is in the interest of the team. And KP at 4 is hugely in the interest of the team! Any team!!Any form of the game!

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    @ mosbourne1 on (August 16 2012, 09:02 AM GMT) What exactly are the issues as you see them ? As far as I can see from what I've read , the dropping from tests was purely to do with the content of the texts he sent/allegedly sent and the fact that KP (despite given time to explain/justify/deny the texts) chose not to make any effort to meet with those at the top to resolve the issue. If I was a WI fan , I'd back Sammy and Gibson every time over the snake

  • bobmartin on August 16, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    The more this drags on.. the more convinced I am that Pietersen is a disgrace to the England shirt and should never be allowed to put one on again.

  • AnthonyNo1 on August 18, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    KP has done wrong, other members of the England team may have done wrong and ECB have not handled this well - dirty washing everywhere! If the ECB carry on rubbing KP's nose in it - and don't move to mediate and diffuse - it going to get worse - and KP will either be excluded or walk away - leaving England with a 2nd rate team in all forms of the game.

    PS1 - i am not keen on KPs antics - but i am cricket fan and watching him bat, when he on form, is sublime.

    PS2 - Also talented people like KP tend to be mavericks - therefore managing difficult individuals should be in ECBs job description or will loose future players like pedalalo freddy, **** botham, **** lamb, and red baron gower etc.

  • CM1000 on August 17, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Who do you think KP wants to see win at Lords this weekend? That is clearly not a straight forward answer given how completely self-absorbed he is, and therefore to me says he shouldn't be a part of this England team. Although I think SA clearly deserve to win this series the way it has gone so far, I hope England win at Lords so Pietersen can't say "they can't win without me".

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    @ landl47 on (August 16 2012, 12:28 PM GMT) You're spot on there. I've said it myself before. Re the Gayle/WI saga - many of the WI fans blame the board whereas I and probably many other English fans would support Gibson/Gayle. I wonder how these people would react if they were football fans re Man City/Tevez?

  • Charlie101 on August 16, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    There is still a huge way to go in this Saga especially now that the annoucement of the squad can be delayed until tuesday rather than this Saturday. A great scenario would be that we beat SA in 4 days and then KP saga is sorted with Andrew Strauss / Hugh Morris on Monday and he is in the squad on Tuesday . Pigs may have to fly but one can hope.

  • Shan156 on August 16, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    @geedubnz, "ability suggests they belong on the test rankings", that would be conveniently above India, SL, NZ, and WI and just above Australia and Pakistan. Most likely, 2nd place. But, if we win this test, we will continue to stay 1st and I hope you wouldn't mind that, not that it would matter. BTW, are you seriously suggesting that England is blowing up this KP issue so that the focus is away from the cricket - they dd get thumped in the first test but at Headingley, they did reasonably well and the draw was a fair result. So, an evenly fought test that ended in a draw was a thumping to you? Beware as the fans of the test match draw specialists - India - would take offense to that:-) @IndiaNumeroUno, @jmcilhinney has explained what I wanted to say more eloquently. Repeatedly suggesting that the England dressing room is against Bopara merely exposes your warped mind. It is worse than something like the KKR dressing room is against Kallis or the MI dressing room is against Pollard.

  • NaniIndCri on August 16, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    And why exactly is Mr.Strauss involved in T20 selections?

  • bobmartin on August 16, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    I'm afraid there is a bit more to the Sth African influence in this matter than meets the eye. For instance, if as they claim, the texts were simply "banter between team mates", that ignores the fact that the recipients and Pietersen are NOT team mates..Also if the texts were as they say they were... why when this blew up were they deleted from the Sth Africans phones.. Why not simply hand them over to the ECB and this whole thing would have been defused. Even if the texts were deleted immediately after being read, there is still nothing to stop the Sth Africans from revealing their content. Their silence on this matter is somewhat baffling. How "matey" can KP and the recipients be if they won't come forward to defend him.. if indeed he is innocent. Of course it suits their ends to have KP out of the team for whatever reason, so their silence is understandable but it hardly smacks of being the sort of mates I'd want. No smoke without fire as they say.

  • shot274 on August 16, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    The series isnt lost as yet so nobody needs to be dropped!Irrespective of how cucial this test is, the side picked should always be the best XI that the country can field and on cricketing grounds alone.Thats what the paying public expect. Yes KP is a big mouth, churlish,brash, whatever-he is still the one supreme matchwinner in the side.Yes harmony is important but this isnt a sewing circle, its a professional international unit which should be able to iron individual differences if it is in the interest of the team. And KP at 4 is hugely in the interest of the team! Any team!!Any form of the game!

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    @ mosbourne1 on (August 16 2012, 09:02 AM GMT) What exactly are the issues as you see them ? As far as I can see from what I've read , the dropping from tests was purely to do with the content of the texts he sent/allegedly sent and the fact that KP (despite given time to explain/justify/deny the texts) chose not to make any effort to meet with those at the top to resolve the issue. If I was a WI fan , I'd back Sammy and Gibson every time over the snake

  • bobmartin on August 16, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    The more this drags on.. the more convinced I am that Pietersen is a disgrace to the England shirt and should never be allowed to put one on again.

  • landl47 on August 16, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    It's interesting to me that there tends to be a cultural bias in the way the Pietersen affair is regarded. England fans, who one would think are the ones who would want Pietersen in the side, think the ECB has no choice but to drop him; fans from some other cultures, where individual success is regarded as conferring special status, think the ECB is wrong and he should be in the side no matter what he does (that's obviously a generalization- some from each side have other views). As someone who has quite a lot of experience of captaincy and management, I know that once an individual becomes bigger than the team, there's nothing but trouble ahead.

  • S4CHIN_IS_GOD on August 16, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    There will be lots of changes after this series. When country wins, no 1 thinks of dropping. KP is gone, at 33 he got no chance of gaining respect. He should play IPL and make money and keep his ego to one side. England on other got serious issue. Captain is remarkably disappointed. How on earth hes carrying on? Flower is the man behind success not strauss. Sack Strauss after series. Flower needs young guys before its too late like India, Aus, WI.

  • on August 16, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    what a sport is cricket. Football teams (professional and national) solve more complex problems that that being discussed in a more simple way. But there are a few very important points that worth highlighting...(1) It is a team and not individuals; therefore management should always approach these problems from the context that it should save the team or what is left of it. (2) It is always easy to critically discuss the actions of managers. But like the players on the field they cannot hide like us the fans they must act one way or the other. We have an easy task blame or praise them based on the outcome. West Indian forever.

  • bobmartin on August 16, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    @Posted by John Holmes on (August 16 2012, 09:58 AM GMT) "When a soccer side is in trouble you drop the manager; with a cricket side the captain needs to go...dropping strauss should heve been the preferred option." That would sound like a very measured and intelligent option............ to anyone who knows nothing about the game and even less about what is going on in this saga...

  • on August 16, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    When a soccer side is in trouble you drop the manager; with a cricket side the captain needs to go...dropping strauss should heve been the preferred option.

  • geedubnz on August 16, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Strauss, KP and the rest of the England side are way too big for their boots. They had a few good victories, found themselves at the top of the test rankings and started to (in a typically English way despite the number of ex-pats in the side) believe their own propaganda. This Pietersen thing is a non-issue, and is really just a convenient distraction from the fact that England are getting soundly thumped in this series and will soon be back where their ability suggests they belong on the test rankings.

  • mosbourne1 on August 16, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Partyman, is it that simple? Just Strauss states the trust has be broken between KP and England..regardless how good KP is the team will be better off without him..even if they lose very test from this point onwards..they will still be better of without KP..

  • Jester01 on August 16, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    KP should really now just focus on IPL and maybe afterwards a career in Bollywood. He'll definitely sweep all the DRAMA awards. He's definitely the new Andrew Symonds. The IPL will take his EGO to new heights. SA is better off without him so will ENG.

  • mosbourne1 on August 16, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    I want to ask you relating to your comment Andrew Warren, were the press the ones that sent the text to the SA team?

  • mosbourne1 on August 16, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    i find this all pretty hilarious to be honest, I am an big WI fan and we have had a similar situation with one of our players..It really all stems from the organization, both the West Indies and English cricket boards are to blame.. I know amateur clubs run better..The bodies have to move with technology, either that or ban it all together..something has got to give..perhaps make Kevin Pietersen an example and never let him play again, but then that still doesn't solve the issues here..! I just cant see how they can let KP back in the team..its the one rotten apple scenario..

    Either way I am getting my popcorn ready..this is going to be interesting!!

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    @Chesty-la-roux on (August 16 2012, 08:21 AM GMT) Obviously I don't know that ECB have had no issues with Trott , just like we've not heard of Eng having issues with Cook or Bell etc. Let me rephrase it "We don't hear of any issues with Trott" - Is that OK for you?

  • jmcilhinney on August 16, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    @Xolile on (August 15 2012, 11:54 AM GMT), you're not the first person to say something like that but you're making a bit of an assumption. None of us know all the details so none of us know how much blame should be apportioned to each party but management can only do so much. KP is a grown man with a strong will and he's also quite impulsive. If he doesn't want to be managed then he's not going to be managed. In many workplaces, sometimes people just will not toe the line, even if you bend the line specifically for them, and simply have to be got rid of for the greater good. This may turn out to be one of those times. If so then there is likely to be short-term pain but hopefully it will lead to long-term gain.

  • jmcilhinney on August 16, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    @IndiaNumeroUno on (August 16 2012, 08:06 AM GMT), rubbish. It's your opinion, not a fact. Exactly what evidence do you have that there is even any issue between Bopara and the rest of the team, never mind the fact that that issue is as a result of his heritage not being British? Given how many people have been calling for Bopara to be dropped permanently while England have specifically stated that he is still in their plans even after bailing after the first Test for personal reasons suggest completely the opposite. As for KP, the fact that there are three other SA-born players in the Test team suggest that KP's SA heritage would be no issue at all. If the team as a whole have an issue with KP then it's because of his attitude and nothing else. I reckon that Natal, Hampshire and Nottinghamshire would all back that up.

  • Nerav on August 16, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    @ Zahidsaltin - Could not agree more. Its done now. KP is out of the final test, out of the T20 world cup and his future is bleek. He will play IPL, Big Bash and who ever else is willing to pay him like Andrew Symonds did. Lets move on

  • Charlie101 on August 16, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    I am a big fan of KP and want him back in the side after all these matters are resolved. I can not however understand if he is so keen to play in the T20 world cup why he retired from ODI cricket . He knew the contract rules and signed them and his advisors must have known what the end result would be - No T 20 world cup. This was always going to be the case , no provocative texts or apologies or cancellation of retirement days before the squad is announced will alter this . It seemed he was looking for trouble and he must have known that Andy Flower would not back away. Unfortunately we will lose our T20 crown but we have any good young players so perhaps we can win another year.

  • Chesty-la-roux on August 16, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    JG2704, how do you know "Trott has never had any issues with anyone from ECB and within the side"? I expect that you don't infact know that, and that you are merely speculating.

  • on August 16, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    All this drama could have waited until after the third test, but KP gave a press conference, and when manipulated by the press cordon, naively fell into the trap of saying too much. The press then blew it up out of all proportion, and that is why we have the debacle we have.

    First lesson to learn is - never let KP give press conferences during an international series.

    If I was Strauss I would be fuming. All this drama surrounding his 100th test, and one of the most important tests in his England career, which will determine whether England remain number one in the world. All because Kevin couldn't keep his mouth shut, and the press took full advantage.

  • JRR562004 on August 16, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Little Girls and handbags, this is what the English team has come down to.

  • SL_BiggestJoke on August 16, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    @Shan156... why? its a fact.. you cannot put a positive spin on it unfortunately or hide it under the covers!

  • LindenW on August 16, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    KP acts like a teenager, completely clueless that twitter/texts you post are there for all to see, best thing he could do is bin his mobile and delete his twitter account and start playing cricket, thats his job. ECB and strauss have no alternative other than to drop him, KP your a fool!

  • Vinmu on August 16, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Whats wrong with Strauss.. Dont tell me he would have messaged of joked about Pietersen..Its unbecoming of a captain and getting into details of some silly text looks cheap.Its not like he doped or did something illegal..Strauss is currently misusing his power and is taking it too personal..He is not thinking for englands benefit but just boosting his ego.It has never done good for any party such inquests and it never will.Sorry KP looks like Gayle u will sit out for a long time.

  • Metro-ant on August 16, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Another thing that should be dealt in private is Straussy's position in the test team. At the moment he seems too comfortable about talking of team chemistry and the negative publicity surrounding KP but how about his performances? Not justifying what KP said was understandable but really he is should be focusing on his own performance instead of being luggage in the currently number 1 test team in the world

  • 100_rabh on August 16, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Is it possible for ICC to extend deadline for ICCt20 WC England team selection so that ECB can solve this KP issue. WC would be poorer without KP. Though i dont understand what else KP can do to get back into the team. Strauss still in Eng 11 because he is the most popular member of the team. Without this KP fiasco, i doubt he would have saved his place in the XI after SA series. No doubt in my mind that speaking and acting against KP adds to his popularity in current XI. If i were the captain of my national team, there is no way i would have allowed my best batsman to be ousted from the team for such an imp. game even if he would have abused me in front of opposition, forget those personal texts.

  • Zahidsaltin on August 16, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    ESPNCRICINFO, there is a lot of cricket being played else where too. Is it the only news in the world of cricket. Players vs board problems or situations in dressing rooms arise a lot of other places too but do you cover it like this? People want to read something else about cricket too and not just about England and their problems with imported players

  • Shan156 on August 16, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    @IndiaNumeroUno, that is one of the most disgusting comments I have read in this board and trust me that says a lot. As @JG2704 asks, how come Trott never had any issue? KP too didn't have issues till he had to open his big mouth and send provacative texts about his team mates. And, about Bopara, sorry but I shouldn't even be responding to your post.

  • chaitukash79 on August 16, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    KP is a great player no doubt but like Strauss says - he is a true asset only when he is in the right frame of mind. Like it or not, Cricket is a team sport and everybody needs to be a team player. I really do feel that Strauss is handling this with a lot of maturity. Brilliant or not, the team is definitely bigger than the individual.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 16, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Therefore so do Eng;ands LOL they won't even get into Semi's with current side anyway watch

  • stumpedlloyd on August 15, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    I have to agree with shot274 here. Who gives a flying flip about what KP says on Twitter. Strauss and Co. are acting like kids who've had their feelings hurt. Yes, KP's arrogant and tact is certainly not his forte, but is there another English player who can completely take the game away from the opposition like he does? He treated Steyn with such disdain at Headingley, it was a thing of beauty. Strauss really needs to man up here and not worry about his feelings getting hurt. Geez!

  • allblue on August 15, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    If anyone's played team sport they'll know an essential requirement for a successful team is a harmonious dressing room. You don't have to all be best mates, you don't even have to like each other (in fact a bit of creative tension can even be an advantage), but you must all buy into the team ethos otherwise you're divided and are sunk. People need to stop fixating on the texts because they're not the cause of this, but are a symptom of something that clearly runs much deeper. Every team KP has been in he's fallen out with, it can't always be everybody else's fault can it? England built their recent success on stability and a strong team ethos, they have zero motive for disrupting all that in the face of the formidable SA challenge. KP needs to dump his advisors because they have advised him very badly, and at 32 he needs to grow up. Playing for England is what made his name and his fortune and I'd remind him of the words to the old song "You don't know what you've got till it's gone."

  • shot274 on August 15, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Im a bit lost here! Heres a player with a test average of 50, 20 odd centuries, just saved the last test for you-and management are not sure they can trust him!!!!I couldnt give a stuff what he tweets!Sportsmen gain and loose respect by their performances , not their words.

  • jb633 on August 15, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    @InnocentGuy, Strauss is English he just happened to be born elsewhere. He attented Rdley College and Durham University and has lived here for most of his life. Trott and KP are South African though.

  • crindo77 on August 15, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    @MattyP1979 Proof of England fans obsessed with all things Indian- why bring SRT into this KP-ECB mess? Bad enough washing your dirty linen in public, why drag others into it? As for no love lost for KP from England fans, well, I guess you said it mate. KP 's probably not so paranoid after all. Take it easy, its only cricket.

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    @jimmybean on (August 15 2012, 16:28 PM GMT) I have used the analogy with Ferguson before but it has fallen on deaf ears. I don't like Man U at all but each time AF sold players/moved them on , many thought that we'd see a decline and it never happened. A more recent example is with neighbours Man City and Mancini's handling of Tevez. Tevez was as big a star at City as KP is with England and again CT tried to play the sympathy vote but as with KP , despite the fact the fans recognised how great an impact the player is , most of the fans backed the manager.

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    @Prash Ganen on (August 15 2012, 13:41 PM GMT) Echo your comments totally. The one thing I will however say is that I feel KP is the one batsman we could really do with for this match as we need a player who can push the game forward as we need to win. Another tact could be use 5 bowlers but Eng won't entertain such an idea

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    @Haleos on (August 15 2012, 13:50 PM GMT) Again , I expect no response but what was the score in the one off T20 match we played in India last year. Your batsmen must have been really woeful if you lost to a load of club bowlers. Either that or it must have been a pretty good club they played for

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    @bhshaik on (August 15 2012, 14:43 PM GMT) I'm sure you're extremely proud of your brilliant wit and I hate to rain on your parade but the amount of similar type comments on here is probably 100s if not 1000s

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    @IndiaNumeroUno on (August 15 2012, 14:41 PM GMT) So if this is true , how come Trott has never had any issues with anyone from ECB and within the side? I don't expect you to be able to answer that

  • InnocentGuy on August 15, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    @jb633, Strauss isn't English. He is South African by birth, at least.

  • on August 15, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Okay, I have a ticket to day four at lords, possibly the most importent day (that open to opinion not the point of this comment) , im 16, only get to see england maybe once in a year? I wanted to see the best teams play eachother and the best player play eachother, i wanted to see KP bat (i understand game situation could of meant i dident) i wasnted to see him play, i have seen england twise and never seen them bat. Now i am pissed off taht what is a childish problem has meant are best and most exciting batsmen has been barred from playing and it is assumed he is always in the wrong, when there are other player who should be looked at too, like broad, my favorate bowler, but england seem to lack consistancy, i dont care that KP can be a idiot at time, its his batting im interested in.

  • meenuraghu on August 15, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    It is KP's job to play cricket and he is damned good at it. He should play. I pay good money to watch cricket and don't care about the circus around selection/contracts. All people involved need to sort this out and move on.

  • Kirk-at-Lords on August 15, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    @dabhand: I love Test cricket, and it has been organised for so long amongst nations (+ Windies) that this feature will likely not change for a very long time, if ever. That said, the one thing I really enjoy in T20 tournaments is the mixing of international players. IPL leads in this, and makes it the best of the bunch for mine. Players say this mixing is affecting their outlook on how to play and on how they feel about the sport and their fellow cricketers. Maybe ego and money are tops in the KP dispute, but given his SA roots and playing in an adopted country, perhaps these aspects of IPL have a special attraction for KP. With cricket in so much flux these days, maybe that makes it even harder for KP to be KP without rankling the ECB, who are responsible for maintaining the national identity of cricket. Somehow BCCI at least partially muddled their way past all this with IPL, but ECB thus far has not. This would explain the relatively low status of the English T20 tournament.

  • MattyP1979 on August 15, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    KP on our terms or not at all simple. Let other nations have their boards dictated too by certain players (mentioning no names especially SRT). Nearly all Eng fans speaking in unity about this. Perhaps KP is feared by others more than he is loved by us!

  • dabhand on August 15, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    slogger_john YES kirk-at-lords & jimmybean - best summaries going

    What others seem to be missing is that this is test cricket, country v country and not just franchise v franchise where the loyalties are not to the country but the money.

    Personally I think it's great that SA & England are playing test cricket and I'd have preferred to have seen 5 matches no matter what the results as they do test the ability of a team over 5 days (generally) and not just 20 overs.

  • on August 15, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    why behind closed doors? Wont it will further stoke the fire? or Is it because when Strauss or Pietersen or someone from ECB retires then will write memoirs and make money? Come clean and let us decide as at the end of the day, we have paid hard earned money to make you gentlemen millionaires.

  • JuniorD on August 15, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Those of us willing to pay good money to watch KP play will probably have to wait for the next IPL to enjoy his prowess with the bat. If England win the test starting tomorrow, KP's detractors will no doubt claim long and loud that he is surplus to requirements. If on the other hand England were to lose the match, the very same detractors will blame it all on KP for distracting/demoralizing/dividing the team. So all in all, it looks as if we will not see KP in an England team again. Well, I for one will miss him.

  • jb633 on August 15, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    @Walter- disagree Trott and KP are foreign but Prior and Strauss are English. IMO it depends on your upbringing not just where you were born. And I agree we have relied a lot on Trott and KP but I think the experiment will have a damaging long term impact. The short term has been great, we are yet to see the long term effect.

  • Hira1 on August 15, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    on what basis ECB and Strauss are showing attitude to KP, first they asked him to apologize before saturday so that he can get selected to T20 squad now they want to reconsider his inclusion after this test match...................Better KP should leave England and make money through all premier league and Big bash, he will get more respect and praise there, its just a matter of time when ECB will come back to Pietersen licking their boots to include him into the team again

  • Kirk-at-Lords on August 15, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    @Partyman: Yes, the made-for-media statements and titbits do add fuel to the fire. As you say, it really is time for private talks and the issuing of joint statements when a solution is reached. The South Africans got their part in the dispute right -- they issued a single statement through their manager Dr Moosajee, who said there would be no further public statements forthcoming from SA. This meant that all further discussions with ECB and any others would be private. Now that Captain Strauss has called for privacy, one hopes that ECB has decided to adopt the same sort of approach.

    @KurtZWilliams: The great challenge of social media is that it makes banter & gossip (inside dressing room or out) so public. ECB must devise an effective, enforceable policy around things like Twitter. This could be the best outcome of KP affair.

    @bobmartin: sycophant advisors come with the territory. If ECB want star players, they must find ways to manage them in the presence of such advisors.

  • jimmybean on August 15, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    This whole situation reminds me of what Alex Ferguson did with David Beckham when he thought he was bigger than Man Utd, he sold him at the peak of his powers. The best decision he ever made.Keeping 1 player happy and upsetting 10 isn't sensible management. I hope KP swallows his pride and does the right thing. My money is on him not doing that and letting slip what could have been one of the great test batting records. It's all very sad.

  • Slogger_John on August 15, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    There seems to be a lot of KP love and ECB hate in the some of these posts. Is KP "loved" because he is in the IPL and hence can do no wrong in some peoples eyes?

  • Kirk-at-Lords on August 15, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Captain Andrew Strauss shows wisdom. This will indeed take time to rebuild trust. Hopefully the ECB has a plan for how to establish a worthwhile process to achieve the goal. If not, they need to gather themselves quickly to establish one. They have the responsibility for man management, so it is best for them and the captain to take the lead. If all goes well, KP will cooperate with the process, and represent himself as much as possible. If he has advisers, they ought to be new ones, skilled in the arts of mediation and negotiation. ECB need these sorts of people on board as well. Everyone, including KP, should set aside any expectations of him being in the T20 World Cup. All need to play a long Test innings to rebuild the England team and management to a place where they can gain and defend top rankings.

  • 200ondebut on August 15, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    The Captain of the T20 side followed the parody account on Twitter - which will make integration back into the team diffilcut until such time that he apologises.

  • 158notout on August 15, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    mark_hurst - sorry mate but your viewpoint is a tad narrow. What happens if KP's presence has an adverse affect on the performance of the team as a whole? Sure, everyone has to work with people they don't like, and the England team have been doing that very successfully for the past few years, but when that guy turns around and starts mouthing off then unfortunately his position becomes untenable. ECB have done everything right here so far.

    Hira - I don't think England are "buying time" to be honest. And how would the performance in a Test have any relevance on the World T20? My personal view is he will be in the squad, but there are many bridges to be crossed before that happens. Either way, this Test holds no relevance whatsoever.

    sonu - well as World No.1 Twenty20 team and current holders their hopes must have been pretty high, maybe they have receded as far as simply making the final.

  • shazada1 on August 15, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    KP England don't deserve you. You should play for southafrica and then let them dwell on their loss and South Africa's gain, We shall see how long they then remain in 3 formats as NO 1.

    England management is totally pathetic.

  • switchmitch on August 15, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Unbelievably juvenile by all parties involved...just get on with it people...

  • on August 15, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    @jb33 with that logic the english team will be decimated. Strauss,Trott,KP,Prior in the current squad are what you class 'Imports' then theres the fringe players and the guys comming through the system as well. BE happy they want to play for england(no matter the reason) Englands current standings are mostly thanks to them ;)

  • Charlie101 on August 15, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    @venki_indian Good point and it may be written quicker than we think if the hoped for reconciliation does not take place and he loses his 7 figure central contract money .

  • Joninnorwich on August 15, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    I have long suspected that Pietersen was a bad apple, and said so in various blogs. As far back as when he was made captain, and then in the wake of the Peter Moores issue Pietersen has courted controversy and confrontation. In short he is an unreliable member of the team, both on and off the field. As far as his worth as a player is concerned, he can be brilliant; witness the 149 at Leeds, but how many times has Pietersen given it away playing stupid shots across his legs or taking on the boundary rider fielders just to prove that he can (and sometimes, can't). To me he is no great loss and even though Bopara, Taylor Morgan and Bairstow who will now be fighting to replace him may not have his natural talents, I would back any one of them to be a better team player than KP. Good riddance!

  • wibblewibble on August 15, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    KP in a bed of KP's own making, and yet the overseas fans of KP still lay the blame for this entire process at Strauss and ECBs door. KP does have this knack of totally enraging people he is supposedly closest to. Ask Jason Gallian if he would ever play in a team with KP - the way I see it, KP has alienated others in the England dressing room in the same way. Once might be a mistake, to do the same thing twice is just stupid.

  • bhshaik on August 15, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Well, KP - South African, Strauss - South African & They playing South Africa, so no matter what, South Africa wins

  • on August 15, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Pietersen is a loose cannon, he seems to fall out with team mates and supporters everywhere he's gone. South Africa, Notts, Hampshire and now England, they can't all have been in the wrong. He needs to rapidly learn that life is sometimes about giving something back NOT constantly taking and putting himself first. If he doesn't learn that quickly there will be no road back to the England team for him and no doubt these problems will rear their head at Surrey, Delhi Daredevils and anywhere else he chooses to go to. Shane Warne said something to that effect a few years ago when Pietersen was virtually refusing to play for Hampshire when he could have been available.

  • SL_BiggestJoke on August 15, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Truth is, KP will always be considered a second class citizen owning to his SA roots and no matter what he does or how many times he apologises, he will always be pariah in England dressing room. Similar with Bopara, but bit more worse!

  • ArjunPandit on August 15, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Hey English Players, forget about KP and concentrate on your last Test and level the series and remain No 1. People like KP will come and go but No.1 spot is hard to achieve and to remain at top is very very difficult , it's lonely at TOP., ask Indian team.!!!

  • on August 15, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    how can strauss decide on KP for T20s. it's like Sreesanth deciding about Sehwag to be part of 11 rofl.

  • on August 15, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    KP is the author of KP's downfall. No one else. Management teams that have had to work with KP over his playing career were not regarded as being incompetent, but any management set would struggle with someone who is such a prima donna. Egotists simply don't fit into any work environment, they are disruptive to the point of antagonising management and team mates. I have no doubt that KP is not the cornerstone of this team's success, they have done it despite him. They might or might not be ranked number one , with or without him - that is the nature of things. Irrespective of what happens, KP needs England more than England need him, and it's a pity he was so crassly stupid as to imagine otherwise.

  • on August 15, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Well someone needs ask KP who is responsible for the kind of life that he is living today. Simple question I am the simple answer is ECB. Instead of thanking the ECB for whatever that he was provided with and accommodated to all his demands this is what he gives back to ECB. Agreed KP cant be replaced he is one of a kind but had it not for England he would would have still playing club cricket somewhere in his home town in South Africa. I guess what KP needs right now is little bit of counseling. He is not thinking in the right way. His mind wandering may be he is getting a little insecure about certain things in his life and his career. May be IPl or something else. ECBs job should be to address his state of mind and then chalk out a action plan to KP and come to a amicable resolution hopefully we will see a different KP in years the come if that happens.

  • Haleos on August 15, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    @ sonu77 - They did not have hopes anyway. Their superstar T20 players are a flop in the subcontinent. Even their bowling attack looks mediocre at best. If it does not swing, they are as good as club bowlers.

  • on August 15, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @Mark Hurst. Given your comment I think you should listen to your own advice. If you are stating that KP is the only good player in the England team and he is the single reason why England are #1 then surely they don't deserve to be number 1? a team isn't built on one player. If that were the case perhaps KP should play on his own and forget the rest. If you know anything about Cricket you'd know it was a team sport and that no one person is bigger than the team. This applies to any team sport. KP is a mediocre player who does well occasionally and when he does well the fans get excited and exaggerate his importance. If you recall, who was it that won England the Ashes down under? who was it who helped them beat India? it was mainly down to the bowlers, Trott and Cook. Those were the guys that did the bulk of the work with Prior contributing when needed.

  • sonicattack on August 15, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    @bobmartin - how I agree with you about the 'cult of celebrity' (or 'personalities') and their sycophants, advisers, agents, call them what you will....sadly, they are here to stay but it would be nice if KP actually realised that he had been badly advised and sent them packing, won't happen of course because these kinds of people have ways of making themselves seemingly invaluable. Can't say they've done much for KP recently, tho'...it is such a shame for cricket.

  • getsetgopk on August 15, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Apology received, thank you very much and we'll talk about this after WT20. Till then, go look somewhere else where you are properly 'looked after'!

  • bumsonseats on August 15, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    i think its time to let KP go as far as been selected for england is concerned. hes been a joy to watch. but he comes with baggage. in the close knit confines of a team you have to be all singing from the same hymn sheet, KP for me is not doing that. so it bye bye kevin

  • bobbo2 on August 15, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    I like to watch Pieteson playbut it seems he doesn't think at times. It is correct to drop him if he is constantly causing the team problems.

  • Narbavi on August 15, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    The way i see it, England will use this entire saga as an excuse if they lose this test, which they likely will.

  • Mark_Hurst on August 15, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Totally ridiculous by strauss and ECB. This whole situation stinks of childish playground "he said, she said". Strauss and Flower (and everyone else involved) needs to man up and grow up.

    Quite simply the best 11 players should be playing for england tomorrow - KP is our single best player and has to play. Anyone in the dressing room who does not like KP etc can deal with it or not play.

  • on August 15, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    He should be banned for T20 world cup and give chance to youngsters

  • Venki_indian on August 15, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    when will KP writes his autobiography..it will be interesting for sure :)

  • sonu77 on August 15, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    England World t20 hopes also recede...

  • Hira1 on August 15, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    ECB is buying time to see how England team perform in KPs absence, but the deadline for selecting T20 world cup team is saturday by that time the test will still be in progress.....there is no miracle going to happen tomorrow where England is surely going to loose so better Struass and Andy setup their ego aside and have KP in the team else people memory are too short even those who are blaming KP now will make Struss and Flower look villains of english cricket in the coming days/months

  • jb633 on August 15, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    This whole KP issue is rapidly destroying the Flower/Strauss legacy they have worked so hard to create. How can this be anyone else's fault but KP's. This is not a club game of cricket but an international. By sending out texts during the middle of a crunch series slating the management says all you need to know about KP. Essentially by texting these things to the opposition he has conceded defeat and is waving the white flag to the South African's. As an English fan I am disgusted with this mercenary and hope to never see him in an England shirt again. He is not as good as Cook anyway. This is my huge problem with us investing time and efforts into imports. As they have no real loyalties to the nation, it is in their interest to ditch England when a better offer comes along. Personally I think the ECB should ditch the SA experiment and focus on home grown talent aka (Vince, Hales, Butler, Root, Taylor). Please please never let KP pull on an England shirt again.

  • jjamie15 on August 15, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    The irony in all of this mess is that had Pietersen not retired from ODI cricket, his workload would have been managed by the ECB and they MAY have deemed it suitable for KP to miss the NZ tests and POSSIBLY subsequently to play in the IPL. Whether this would've happened or not, the point is, had KP toed the party line and honoured the contract he signed, it couldn't have been any worse than the current situation and in all likelihood would be significantly better. He is being very, very poorly advised by people around him and he needs to take a look at his social life - Piers Morgan is not someone that I would want to be associated with. What right does Morgan have going on a cricket radio show and aggressively dominating the conversation? His contradictions said it all and embarrassed KP more than any tweets.

    KP needs to get back to why he started playing. He could effectively play two more Ashes series, end up with his 10,000 test runs & still play 3+ years IPL...

  • PrasPunter on August 15, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    I think KP has already lost the respect of his team-mates for whatever he has done. Not sure about the mood in the dressing room in his presence. To save blushes, its high time he looks out for other alternatives . Sadly the team wouldnt be the same anymore for him.

  • on August 15, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Chidish ECB would come out to media and cry that we lost the series because of dressing problems....

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on August 15, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Trouble with mercenaries is you never know who's side they're on.

  • bobmartin on August 15, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Pietersen has always given me the impression that his mouth is too often engaged before his brain is... a sure recipe for disaster As we used to say about such characters in the Armed Forces.. "Thumb in bum ... Mind in neutral". I also guess that like a lot of "personalities" (how I hate that word) he is surrounded by a host of sycophants who are about as much use in the real world as a chocolate fireguard. If anybody is guilty of the mismanagement of Pietersen.. it is those people and certainly not the ECB, who have bent over backwards for him and still appear to be doing so...

  • A_Vacant_Slip on August 15, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    KP is finished. He has blown it. He has not achieved any of the objective he set for himself; to be a "great" batsman, to come and go when he please, to earn a shed load of money, and specifically - to earn respect. He has now lost credibility with his team mate and with England cricket following public in general. Time to end this and move on. Thanks and Goodbye Mr Pietersen.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 15, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    To paraphrase liberally a movie quote: Fans: "Why's KP running Dad?" ECB: "Because we have to punish him." Fans: "He didn't do anything wrong?" ECB: "Because he's the batsman England deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent tweeter, a watchful provocateur... A Dark Batsman." KP as the Dark Knight possibly coming to a theater near you???

  • Narkovian on August 15, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    As this slowly but surely unravels. It seems that the divisions in the ENG camp, which appear to be a division by 10-1 !!!, are deeper than we all imagined. How someone who is clearly so disliked can return to that environment, eludes me. Especially as humility is not really KP's strong point ! All very well to blame bad management, but in some circumstances in any work environment, someone has to go to sort it out.

  • kensohatter on August 15, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    The English Board have set a fine example for other countries to follow. Nobody is bigger than the game and everyone must be held accountable for their actions. This kind of behaviour might be ok if KP was a golfer or tennis player but in team sports nothing is more important than trust and loyalty something which KP has failed his team mates. He may never earn back their respect. This is more important than the amount of runs he may have scored.

  • KurtZWilliams on August 15, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    This continues to look more ridiculous for both parties involved. KP has set himself up nicely by doing the right thing and apologising. If things go wrong tomorrow then ECB will suddenly start to look like children lost in the wilderness; if they go right it is left to be seen if this is another Andrew Symonds affair. I do believe however, that the ECB should make a statement generally to prevent something like this happening again and the punishment which it would involve for both sides of the fence, the provocateurs and the provoked, as they are too many coincidences now for anyone to believe that this was not the spill over effects coming from a clear dislike by some English players of KP, whether they meant to do it or not it is very clear that their outside of the dressing room banter about KP is now becoming public information.

  • disco_bob on August 15, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    An article about KP, It's been nearly 3 hours, I was worried there'd be no update before tomorrow. So how is Tendulkar doing these days.

  • on August 15, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Excellently handled again, ECB. I do hope they have a chat with KP and get the whole England team involved. This should never have gone public - it should have been talked out privately between everyone in a friendly and informal manner. Here's hoping for a positive conclusion!

  • amclean on August 15, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    I was not looking forward to this week after two weeks of pure theatre at the Olympics. Thanks to Kevin P and the ECB for keeping the entertainment going. Even if it rains at Lord's on Saturday I won't be too annoyed - we can always follow this drama on Cricinfo over a few drinks.

  • BellCurve on August 15, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Gibbs was disruptive in the SA set up, and dropped. But Gibbs was also hopelessly out of form at the time. There are not many instances which I can think of (other than Gayle, Cullinan and Dean Jones) where the premier batsman in the side is omitted for political reasons. Is this whole thing not management's fault anyway? They should have seen it coming and prevented this unpleasantness from escalating.

  • AndrewFromOz on August 15, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Pietersen has an ego-driven unshakeable belief that England needs him more than he needs England. We shall soon be referring to him as a "former intrenational cricketer" and a T-20 "journeyman".

  • AndrewFromOz on August 15, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Don't know about "...truly didn't mean to cause upset or tension..." More like "...truly didn't care..."

  • amitgarg78 on August 15, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    So, all you really wanted was to humiliate your best batsman in public? "is it possible..." talk now seems nonsense. Mr. Morris, can you clearly establish that KPs teammates will mend their ways too? I guess public apology is out of question, but will they show decency to apologize to KP in private? For all the bravado, tough talk of teammates, and ECB hard line, English team is poorer without KP and in all respects!

  • Partyman on August 15, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Why does Hugh Morris want to talk to the media again and again? They never learn from their mistakes do they? Just finish all the discussions and both parties issue a joint (and simple) statement. This is ridiculous. All this titbits only add fuel to the fire.

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  • Partyman on August 15, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Why does Hugh Morris want to talk to the media again and again? They never learn from their mistakes do they? Just finish all the discussions and both parties issue a joint (and simple) statement. This is ridiculous. All this titbits only add fuel to the fire.

  • amitgarg78 on August 15, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    So, all you really wanted was to humiliate your best batsman in public? "is it possible..." talk now seems nonsense. Mr. Morris, can you clearly establish that KPs teammates will mend their ways too? I guess public apology is out of question, but will they show decency to apologize to KP in private? For all the bravado, tough talk of teammates, and ECB hard line, English team is poorer without KP and in all respects!

  • AndrewFromOz on August 15, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Don't know about "...truly didn't mean to cause upset or tension..." More like "...truly didn't care..."

  • AndrewFromOz on August 15, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Pietersen has an ego-driven unshakeable belief that England needs him more than he needs England. We shall soon be referring to him as a "former intrenational cricketer" and a T-20 "journeyman".

  • BellCurve on August 15, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Gibbs was disruptive in the SA set up, and dropped. But Gibbs was also hopelessly out of form at the time. There are not many instances which I can think of (other than Gayle, Cullinan and Dean Jones) where the premier batsman in the side is omitted for political reasons. Is this whole thing not management's fault anyway? They should have seen it coming and prevented this unpleasantness from escalating.

  • amclean on August 15, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    I was not looking forward to this week after two weeks of pure theatre at the Olympics. Thanks to Kevin P and the ECB for keeping the entertainment going. Even if it rains at Lord's on Saturday I won't be too annoyed - we can always follow this drama on Cricinfo over a few drinks.

  • on August 15, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Excellently handled again, ECB. I do hope they have a chat with KP and get the whole England team involved. This should never have gone public - it should have been talked out privately between everyone in a friendly and informal manner. Here's hoping for a positive conclusion!

  • disco_bob on August 15, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    An article about KP, It's been nearly 3 hours, I was worried there'd be no update before tomorrow. So how is Tendulkar doing these days.

  • KurtZWilliams on August 15, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    This continues to look more ridiculous for both parties involved. KP has set himself up nicely by doing the right thing and apologising. If things go wrong tomorrow then ECB will suddenly start to look like children lost in the wilderness; if they go right it is left to be seen if this is another Andrew Symonds affair. I do believe however, that the ECB should make a statement generally to prevent something like this happening again and the punishment which it would involve for both sides of the fence, the provocateurs and the provoked, as they are too many coincidences now for anyone to believe that this was not the spill over effects coming from a clear dislike by some English players of KP, whether they meant to do it or not it is very clear that their outside of the dressing room banter about KP is now becoming public information.

  • kensohatter on August 15, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    The English Board have set a fine example for other countries to follow. Nobody is bigger than the game and everyone must be held accountable for their actions. This kind of behaviour might be ok if KP was a golfer or tennis player but in team sports nothing is more important than trust and loyalty something which KP has failed his team mates. He may never earn back their respect. This is more important than the amount of runs he may have scored.