England's Pietersen dilemma September 6, 2012

Cook turns attention to Pietersen

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Alastair Cook will turn his attention to being involved in deciding the future of Kevin Pietersen over the coming days after his international season drew to a close with the final ODI against South Africa.

At the moment, Cook is still due to play for Essex in their final Championship match of the summer against Yorkshire but, for the next month, hands the captaincy of England over to Stuart Broad for the Twenty20 series against South Africa followed by the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

Before that tournament starts it is expected that England will announce their Test squad for the series against India, which starts in mid-November, rather than wait until the team returns from Sri Lanka. The most pressing issue for Cook is the situation involving Pietersen and whether he will be welcomed back into the fold after his very public issues over the summer.

Pietersen is believed to have already met with Andy Flower, the team director, to start the process of trying to solve the stand-off with further talks expected to be held shortly, which is when Cook, who replaced Andrew Strauss as Test captain last week, is likely to become involved.

"I haven't really been thinking about it too much, with the one-day series on," Cook said after the final ODI at Trent Bridge. "Over the next couple of weeks, it's certainly an issue which we as the ECB will have to get resolved. It is a situation which does need to get resolved. There is stuff which needs to be talked about behind closed doors. That will happen."

Flower took a break for the deciding one-day international and is due to link back up with squad ahead of the first Twenty20 international in Durham on Friday. With Cook not involved in the T20I set-up, and the final round of Championship matches taking place next week, there is precious little time for everyone to get round a table together with Pietersen before England fly out to Sri Lanka next Thursday.

Although Pietersen is the dominant subject in the current discussions he will not be the only issue Cook and Flower will need to ponder ahead of the daunting prospect of four Tests in six weeks in India, although Cook is fairly sure what form he wants the squad to take. "I'm pretty clear," he said. "Over the next few days we have to sit down."

Jonathan Trott is expected to be fit despite being diagnosed with a broken finger in his right hand, which has ruled him out for three to four weeks. However, another issue confronting Cook, Flower and the selectors is the likely absence of Ian Bell from the Mumbai Test, with his wife due to give birth.

That is in addition to having to fill the vacancy at the top of the order left by Strauss' retirement. A number of players have been mentioned - Nick Compton, Michael Carberry and Joe Root most strongly - plus the option of moving either Trott or Bell up the order.

Jonny Bairstow can expect to be included after his successful return to the team while James Taylor, who made his debut at Headingley, will also be in the mix for a middle-order spot. Ravi Bopara, though, could well find his awful one-day series with the bat against South Africa has put paid to his Test aspirations, although having an Essex team-mate as captain could yet prove useful.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 9, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta on (September 08 2012, 14:42 PM GMT) Are we doing past players too? I presume so with Ahktar's inclusion. In which case how about Gilchrist and Marshall? And would Viv not be in that side? If we're just doing recent past then Gilchrist who still does the IPL and maybe Steyn? I know Steyn may not be thee quickest but I'd say he's be intimidating enough. Would also add a bit of control to the bowling

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 9, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta - for bowlers, I'd suggest Sylvestor Clarke or Lenny Pascoe, & for a batsmen I'd probably suggest Arjuna Ranatunga as captain!

  • POSTED BY zoot on | September 8, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    This is KP committed stuff is nonsense. KP has always done his best, that should be apparent from his recent match-winning and match-saving performances. The ECB should accept the IPL and give the players a chance to earn fame and fortune playing in it. It's unreasonable to expect players to be so committed that they give up that much for the England cause.

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    @Hayden Field. Your comment provoked me to form a "really explosive" team: 1.Gayle 2. Ryder 3. KP 4.Symmonds 5. Afridi 6.Bhajji 7. Swann 8.Sreeshant. 9. Shoaib Akthar. I need two more: One batsman and a Wicket keeper. Any suggestions? John Buchanan could be the Manager and Greg Chappel , the coach. Lalit Mody will be commissioned to come up with a good Business Model". Sponsors: Dynamite-Nobel Group from Europe. All suggestions for one batsman & WK are welcome. One Dynamite stick will be given as gift to all, who may suggest "good" names. If there are enough names to be included, we could even form a full fledged 15 man squad.

  • POSTED BY dabhand on | September 8, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Those who are pro KP and those who are anti share one thing in common - no one actually knows everything that has been said and done.

    Whether one likes it or not it's down to the management with input from the captain and senior professionals to determine the best course of action, posters to this forum have no 'skin in the game' - if they get things wrong they lose nothing and go on with their next campaign.

    If on the other hand they were to lose their access to all cricket forums, would they be so cavalier with their opinions ? I think not.

    If KP does come back it will be interesting to see just how long he stays 'committed' because for sure if his ego or advisers have another 'relapse' it would definitely be the last chance.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 8, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    @baranasai on (September 08 2012, 03:27 AM GMT) - I agree. If KP patches things up with those he's offended then it certainly should be resolved. Although this is a different kind of issue , it kind of mirrors Man City/Tevez and when Tevez realised that Man City weren't bowing down to him and that the grass wasn't greener elsewhere , he came back and is playing well again. Also we're not hearing him complaining of wanting to be nearer his wife and kids these days

  • POSTED BY Lermy on | September 8, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    I think texts, twitters, etc... should be completely ignored by everyone including the media. Just people thinking out loud. If every past player who uttered a careless word and upset someone had been suspended we wouldn't have a game. Treat it for what it is, move on, concentrate on playing the game, and let people blow off steam occasionally. That goes for the royal family too. So how about Harry as opening batsman for England?

  • POSTED BY baranasai on | September 8, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    It is like football.Some times big players make blunders by talking ill about the manager and his captain etc.However if he accepts his responsibilty and apolgises for his stupidity The mangement will punish him for few matches but not complerely ban him for the future ganes, Kevin no doubt made a mistake( let us not discuss the issues-the other party is very naive in this) He sat out for a series but he should be given a chance again.He has done lot for England for his entire career he has played for England /after all the years it is not right to dump him like this. He has been taught a lesson and that is where it should stop/No permanent red card for Kevin as this will be a big loss to English cricket let alone Kevins loss

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    So a young Pakistani bolwer bowls his heart out and wins his team a match but intentionally bowls 2 no-balls and is banned for two years as a consequence. Meanwhile an English batsmen gives inside team information to his opposition about how to dismiss a crucial member of his batting line up and there is no word at all about him getting banned for even one match. How ludicrous. Peterson should be banned, Mohammed Amir has paid his price, his ban should be overturned now.

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    From a New Zealand point of view - Kevin is being treated in the same manner as Jesse Ryder. Two players with extreme talent, but have issues both inside and outside of cricket.

    I believe the English and New Zealand cricket boards need to work with these two players.

    For anyone who can say they cricket is a team sport - there is a lot to do with individual talent. These guys are so under the spotliight by media, and fans - not to mention how players are so regulated to their behaviour off and on the field. England has kept a lot of the KP issue quiet...

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 9, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta on (September 08 2012, 14:42 PM GMT) Are we doing past players too? I presume so with Ahktar's inclusion. In which case how about Gilchrist and Marshall? And would Viv not be in that side? If we're just doing recent past then Gilchrist who still does the IPL and maybe Steyn? I know Steyn may not be thee quickest but I'd say he's be intimidating enough. Would also add a bit of control to the bowling

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 9, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta - for bowlers, I'd suggest Sylvestor Clarke or Lenny Pascoe, & for a batsmen I'd probably suggest Arjuna Ranatunga as captain!

  • POSTED BY zoot on | September 8, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    This is KP committed stuff is nonsense. KP has always done his best, that should be apparent from his recent match-winning and match-saving performances. The ECB should accept the IPL and give the players a chance to earn fame and fortune playing in it. It's unreasonable to expect players to be so committed that they give up that much for the England cause.

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    @Hayden Field. Your comment provoked me to form a "really explosive" team: 1.Gayle 2. Ryder 3. KP 4.Symmonds 5. Afridi 6.Bhajji 7. Swann 8.Sreeshant. 9. Shoaib Akthar. I need two more: One batsman and a Wicket keeper. Any suggestions? John Buchanan could be the Manager and Greg Chappel , the coach. Lalit Mody will be commissioned to come up with a good Business Model". Sponsors: Dynamite-Nobel Group from Europe. All suggestions for one batsman & WK are welcome. One Dynamite stick will be given as gift to all, who may suggest "good" names. If there are enough names to be included, we could even form a full fledged 15 man squad.

  • POSTED BY dabhand on | September 8, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Those who are pro KP and those who are anti share one thing in common - no one actually knows everything that has been said and done.

    Whether one likes it or not it's down to the management with input from the captain and senior professionals to determine the best course of action, posters to this forum have no 'skin in the game' - if they get things wrong they lose nothing and go on with their next campaign.

    If on the other hand they were to lose their access to all cricket forums, would they be so cavalier with their opinions ? I think not.

    If KP does come back it will be interesting to see just how long he stays 'committed' because for sure if his ego or advisers have another 'relapse' it would definitely be the last chance.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 8, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    @baranasai on (September 08 2012, 03:27 AM GMT) - I agree. If KP patches things up with those he's offended then it certainly should be resolved. Although this is a different kind of issue , it kind of mirrors Man City/Tevez and when Tevez realised that Man City weren't bowing down to him and that the grass wasn't greener elsewhere , he came back and is playing well again. Also we're not hearing him complaining of wanting to be nearer his wife and kids these days

  • POSTED BY Lermy on | September 8, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    I think texts, twitters, etc... should be completely ignored by everyone including the media. Just people thinking out loud. If every past player who uttered a careless word and upset someone had been suspended we wouldn't have a game. Treat it for what it is, move on, concentrate on playing the game, and let people blow off steam occasionally. That goes for the royal family too. So how about Harry as opening batsman for England?

  • POSTED BY baranasai on | September 8, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    It is like football.Some times big players make blunders by talking ill about the manager and his captain etc.However if he accepts his responsibilty and apolgises for his stupidity The mangement will punish him for few matches but not complerely ban him for the future ganes, Kevin no doubt made a mistake( let us not discuss the issues-the other party is very naive in this) He sat out for a series but he should be given a chance again.He has done lot for England for his entire career he has played for England /after all the years it is not right to dump him like this. He has been taught a lesson and that is where it should stop/No permanent red card for Kevin as this will be a big loss to English cricket let alone Kevins loss

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    So a young Pakistani bolwer bowls his heart out and wins his team a match but intentionally bowls 2 no-balls and is banned for two years as a consequence. Meanwhile an English batsmen gives inside team information to his opposition about how to dismiss a crucial member of his batting line up and there is no word at all about him getting banned for even one match. How ludicrous. Peterson should be banned, Mohammed Amir has paid his price, his ban should be overturned now.

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    From a New Zealand point of view - Kevin is being treated in the same manner as Jesse Ryder. Two players with extreme talent, but have issues both inside and outside of cricket.

    I believe the English and New Zealand cricket boards need to work with these two players.

    For anyone who can say they cricket is a team sport - there is a lot to do with individual talent. These guys are so under the spotliight by media, and fans - not to mention how players are so regulated to their behaviour off and on the field. England has kept a lot of the KP issue quiet...

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 7, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    @phoenixsteve on (September 07 2012, 17:51 PM GMT) I too would like to see it all resolved. As I put before , I can't understand how folk (unless they know the exact content of the texts) can judge one way or the other as to whether KP should be immediately reinstated or gone for good. How can any of us judge without the full evidence etc? I'm starting to think it will be resolved (unless KP reacts negatively to something) and that England are trying to make him realise what they will not tolerate. I think it's the trust issue as much as what he exactly said. If KP had said something in a paper or tv interview (out in the open)rather than to opposition players it might have been resolved quicker.

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    I still hold out the vain hope that England know what they are doing with KP - forcibly knocking some humility into him before welcoming back the new and well-behaved(ish) KP to the Test side. I can hope.

  • POSTED BY phoenixsteve on | September 7, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    The KPgate saga continues. It's very interesting how loyal England cricket fans (like myself and Yorkshirepudding) have totally opposing views on the issue? I respect the view that he should be permenantly exiled - I just don't agree with it! He's done wrong - he's admitted it and I believe he is suitably contrite. He's been punished, exiled from the game he loves and effectively prevented from earning a (good) living. Something a player of his immense talent deserves. Now if he had been stealing money and valuables from the players lockers a permenant exile would be appropriate? He did the crime and has done the time - in my book? Not picking KP now would be like the guy who cuts his legs off so he can't step on a landmine! (or the stabbing yourself and saying your not making a bloody canoe out of me joke). Wise up England, forgive the guy & let him prove how valuable he is and enjoy the success that we supporters have waited so long for! PLEASE! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | September 7, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Much to my annoyance I can't help but feel that this issue is going to get resolved. Perosnally I don't want KP back but one can't deny his class as a cricketer.

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    KP should be in...........

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Great timing, Cookie boy. As perfect as your gentle glance to the leg side. You two need each other. On one side, England need KP to do well in India. On the other side, after England collectively called the KP's bluff and bluster off, he has no choice... a case of "all padded up; no where to go"... So, he would even crawl (figuratively speaking) to get back into the England Team... perhaps the only national team who might be willing to take a prima donna like him. Made for each other!

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | September 7, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    No KP, No Owais Shah.. England will not reach even the semi-finals this time in World T20 unless something outrageous happens (like Bairstow learning to play spin like Navjot Sidhu!).

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    No, keep him out.He's made his bed by texting the opposition disparaging remarks about (then) captain, and coach. KP is not irreplaceable, but team spirit IS irreplaceable!

  • POSTED BY Sarlana on | September 7, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Nodoubt KP is the best and he needs to comeback. Both Board and KP, leave the things happened on past. Now say sorry eachother and come back to team.

    Anyway we are missing KP on ICC worldT20

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | September 7, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    @shazada1 you're having a Laugh, Chopra averages sub 40 in the CC, if anyone should be in in the squad as an opener its Root who averaged 40+ in FC cricket and 50+ this season.

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    It will be a sad sad day for English cricket the day KP is allowed back into the England team!

  • POSTED BY shazada1 on | September 7, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Bring in MOEEN ALI OR VARUN CHOPRA--GREAT PLAYERS WHO BOTH DESERVE CHANCE TO PLAY FOR ENGLAND.

  • POSTED BY Goldmens on | September 7, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    England need KP for India series. He understand the Indian condition well now. If they don't sort this issue as soon as possible. England are going to lose 4-0 in the sub-continent. For the fans, it will be boring to watch test match without KP.

  • POSTED BY premnauth on | September 7, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    What a classy player is KP it would be very sad for his test career to come to a premature end, talk apologise get it over with .

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    I dont know why the English team mates find hard to gel with KP while other Intl cricketers are gelling with him easily... May be they are jealous of KP I guess :p

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | September 7, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    I know KP is a class player and worth fighting for if England wants to win this 20 twenty world cup, but I am amazed that England selectors not even considering Owais Shah. If you investigate his last two seasons cricket form, then he is suppose to be in the England squad. Owais Shah Twenty20 batting avg. 34.36 & his Twenty20 bowling avg. 15.6 He had a great season with the Cape Cobras against quality bowling.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 7, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (September 06 2012, 15:00 PM GMT) - I agree. What does that say about merit in the selection process? @phoenixsteve - whilst early on, I would of said that he should still be considered for National duty, if he (as reported) actually texted the Saffas about ways to get Strauss out, he needs to serve a period of exile & prove beyond a shadow of doubt he WANTS to play for TEAM England. @Vansh Kapil - what would Sachin think if a team mate was texting the opposition with ways to get him out? He wouldn't be keen on sharing a dressingroom with him. == == == IMO - England should NOT rule out KP ever playing for the National team again, however, if half the stuff that has been reported on KP is true, he should be "suspended" from the team for 12mths, (I'd prefer 18mths as that excludes back to back Ashes)! During his "suspension" - he should be drilled on the team ethos & be made to play Lions & A-matches & prove himself to be a team man!

  • POSTED BY VillageBlacksmith on | September 7, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    worrying times for jelly belly i would have thought with india coming up, not sure i would even pick him... his absence could be a blessing... he had a terrible tour of UAE when Ajmal got him out for fun (ave 8), and he had a terrible time vs peterson who also got him out for fun... (he wasn't too clever vs pace vs RSA or WI either and has a top score of 76 all year in 11 tests, ie not very good).. any slow bowler in india (of which there are many) would fancy their chances against jellybelly at the mo... i certainly wouldn't pick him, he has done nothing to justify a place vs spin, or seam either. A series of low fifties all year is v disappointing and he needs to be moved on.

  • POSTED BY Derek301 on | September 7, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Thought KP signed up to be a commentator a few days ago. For teams to be happy, players have to be happy. Chris Gayle lesson.

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | September 7, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    KP is our best batsman and should be in the side. If it is about personalities everyone should just grow up and start acting like men.

  • POSTED BY edgie on | September 7, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    geez seriously now, make a decision and get on with it. Either way, that change room will never be same even if KP is re-admitted. Every player who does not like him or does not meet his "friendship" standards will continue to question his loyalty and trust, those who are in his circle of trust will have that niggling thought of "will he text my batting weaknesses to Michael Clarke?" Really so much media for just one player is just ludacris, and does cricket NO favours.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 7, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    @Vansh Kapil on (September 07 2012, 07:37 AM GMT), KP goes to India and plays IPL for a few weeks a year. That hardly compares with his playing for England all year round year after year. Given that one of KP's original demands was to be able to take a rest from Test matches for England so that he could play a full IPL season, it's hardly the same thing is it? That's just not a sensible comparison.

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    How many chances does the bloke want? I think the time has past- England need to move on from KP.

  • POSTED BY SpizenFire on | September 7, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    We had this situation coming for a while .... it was unsporting to see Swann, Board, Bresnan, perhaps the whole team expressing their displeasures for the camera on the field. They conducted themselves below par, just for the gallery award. Once you put yourselves in the public domain ... then hurting someones ego or anything else for that matter, is just relative. Anyone amongst them trying to take a moral stand will find no takers. ECB, Flower lack foresight and should have nipped this in the bud. Cook, Bell are a pleasure to watch, KP, JT, EM are exciting to watch, Anderson keeps us on the edge. Swann, Broad ... we can do without ... boorish.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 7, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    @Ian Levinson on (September 07 2012, 05:35 AM GMT), that's just a ridiculous statement. I'm not aware of Cook having said that England don't need KP. He's far too diplomatic for that. Perhaps he said that England can win without KP and that would be no lie. They've beaten WI and Australia and drawn with SA, all with no KP. When Cook says that the situation needs to be resolved he is quite right. Whether KP returns to the side in all three formats or never plays again, the decision has to be made one way or the other. The not knowing cannot be easy for KP or the other players and the stress will increase the longer it goes on. Even if Cook had said that England didn't need KP, saying that the issue needs to be resolved one way or the other still wouldn't be contradictory.

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Firstly I admit I am a fan. Secondly I do not understand what the real issue here. If a bunch of multinational players can adjust with KP and if foreign teams (IPL) are ready to pay millions for him, I cant fathom why a few englishmen can work with him. As a matter of fact there are no bigger stars in the world than the Indian player (purely in the terms of number of followers) and we all know their star egos, if KP is fine with them then how come he has problems with his own team mates. He gives respect if he gets it. Simple!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 7, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (September 07 2012, 04:07 AM GMT) - I'm not sure what will happen. I read one thing and I think KP will be back playing for England with immediate effect and then I read another and I think he'll never play for England again. I would have thought it would/should have been sorted out by now. Not sure whether it's because ECB have ignored the problem to try and forget about it all or whether KP has not been so accommodating etc. It seems daft not to have sorted it one way or the other before the T20WC.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 7, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    @ashes61 on (September 06 2012, 21:46 PM GMT) Just playing devil's advocate here but do you know exactly what KP was supposed to have done/said? To me , no one knows exactly what was done or said so I feel it's hard to judge (either way) whether he should be allowed to play for England again. I think he must have said some strong stuff because for the simple fact that he has not denied anything and seems to have accepted that England took the right course of action. I couldn't see KP lying down if he thought he was being harshly treated so my guess is that there needs to be alot of talking/apologising etc before KP can come back

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 7, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    @foursandsixes on (September 06 2012, 22:12 PM GMT) Bowlers (INC PACERS) did ok in UAE /SL. It was our batsmen inc KP who let us down for most of tour. Anyway this is not about form/class - it's about off field things.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 7, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    @Chesty-la-roux on (September 07 2012, 00:14 AM GMT) He's not a country mile ahead of other English batsmen in tests. When I last looked a couple of weeks or so ago Trott was averaging better than KP and Cook and Bell were averaging within a couple of runs of KP. Maybe a country mile in talent or on a monopoly board but that's as far as it goes.

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    @RandyOz- Actually I think they are talking about the Australian Usman Khwaja.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | September 7, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    @phoenixsteve, theres a difference to seeing an exciting player on the field and the destructiveness he can cause in the dressing room, its not as if KP doesnt have form of this time, clashing heads with Moores in 2008 leading to the loss of the captaincy. Others have been just as disruptive in the past, Flintoff for example and at times he was brought to book, though not often enough, look at the impact his antics had on England in 2006/7, Im not saying that england would have won that series but it might have been more competative than a 5-0 drubbing.

  • POSTED BY edgie on | September 7, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    @pr3m, don't forget that KP had "retired" from ODI's and T20's, therefore he was not obliged to be with the team for them, and therefore had LOTS of breaks. However Flower has been at every game, be it test, ODI, T20, warm-up, etc. And eh has been there in training. And with a Word T20 comign with the Poms are defending, I think he deserves a little time off.

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    what wrong now cook, the other day you said england dosent need kp, now you saying the kp issue needs to be resolved, make up your mind

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | September 7, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    He is good to watch so I hope they work it out. Even from an Australian supporter. His assault on SA was the only redeeming element for England all summer. If not for that, Strauss probably would have quit England completely and gone back to South Africa.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 7, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Interesting days ahead for Cook, despite his not playing much cricket. I would imagine that, as long as KP says he's sorry and won't do it again and at least sounds like he means it then the way should be clear for his returning to all formats. One wonders how long he'll remain happy to play all three though. With regards to the openers spot vacated by Strauss, while I see Root as the probable long-term solution, I quite like the idea of trying Bell as an opener. While it's obviously a quite different situation, he's done a fairly good job opening in ODIs. They will probably not want to move Trott and Bell prefers playing higher up the order so it may be quite a successful move. Even then though, who opens in Mumbai? It's hard to see how Bopara has done enough to warrant a place and, if that's the case, one would have to think that that would be the end of his Test career, if players like Bairstow and Taylor continue in the manner they look to have started.

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    This is the kind of respect their fans give for Kevin Pietersen who just saved all their faces from being whitewashed in Test Series. And, they say they don't need him!!

  • POSTED BY Kirk-at-Lords on | September 7, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    The most discouraging thing about the situation as it now stands is the ECB's rush to name a Test side ahead of the World T20. Honestly, this is rubbish management. You should give yourself all the time available to resolve a full-blown crisis such as this. Settle it ASAP of course, but don't needlessly pressurise yourselves. It is perhaps a shame for capt. Cook to be placed under so much stress from the off, but it will not be for the first time. When he parachuted into India from Windies to begin his Test career with a fifty and unbeaten century at Nagpur in Mar. 2006, the pressure (not to mention sheer jet lag) was just as great. I am counting on Cook to prepare a right-ready raid on India with his flying squadron, and I really expect KP and Bopara to be his wingmen, ready to deliver career-saving blows with bat & perhaps even ball. But first, the conflict resolution must be handled properly & professionally. Over to Cook and the ECB...

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Reading comments by fans is discouraging! A lot of them think that leaving KP out is the solution. That the easiest thing that anyone can do. One does not need a team of professionals as ECB to make that decision. Man management issues are always filled with emotions, empathy etc. That is where a team of professionals come into the picture. I think ECB should act accordingly and address the issue. At the same time they ECB should not forget to tackle the issues caused by Broad and Swann. They should not go unpunished!

  • POSTED BY phoenixsteve on | September 7, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    @Ashes61... are you really Hugh Morris in cognito? Your kind of thinking/narrow mindedness would ensure England to many many more years of mediocrity! But that's what the England traditionalist like.....MEDOICRITY AND FAILURE!!! I believe that the majority of cricket fans (English and other) want to watch and enjoy KP's sepcial talent. You don't have to like him (I don't) but you have to recognise a very special talent when it comes along? Be real people WE (ENGLAND) need KP. We don't need dinosaurs runnig English cricket! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | September 7, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    The whole South African thing is becoming sooo boring too. About every other cricketing nation fields overseas players in there XI. So its kind of hypocritical. JerryV Root would be the obvious replacement, Compton doesn't open for his club. Even Chopra who scored 195 the other day and who is a good slipper would get the nod over Compton.

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | September 7, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    These comments are laughable. Not in the top 50 of my time!!! The guy can play innings nobody else can. Who else would have dismantled Morkel and Steyn like he did at Headingley. Nobody. Not Sehwag, Not Ponting, Not Kallis. The guy is pure class, and admittidly a bit of an Idiot...but cricket is full of characters who didnt fit into the team ethos but were tolerated for what they brought to the team( Boycott, and Bradman are two that spring to mind). Without KP we would have never recovered the ashes in 05 dont forget. Lots of short memories here.

  • POSTED BY Lankan_Pride1981 on | September 7, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    just wanna see KP playing again. he smashed sri lankan bowlers when they last played in sri lanka. without him eng would have lost the series. one man makes the difference really. with KP's history against left arm spinners it will be itneresting to see how Ohja bowls to him. when eng was thinkign about KP IN 2005 ashes instead of Graham Thorpe here is what warnie said " Thorpe is a good player but KP can hurt australia" thats exactly wat KP been doing

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | September 7, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    Long-Leg. Glad you aren't on the selection committee. Whatever you think about Pietersen the person has no baring on the matter at hand. He is quite simply the best batsman in the world on his day. No bowling attack can live with him when he's in the mood. If we are going to win in India then we need him out in the middle dominating. This fracas well may be the kick up the bum he needed. Don't be surprised if we see the best of KP over these next couple of years.

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    I look forward to them sorting it out and stopping acting like kids! it's hard to know what's going on but thats what it sounds like from where we are. KP is a phenomenal player and provided he makes the right committments i cant wait to see him back for England. You cant expect the man who has the ego to bully Steyn off the front foot and do his switch hits etc to be calm and quiet when he gets of the pitch. Madness...

  • POSTED BY Manush on | September 7, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    Minus KP, Cook alone can not do magic and with the decline in Swann without Monty, the pacers despite being talented can not contain Indians in local conditions. !!. Frank talks with KP and shedding ego will solve the problems they are facing now. England should blame itself for this mess and not the opposition's strength !!!.

  • POSTED BY pr3m on | September 7, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    So Flower can take a break, but if Pietersen wants one, it's not allowed?

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | September 7, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    This is the kind of respect their fans give for Kevin Pietersen who just saved all their faces from being whitewashed in Test Series. And, they say they don't need him!! Mockery.

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    There has got to be more than what meets the eye about the KP situation . No one would have ever dream the idea that Strauss would have quit International Cricket over the KP situation and what ever else when his team (England) doing so well in world cricket . I will await the outcome when COOK has his say with the board and KP .

  • POSTED BY Chesty-la-roux on | September 7, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    ashes61

    "The country is full of talent who want to play for their country" - Incorrect

    "He won't be missed" - Incorrect

    "you'd think there were no decent players before he appeared and none will come after" - Correct

    "he is not even nearly the best even of his OWN time" - Partly correct, partly incorrect, he is by a country mile the best of his own time when measured against england, he is not the best of his own time when measured against players from other test playing nations.

  • POSTED BY Rash_inswinger on | September 7, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    did someone find out about the text content KP sent to SA guys about straussy or we'll get to know when he's at the commentary? cooky beware!

  • POSTED BY zoot on | September 7, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    It's time for the England management to be realistic. There have always been loners in the game and there are always some disagreements on tour. They have a responsibility not to deprive the public of one of he world's most exciting players without a serious reason which stands up to scrutiny. Saying that KP insulted player x or y does not cut it.

  • POSTED BY Long-Leg on | September 6, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    The best way of resolving the Pietersen issue is to never pick him for England again. Very simple really.

  • POSTED BY foursandsixes on | September 6, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    @Ashes61, Eng can't win without KP, esp. in the subcontinent as the pacers are not that effective there and Swann is not a threat. He is their best batter.

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | September 6, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    jackthelad: Exactly. Anyone who seriously thinks that Pietersen can ever be accommodated again must be off their head. What planet are these people on? "We're bound to need runs therefore we must pick him" and all that sort of stuff. I can't begin to understand anyone in England thinking he should represent us again. I don't think there are many, but that there are any at all baffles me! I'd rather England lost 5-0 in India without him and relinquished the Ashes than see him aoppear as an England player again. But that would overstate his value to the team enormously. He's gone - let him go, move on. The country is full of talent who want to play for their country. He won't be missed. Reading some of these comments you'd think there were no decent players before he appeared and none will come after. He's not in the top 50 of my time and he is not even nearly the best even of his OWN time!

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Just let KP go and play in IPL and Big Bash. They deserve him !

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    I admit that KP is a good cricketer, but I personally wouldn't allow him back in the England dressing room, as I do believe that he'll do the same as what he did after the Headingley test, which I wouldn't want to occur again.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 6, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    @Hira1 on (September 06 2012, 14:25 PM GMT) You really are not a people person are you?

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    I hope decisions are made in the best interest of the team... KP needs to be back in English colours...

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | September 6, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    England need Pietersen like a piece of chocolate needs a fire. He must never come back.

  • POSTED BY phoenixsteve on | September 6, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    It seems that at last the "powers that be" are talking some sense and working to get KP back onboard? He was a naughty boy but hopefully he's learned something from this exile and will come back fresh and determined. England needs his talent and especially with the T20 WC and India coming up! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | September 6, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Coming winter cook's team will be cooked in India....:))

  • POSTED BY Tlotoxl on | September 6, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    RandyOZ: Kevin Pietersen averages 49.48 in tests, there can't more than a handful of players in tests still playing that have a higher average and *nobody* in world cricket is more exciting to watch in test cricket when he is full attack mode, i'm sure there are Aussie bowlers still having nigtmares over the 227 he scored in Adalaide in 2010, it is no surprise he is 10th in the all time list of career test 6s.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | September 6, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Without KP for the Tests in India, England will be trashed black and blue.

  • POSTED BY makeshift on | September 6, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    This has to be resolved ASAP but it is very important that every player in the team has respect for the Captain and all team members gel together. The first thing you learn in any sport is to respect your leader.

    Yes KP is talented and an important player for England but Cook needs assurance that KP fully understands his responsibility as a senior player

  • POSTED BY Uppercut07 on | September 6, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    For a team always bragging abt 'bench strength', England sure are struggling to replace a single 'South African'!! :-D

  • POSTED BY voma on | September 6, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    @RandyOZ , thats the first time i have ever agreed with you on something mate .

  • POSTED BY Newlandsfaithful on | September 6, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    No doubt about it! We want KP for president of the ICC!

  • POSTED BY JerryV on | September 6, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Nick Compton is a natural choice here. The heaviest scorer in the season. It wasn't all that long ago that Cook was himself bloodied with a debut on an Indian tour. No reason why we can't have another opener who made his debut in the toughest tour we can have.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    England need KP, therefore just take him solve the problem.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    why not open with bairstow? or bell, like in odi's?

  • POSTED BY ThirteenthMan on | September 6, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Pietersen should be ignored. Those who will welcome him back are not worth worrying about.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | September 6, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    There are people on this site talking as if KP is a legend. They must be referring to Kurtis Pattersen because surely they don't mean the South African Kevin Pietersen?

  • POSTED BY sams235 on | September 6, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Looks like someone is desperate.

  • POSTED BY foursandsixes on | September 6, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Great! Finally, someone recognizes that Eng can't win without KP!

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | September 6, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    It's easy to resolve the situation, just leave out the rather childish 'bowlers clique' who keep mocking KP in public and in the press, there are better other bowlers like Finn and (even) Treadmill anyway. Then England can select their best batsman. Simple really.

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | September 6, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    the last sentence is horrible

  • POSTED BY kabe_ag7 on | September 6, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    ".. although having an Essex team-mate as captain could yet prove useful." - a cheap shot by McGlashan.

  • POSTED BY GHemrajani on | September 6, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Fire Andy Flower. Hire Pietersen in the team.

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | September 6, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    "although Cook is fairly sure what form he wants the squad to take. "I'm pretty clear," he said"...what is to be understood from this?...Cook is already sure about KP inclusion and talks are just mere formality now?

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  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | September 6, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    "although Cook is fairly sure what form he wants the squad to take. "I'm pretty clear," he said"...what is to be understood from this?...Cook is already sure about KP inclusion and talks are just mere formality now?

  • POSTED BY GHemrajani on | September 6, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Fire Andy Flower. Hire Pietersen in the team.

  • POSTED BY kabe_ag7 on | September 6, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    ".. although having an Essex team-mate as captain could yet prove useful." - a cheap shot by McGlashan.

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | September 6, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    the last sentence is horrible

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | September 6, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    It's easy to resolve the situation, just leave out the rather childish 'bowlers clique' who keep mocking KP in public and in the press, there are better other bowlers like Finn and (even) Treadmill anyway. Then England can select their best batsman. Simple really.

  • POSTED BY foursandsixes on | September 6, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Great! Finally, someone recognizes that Eng can't win without KP!

  • POSTED BY sams235 on | September 6, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Looks like someone is desperate.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | September 6, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    There are people on this site talking as if KP is a legend. They must be referring to Kurtis Pattersen because surely they don't mean the South African Kevin Pietersen?

  • POSTED BY ThirteenthMan on | September 6, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Pietersen should be ignored. Those who will welcome him back are not worth worrying about.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    why not open with bairstow? or bell, like in odi's?