England's Pietersen dilemma

No problem having a beer with KP - Broad

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 10, 2012

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Kevin Pietersen chats with Irfan Pathan and Andre Russell, Johannesburg, October 10, 2012
Kevin Pietersen will chat with his England team-mates as well as his IPL ones over the next few weeks © AFP
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Stuart Broad has insisted that Kevin Pietersen will be welcomed back to the England dressing room whenever the management decide the time is right for the batsman's return.

Pietersen is currently preparing for the Champions League T20 with Delhi Daredevils in South Africa. He is due to fly back to the UK for a round of meetings with senior England players as part of his 'reintegration' process that began when he signed a four-month contract last week.

Broad said he had not spoken to Pietersen since the Headingley Test against South Africa, where the situation escalated following his post-match press conference and a few days later Pietersen was omitted for the final Test at Lord's. If the next few weeks go smoothly, he is expected to return for the tour of India, after having been left out of the original squad.

"I'd have no problems playing with him or having a beer with him. It's not an issue," Broad told reporters in London. "Once the England management has decided when he's available to return, he'll be welcomed back into the changing room.

"We know he's a great cricketer, he's won a lot of trophies and has been a really good team-mate for England, certainly ever since I've been playing for them. We know that when KP's focused on playing for England and he's happy, he's a really dangerous player."

Broad was also caught up in the controversy, when it involved the parody Twitter account that Pietersen took offence to under the belief that some of the England players were involved. Broad is friends with the person who admitted being behind it, Richard Bailey, but issued a statement denying any involvement in the account.

"The team have no issues with KP coming back if the management decide he's ready to," Broad said. "It's in their hands at the moment. There are some meetings going on behind closed doors and we're waiting to see the outcome of those.

"But from the team's perspective his integration will be easy. Ultimately we're playing cricket and we want guys who will score runs and take catches to help England win. Whatever's happened has happened. We pride ourselves on being a strong dressing room and I'm sure that if he came back for India or New Zealand, or whenever it is, that things will be fine within the team."

Although Pietersen made himself available for all England cricket via a YouTube video the day before he was dropped - reversing his retirement from limited-overs cricket from earlier in the year - he followed the World Twenty20 from a TV studio rather than the dug-out as England were eliminated in the Super Eights stage.

One of the major problems for England during the tournament was not being given a solid start in the Powerplays. In their first three matches, against Afghanistan, India and West Indies, they lost at least one wicket in the first over, and for the final Super Eights match against Sri Lanka, they juggled the batting order by omitting Craig Kieswetter.

"It's hard to tell if the results would had been different had he been there," Broad said. "Obviously he's a fantastic Twenty20 cricketer who did wonders for us when we won the World Twenty20 in 2010.

"In June, when I found out he'd retired from the white-ball format, as captain I was hugely disappointed because I thought he'd be an integral part of our World Cup defence.

"It would be hard for me to say we didn't miss someone of his experience at the top of the order so I was disappointed when he did pull out. But the situation went towards the management side of things and it turned out he couldn't be there."

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Posted by Rogerunionjack on (October 13, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

JG2704 is right, this shouldn't be turned into an Eng vs India debate on this thread, so I'll refrain from any comments about the upcoming series. I just hope - but am not optimistic - that Broad & co. are able to integrate KP back into the fold. It's necessary to look forward, not back. We have two back to back Ashes series coming up later. As for the India series, may the best team win.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 12, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

As is so often the case with England threads which are discussing a different matter we end up having an India/England debate. For what it's worth - as an England fan and I hate to say this - I lean towards India. I feel that England have been awful in tests in the SC/SC conditions and also feel we will continue to make poor team selections which will make a hard task even more difficult. But if I was an Indian fan I wouldn't be cock a hoop either. Sure their home has been a fortress over the years , however are wins over WI and NZ a benchmark to prove than they are still invincible at home?

Posted by JG2704 on (October 12, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

@Cric_Hawk on (October 11 2012, 21:07 PM GMT) 1 - Fact is that KP and Bell ARE England players 2 - England fans could say that Eng would have won both matches if SL were without Jaya and Herath 3 - KP and Bell were averaging 11.16 and 8.5 in UAE where we lost 3-0 so while you can say/intimate it was a good job we had Bell and KP in the SL series having 2 batsmen who were averaging 20 between them in the UAE series was not so good. 2 more points 1 - Bell scored 18 so did not influence the final test at all . 2 - Which Irish players are England so dependent on in test cricket? We have ONE in the squad who some - inc myself - feel is an undeserved selection

Posted by Cric_Hawk on (October 12, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

@ Rogerunionjack I bet you, if India looses even 1 test match against Eng on home turf I will stop watching cricket...If you see Eng batsmen struggle against spin on a bit dry n mediocre spin, I believe without KP-Bell they cannot survive here... I'm confident of my team doing well but not over-confident like u guys thinking Eng making it 4-0 for India.Without KP your team struggled against SF and you are expecting to perform good in Ind Lol!!! While Eng hv good bowling unit, Ind hs strong batting line up... Its only matter of Ind batsmen not making any mistake, jus think if Dravid-VVS were playing you guys could hv cried all day...Ind play spin very well and Eng batsmen except KP play pathetic before spin...Swann is not Warne and hs been trashed evry time he hs come ovr here... Monty is anyways our guy...Without swing, evn Akhtar with 95 mph wz thrashed out of the park...Jus put web of spinners and Eng team will crumble. Recent records jus show that Eng team is nothing without KP...

Posted by Rogerunionjack on (October 12, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

To all my Indian friends - yes, your batting is strong, and yes you have home advantage. But unfortunately, your bowling WILL let you down. Please don't compare your recent ODI & T20 results with test cricket. We have Cook, Trott, Bell, Prior & co. who are more than capable. Even if your captain is so desperate that he has reportedly given instructions to prepare turners, we also have Swann, Monty and now KP. Plus our speedsters are a lot betetr. It isn't going to be a cake walk for India as you guys keep forecasting. We may not thrash you by an innings in every match, you guys will put up a fight, but at the end of it all it will once again be 4-0. All the best.

Posted by cricprasu on (October 12, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

@Cric_Hawk: well said bro..thats exactly correct...

Posted by phoenixsteve on (October 12, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

@Pacelikefire_Samrat .... You might be right and England don't have that great a talent comimg through? In test cricket though they are good and don't rely on hype. India are a poor team and will not have it their own way even on their own 'flat track bully' pitches. Tendulkar perversely is the Indian Achiles heel - he's past it and personal ambitions see him carrying on at the expense of his second rate team! India are going to be beaten unless they can invent a decent bowling attack and figure out how to clone Kohli six or seven times....... COME ON ENGLAND!!! R.I.P. India........

Posted by Cric_Hawk on (October 12, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

@A_Vacant_Slip Ok Lets check record of ur "GOOD' english players against Ind... Ian Bell - Test Bat Avg 41.61 & Cook - Test Bat Avg 46.05 Record of Ind players against Eng...Sachin - Test Bat Avg 56.34 & Gambhir - Test Bat Avg 46.30 Now, about ur Broad v Ind stats, probably he was the same guy who wz thrashed out of the park 6 times by yuvi...Lol, only Eng can retain him bcz thts wat they got... You cannot replace the whole team by Irish/SF players there has to b some identify of English team... Guess, for you guys its club team and not national team, just see who is performing good in other countries and make them play from your side...

Posted by Meety on (October 12, 2012, 1:27 GMT)

@A_Vacant_Slip on (October 11 2012, 21:34 PM GMT) - I would say Kohli is the form batsmen in world cricket, & I think he is almost good enough to carry India's batting line up against England. I think that SRT in India, will be effective, I think Dhoni as a Keeper & as a batsmen in India will cause England problems. I think Pujarra is also very good. I also think that IF fit Zaheer is a solid chance of being the leading wicket taker amongst pace bowlers on EITHER side. IMO - England will do a hell of better in India than India in England, but it should be an Indian series win, not a whitewash, but like in UAE where England had solid chances of winning deep into the match. @JG2704 on (October 11 2012, 11:27 AM GMT) - TBH, I couldn't be stuffed reading the article, just the comments, - I am SO over the whole KP saga! I do think the Collier remarks were inflammatory though!

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

Stuey almost had me convinced there for a moment

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