England news February 28, 2014

Dressing room better without KP - Prior

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England's dressing room will be a better place without Kevin Pietersen, according to his former team-mate, Matt Prior, which has led to Pietersen responding through Twitter.

Prior, who had a public falling-out with Pietersen after the celebrity journalist Piers Morgan tweeted comments allegedly made by Prior in a private team meeting, admitted that Pietersen's talent should have made him "the best England cricketer to ever walk this planet"

But, when asked in Dubai whether the dressing room would be a better place without Pietersen, Prior replied "yes, it will" and went on to question the batsman's commitment to team success.

"I think one of the biggest things the ECB want to rediscover," Prior said, "is the value of playing cricket for England. The honour and the pride you need to show as an England cricketer.

"And they only want people in that dressing room that are going to be passionate about England winning and performing."

Pietersen responded by seemingly taking a jibe at the fact that Prior was dropped during the Ashes. "Fewer Q&A's, more Sussex nets methinks, @MattPrior13! #josbuttler," he tweeted. In later tweets, he referred dismissively to Prior, England's vice captain, but dropped for the final two Ashes Tests, as "The Big Cheese."

Former England spinner Graeme Swann, who retired midway through the recent Ashes tour, and who later expressed himself mystified by the enforced retirement of Pietersen, suggested that both Prior and Pietersen would have been better served discussing their issues on the phone, instead of in public.

Swann told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I think Matt's been a bit naive doing a Q & A in Dubai...you're never safe in these things. But Kevin has come back in a fairly childish way. I'm sure he has still got his mobile number and could have rung him. But public spats are the new thing."

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  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 2, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    @geoffboyc on (March 1, 2014, 22:04 GMT) You're right but by the same token has KP being playing consistently well enough over the last few years anyway? If he is a mare but playing particularly well then maybe all the off field stuff can be overlooked but truth is he has not done that much for England in recent times anyway. As I've said , I'd prefer them to maybe keep him in the side for SFs (where shorter series and less time with others make it less likely for frictions to surface) and then maybe drop him from the SL series (which he may be injured for anyway the way he has been in recent years). Then if his replacement does well there is no great loss and if they dont they can revaluate things before they play India. Even if they had no intention of playing him again in tests I wonder if they needed to make such a big long term decision before his contract expired?

  • POSTED BY geoffboyc on | March 1, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    Team spirit or whatever other term you use is all very well, but once a professional cricketer gets out in the middle it shouldn't affect the way they bat anyway. Did Cook miss or leave those straight balls that dismissed him because KP had said something disruptive in the changing room? Did Bell lob his first ball from the spinner to mid off because he thought KP might be thinking of sending a disparaging text to someone? Cook may or may not be "a phenomenal cricketer" in Prior's words, but his general form for over 12 months now would have raised doubts about his selection in any other team had he not been captain and apparently fireproof. This business has put a lot more pressure on him.

  • POSTED BY Whatsgoinoffoutthere on | March 1, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Well done Swanny, right on the money there.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 1, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    @milepost on (March 1, 2014, 7:10 GMT) Prior was definitely in the dressing room for (I reckon) all but 2 tests and was probably in the dressing room (around the set up) for the tests where he was dropped so I'd say he knows more than every commenter and every journalist put together about what has gone on. Re FFL going missing - I noticed a few Aus posters going missing on the thread on the last day of the last SA/Aus test. Guess it takes one to know one

    @64blip on (February 28, 2014, 13:55 GMT) He hasn't said all that has he? I'm guessing you were in the dressing room all the time and can confirm exactly what KP was like , what he said/did etc ? No , didn't think so. Would you say kind words about KP if he said you weren't good enough to play for the team?

  • POSTED BY markatnotts on | March 1, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    @JG2704, yep I find it funny about India. Mind you it is the second most common excuse when England win a test series against anyone. The next most common is 'the ball swung excessively'!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 1, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    @jb633 on (February 28, 2014, 17:01 GMT) Difficult to comment without knowing what went on behind closed doors but unless what KP has done is totally unforgivable I still say they could have just dropped/rested him from a series before the dust settles. My main point is that if KP said what he was alleged to have said about Prior - why should Prior be subtle about KP?

    @Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (March 1, 2014, 7:24 GMT) India seem to be in transition everytime they lose to England but I do kind of agree with most of your post.

    @jonesy2isaBigot on (March 1, 2014, 9:57 GMT) You are right in the fact that if you read many of the comms on here you'd have thought that KP had single handedly won series and England don't lose with him in the side. You would have thought that KP averaged 70-80 vs Australia and not slightly less than 30 and only a few runs better than most of the batsmen and less than Ben Stokes who only scored 15 runs less in 2 inns less.

  • POSTED BY markatnotts on | March 1, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    I see the historical 'revisionists' are out in force again. According to 'severe cricket' England never won a test series without KP!

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | March 1, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Every dressing room no has been in has ended the same way.is that not the main point.also it was prior who was instrumental in helping no back after his team destroying texts.I think England made the right choice and no can have his vanity stroked by the vacuous Ipl sideshow

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | March 1, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    @Deuce03 Cook's captaincy is one-dimensional, and after a point it shows. He might be successful, as the numbers show, but you have to take into account that he beat teams like India and Australia which were in transition at that point. They didn't have established match winners and were not playing good cricket. The recent Ashes showed just how bad a captain Cook is. As soon as he was faced with a team with some fight, he became defensive and his team was blown away. He brings now ingenuity to the team. Clarke is a better captain as he can think on his feet and is not the management's puppet. Also, his captaining career is much longer than Cook's and he has led an Australian side through transition. England needs a new captain. One who brings fresh thinking into the camp. Morgan would be the prime candidate. He will also bring the X-Factor to England's batting. Also, Buttler needs to be tried in the test team.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | March 1, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    What would Prior know about the England dressing room now anyway, he's not in it. I think KP is justified in suggesting Prior hits the nets back at Sussex. He might want to work on his wicket keeping and PR skills as well.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 2, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    @geoffboyc on (March 1, 2014, 22:04 GMT) You're right but by the same token has KP being playing consistently well enough over the last few years anyway? If he is a mare but playing particularly well then maybe all the off field stuff can be overlooked but truth is he has not done that much for England in recent times anyway. As I've said , I'd prefer them to maybe keep him in the side for SFs (where shorter series and less time with others make it less likely for frictions to surface) and then maybe drop him from the SL series (which he may be injured for anyway the way he has been in recent years). Then if his replacement does well there is no great loss and if they dont they can revaluate things before they play India. Even if they had no intention of playing him again in tests I wonder if they needed to make such a big long term decision before his contract expired?

  • POSTED BY geoffboyc on | March 1, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    Team spirit or whatever other term you use is all very well, but once a professional cricketer gets out in the middle it shouldn't affect the way they bat anyway. Did Cook miss or leave those straight balls that dismissed him because KP had said something disruptive in the changing room? Did Bell lob his first ball from the spinner to mid off because he thought KP might be thinking of sending a disparaging text to someone? Cook may or may not be "a phenomenal cricketer" in Prior's words, but his general form for over 12 months now would have raised doubts about his selection in any other team had he not been captain and apparently fireproof. This business has put a lot more pressure on him.

  • POSTED BY Whatsgoinoffoutthere on | March 1, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Well done Swanny, right on the money there.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 1, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    @milepost on (March 1, 2014, 7:10 GMT) Prior was definitely in the dressing room for (I reckon) all but 2 tests and was probably in the dressing room (around the set up) for the tests where he was dropped so I'd say he knows more than every commenter and every journalist put together about what has gone on. Re FFL going missing - I noticed a few Aus posters going missing on the thread on the last day of the last SA/Aus test. Guess it takes one to know one

    @64blip on (February 28, 2014, 13:55 GMT) He hasn't said all that has he? I'm guessing you were in the dressing room all the time and can confirm exactly what KP was like , what he said/did etc ? No , didn't think so. Would you say kind words about KP if he said you weren't good enough to play for the team?

  • POSTED BY markatnotts on | March 1, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    @JG2704, yep I find it funny about India. Mind you it is the second most common excuse when England win a test series against anyone. The next most common is 'the ball swung excessively'!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 1, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    @jb633 on (February 28, 2014, 17:01 GMT) Difficult to comment without knowing what went on behind closed doors but unless what KP has done is totally unforgivable I still say they could have just dropped/rested him from a series before the dust settles. My main point is that if KP said what he was alleged to have said about Prior - why should Prior be subtle about KP?

    @Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (March 1, 2014, 7:24 GMT) India seem to be in transition everytime they lose to England but I do kind of agree with most of your post.

    @jonesy2isaBigot on (March 1, 2014, 9:57 GMT) You are right in the fact that if you read many of the comms on here you'd have thought that KP had single handedly won series and England don't lose with him in the side. You would have thought that KP averaged 70-80 vs Australia and not slightly less than 30 and only a few runs better than most of the batsmen and less than Ben Stokes who only scored 15 runs less in 2 inns less.

  • POSTED BY markatnotts on | March 1, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    I see the historical 'revisionists' are out in force again. According to 'severe cricket' England never won a test series without KP!

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | March 1, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Every dressing room no has been in has ended the same way.is that not the main point.also it was prior who was instrumental in helping no back after his team destroying texts.I think England made the right choice and no can have his vanity stroked by the vacuous Ipl sideshow

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | March 1, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    @Deuce03 Cook's captaincy is one-dimensional, and after a point it shows. He might be successful, as the numbers show, but you have to take into account that he beat teams like India and Australia which were in transition at that point. They didn't have established match winners and were not playing good cricket. The recent Ashes showed just how bad a captain Cook is. As soon as he was faced with a team with some fight, he became defensive and his team was blown away. He brings now ingenuity to the team. Clarke is a better captain as he can think on his feet and is not the management's puppet. Also, his captaining career is much longer than Cook's and he has led an Australian side through transition. England needs a new captain. One who brings fresh thinking into the camp. Morgan would be the prime candidate. He will also bring the X-Factor to England's batting. Also, Buttler needs to be tried in the test team.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | March 1, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    What would Prior know about the England dressing room now anyway, he's not in it. I think KP is justified in suggesting Prior hits the nets back at Sussex. He might want to work on his wicket keeping and PR skills as well.

  • POSTED BY m0se on | March 1, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    The only reason Prior was invited to do the Q&A was to ask about Pietersen. I don't think it was to ask him how much he misses his bike.

  • POSTED BY LancashireHotSpot on | March 1, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    I'm losing all respect I had for Matt Prior pretty rapidly. So the ECB want players to have the "honour and the pride" when playing for England and be "passionate about winning and performing"? Well I'd say that KP's obvious displays of commitment to playing for England for the last 9 years and stating his intention to play for at least another couple covers the first statement. And "winning and performing", well Matt how have your performances been of late? Or Alastair Cook's? The've been far below KP's performances so that covers the second statement. I'm with KP, more Sussex nets for Prior because at the moment he's slipping behind Bairstow and Buttler for me.

  • POSTED BY SevereCritic on | February 28, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    England was a mediocre team for years before KP. Despite being the founders of the game, they have never dominated the game at any point in cricketing history -- unlike the West Indies and the Aussies. A brief golden period during the KP era. And now England can go back to being a mediocre team like before.

  • POSTED BY mirandola on | February 28, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    You don't often get sensible comments - when you do, you'd be wise to publish them, or your 'fan-base' is going to turn into fools who can't even put a sentence together. Think about it - these people are not the future of international cricket, if it has one. Nor are they your future.

  • POSTED BY BailsRgo on | February 28, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Prior is being thoroughly disengenious here. Pieterson was not the only culprit in the Ashes nightmare - the whole team plus management were at fault, unaided by Cook's very poor captaincy. Hopefully Prior will never play for England again and that fine 'team' player Jos Buttler will take over the mantle and score more runs. ECB and Prior and Cook and others in total denial and blame mode.

  • POSTED BY lebigfella on | February 28, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    The whole episode is regrettable however a few things: 1. Pietersen is a disruptive influence and a royal pain in the backside... sadly his irksome nature now outweighs his run scoring... possibly harsh but we'll never know what went on in the changing room 2. Prior should aim to get back in the team and not wax lyrical about KP... he may have a point but best to keep things to himself 3. While Cook is an awesome batsman he is a very one dimensional, predictable & text book type captain... we need to adapt to conditions, match situations and be innovative against the best teams... I fear he is not the best choice 4. Further to points 1, 2 & 3 who have we got as alternatives? 5. The next few transitional months/seasons may be very very tough I sincerely hope the management have got this right

  • POSTED BY Deuce03 on | February 28, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    I'm always amazed by the short memories (or perhaps KP-tinted-glasses) of those criticising Cook's captaincy. He's captained England in five series (not counting one against Bangladesh) and won three of them, including an away win in India, losing only one. He's also been successful as ODI captain, winning around 60% of his matches. Meanwhile Clarke, who we're often told is the best captain in the world, has won only half his Test series in charge, and his ODI record with a win rate of 65% is not significantly better than Cook's.

    Cook's captaincy has never been exciting but until this winter it was highly effective: before the latest Ashes he had only lost one Test! Ditching him now would not only be a knee-jerk and spiteful move, it would also be a pointless and foolish one.

  • POSTED BY CUPULW on | February 28, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    Cook used to be a very good bat, before the weight of captaincy affected his time at the crease. Though England won in England , it was apparent that their wins were more to do with luck than domination of the opposition. Issue with Cook is he is not a tactically astute skipper , very few are in England. The odd balls like Botham , Freddie , KP never got enuf time or backing to be a little crazy. The game is very copy-book and risk averse for England. Sometimes there are guys who may be very good captains if given a chance. Shane Warne is the best captain OZ never had. In that sense KP could have become a great captain but then he did not get the time. I think Michael V wanted KP to be at least VC. He understood the maverick in KP would work to balance the safety first in Cook. everything beccame regimental for them, after a while too easy to counter. Funny thing is i would have made swann my skipper , but then he did not have the fight.

  • POSTED BY paulmatkj on | February 28, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Saf Sofi says: " Without KP = Dressing room = Rubbish".....why would you say that?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 28, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Without KP = Dressing room = Rubbish

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | February 28, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    @JG207, Yeah I did watch that, was interesting to hear most ex players and pundits go against the ECB consesus.

    Re Cook's captaincy, exactly what else would Prior be able to say? He is probably best served to keep quiet and just score some runs. The best way to answer any critic is just perform on the field. The rest of it should take care of itself.

  • POSTED BY Hello13 on | February 28, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    As much as I love watching KP bat, I think we have to have some perspective. He's fallen out with a lot of people now. Probably best for England to move on.

  • POSTED BY cloudmess on | February 28, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    Generally a player gets dropped if he's not at the time good enough for a team. Prior was dropped. So you can't say KP was wildly off the mark. I'm sure KP was blunt and tactless and said it in the wrong way. But it's typical of the England team recently that no-one is allowed to express an honest opinion. A little more plain-speaking in the dressing room might have done a world of good.

  • POSTED BY 2929paul on | February 28, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Nobody should be commenting on the post KP team and its performances until we have seen it perform. Today is their first opportunity, then the World T20, then the tests in the summer.

    As for KP himself, he was disrespectful to team mates throughout his England career, even to the extent (allegedly) of moving his return flight home to England to a scheduled playing day of the Sydney Test, assuming England would not last the distance. If you want to continue watching him, there will be plenty of opportunities in the IPL and various other domestic T20 competitions around the world. If he's as good as some people think he is, whoever he plays for will win the competition they're in.

  • POSTED BY southstoke49 on | February 28, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Prior is just trying to get back into the side. Obviously being Cook's mate is far more important than anything trivial such as making runs or taking catches.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 28, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    @jb633 on (February 28, 2014, 13:44 GMT) Did you see The Verdict program re the KP sacking on Sky? If not please read my comms re this.

    Re Cook's captaincy - I dont like it but maybe he is a good man manager (except with KP of course). I guess you have to publicly back your captain even if you have reservations about him

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | February 28, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    The furore about Pieterson's departure was starting to die down, but Prior decided that this would be a good time to reignite the flames. To what end? Can't help thinking that there is an element of opportunism here, Matty.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 28, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    @dreamliner on (February 28, 2014, 11:56 GMT) You say about disrespectful but respect is a 2 way street and if KP said about Prior what it was rumoured he said then that is no less disrespectful from the icon.

    As for him being head and shoulders above everyone else he has averaged within a few runs of Cook,Trott and Bell over recent years so I wouldnt say that is true.In Australia he was the highest run scorer but 13 ahead of Carberry and 15 more than Stokes who played 2 inns less and there were several others who were within a few runs of him in the averages so it's hardly like he performed well and the others were abysmal. He was just less abysmal than the rest.

    BTW - I would not have called an end to his career

    @din7 on (February 28, 2014, 12:47 GMT) If you are playing the "because of his nationality" card then how come Trott is being backed by everyone in the England set up?

  • POSTED BY 64blip on | February 28, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    So Pietersen didn't value playing cricket for England and showed no honour or pride while doing so. Further he didn't care if he or the team won or even performed well. Meanwhile, Alistair Cook is a phenomenal cricketer and bloke, respected by all who know him. He has been subjected to incredibly unfair critiscism and, once he has overcome the obstacle of being too nice a bloke, will make a great captain.

    After reading that I hope Matt Prior never plays for England again.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | February 28, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    KP is box office, I hated him piling on the runs against us but he was awesome, he had flair and what some call arrogance might be otherwise called confidence. You almost secretly didn't want him to get out. He will be remembered for his playing, not for his stats. Who is going to want to watch England play their stodgy brand of snail cricket? I can't believe they have dropped not only their best player but also their most commercially appealing one. It just keeps getting worse and worse for England. As @Front-Foot-Lunge would say (if he hadn't gone into hiding), normal service has resumed.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | February 28, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    @JG207, I would say either aspect. Remember that it was Prior that wanted KP back in the side before the Indian series. I was primarily speaking of Cook's captaincy because even Prior must know he has been an awful leader to date. I look Cook a lot and wont write him off but he must improve. I would very much like Prior back in the side though. He had a bad year but he is a class cricketer.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 28, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding on (February 28, 2014, 10:52 GMT) I don't know much about Warne's career but from what I gather most of his controversial antics were off field and didn't involve his fellow players. Maybe I'm wrong here and someone will educate me

    @Vinod_Fab on (February 28, 2014, 11:26 GMT) If rumours are true and KP said MP was not good enough to be in the side then I'd hardly call that respectful - esp when you consider how supportive MP was of getting KP back in the team. I still think there is room for him in the dressing room in the SFs - esp the next 2 series where AC and MP are not involved rather than sever all ties but that's the way they've gone

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 28, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    @Yevghenny on (February 28, 2014, 11:56 GMT) He has said the dressing room WILL BE happier without KP in it and not IS happier without him in it because none of the team have shared a dressing room with KP since the Ashes. I suggest that not one person commenting knows what has gone on behind closed doors. As I have published before - on The Verdict program on Sky sorces said that KP publicly said something along the lines of "Prior is not good enough"

    Now even if you think such things , as a teammate you surely should not be saying such things about a fellow teammate. Also (if said) then out goes the window any loyaly Prior has/had for KP

    @JB - What do you think he is lying about bud? The dressing room or Cook's captaincy?

    @PrasPunter on (, 8:49 GMT) They (the players) all won series and all lost series.I'm not even sure when KP (pre last Ashes) was the best batsman on display for England and even in the last series it wasnt as though KP averaged well and the rest poorly

  • POSTED BY ReyKhan on | February 28, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Such a shame to see KP out off England cricket team. He was the leading run scorer for England in the ashes. Best England batsman i have seen in the last 15 years. Really dont understand why the ecb did that to him. KP i salute you, play for county and in IPL and show ECB what they have missed out on. Prior is a 2 faced man, he is a disgrace!!

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on | February 28, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    England would be better if without most of their players but KP isn't one of them. A keeper that can catch and make runs would be a start. Perhaps Prior should keep his mouth shut after an abysmal 18 months that finally saw him dropped.

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | February 28, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    My problem with Prior speaking out, Yorkshire Pudding, is that it shows a lack of public responsibility. No evidence has been produced by the ECB - and all the players involved - including KP - seem to be restrained by an agreement of protocol. This means that he is attacking a man who can't defend himself in the proper way. It is quite a slur to suggest that Pietersen didn't care about England winning. I would say that KP's criticism of the coach/captain suggested the very opposite. I just think it is bad form to attack a player whose career has been wrecked as a scapegoat (in my opinion to cover up poor practices in the coaching and captaincy). Even if you regard him as a trouble maker why take the opportunity to put the knife in? It is very rare to denigrate a former team mate. Prior is showing very poor judgment. It might impress Cook (I doubt it). It sounds like someone sounding off. Vice Captain? Forget it. He's not even in the England team. What example is this to young players?

  • POSTED BY din7 on | February 28, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    well said prior! slowly and gradually all eng players are losin my respect....if any1 tries to save prior of these comments..dont know what to say him....he said clearly "passionate about England winning and performing." he means KP wasnt? the guy because of whom they won t20 wc, series in india and numerous tests wasnt passionate abt winnin...havent heard of such disrespect..really feelin bad for kP....no doubt he made mistakes...when he tried to change....these mediocre englisg players dont want him just because hes not english...same thing again eng never deserved KP...what did he got after all his career...a mediocre member of side says they never wanted him in their side...and he was the only problem eng lose in aus? dont want to see eng winnin any more matches and thankfullly they wont...2015 WC is already over for them!

  • POSTED BY md111 on | February 28, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    This whole thing for any England fan is obviously disappointing. While the whole Pietersen factor doesn't go back this far I really do go back to when Cook was made the ODI captain. He should have been left to make runs and break records the way he had been doing up until then. Now the pressure of captaincy has caught up with him and maybe one of our greatest run getters will never fully recover from this. Such a shame

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot_lunge on | February 28, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Prior's loyalties are on show here. He's buttering up Cook, the incumbent captain, to make sure he has some cricketing currency left when he tries and resurrects his career from the cellar which the Australian cricket team (via Mitchell Johnson) sent it during the last horrific ashes series.

    If Cook was removed as Captain (as many people wanted after such a humbling tour), and KP re-installed, then I am sure Prior would be no doubt vocalising his admiration for KP.

    A few people would call it pragmatism. Many more call it something akin to your nose being the shade of chocolate.

    With an ongoing soap opera like this, Winter is coming for England.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | February 28, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Since picking up the MVP award in the spring Prior has suddenly seen his career plummet and now he has disappeared without trace. Perhaps the award gave him a spur to show he was really just a load of jelly beans when it came to it.His comment shere I would rank with the cooments by Gove and Farage about WW1-ie not really good taste at all. As for Cook,he better served as simply a batsman and the sooner he is no longer captain the better.He is the worst captain I have seem in an England role and I find him creepy. The next MVP award should not be given to a player but the long suffering England fanbase who put up with the England team and its pathetic infighting. They say the testosterone levels in men are going down. Here is an example.

  • POSTED BY dreamliner on | February 28, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Quite disrespectful towards an icon who has scored more English runs and won more matches for England than than most of his counterparts, in particular the recent ones making these excuses.

    IMO his ousting was a deflection coup orchestrated in retaliation to his loss of form in the Ashes and executed by the under pressure coaches, selectors and certain players. Would England have dared to remove him on the same grounds if he had scored a few more centuries in Oz and won a couple of test matches?

    Irrespective of his temperament, his record demonstrates his superior skill and England were missed a trick; the under performers around him could have learned from his skills rather than reject him for yet more 'Chi' in the dressing room for sensitive and out of form players who are not worth their contracts (couldn't say the same for KP though). Looking frustratingly forward to the expected benefits of an England team (on the pitch and not in the dressing room) without KP.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | February 28, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    @Yevghenny on (February 28, 2014, 9:12 GMT) But he still hasn't said what went on in the dressing room so he's not really disclosing any private details ===

    He is coming out and saying the dressing room is now a much better place! Ie. Pietersen is very disruptive, even though Swann thought completely differently. He has put the spotlight squarely on pietersen, instead of leaving it as a matter for the selectors and saying something like " we all need to look out our own form, dressing rooms tend to look after themselves when the team performs" - all this public relations garbage does nobody any favours.

  • POSTED BY Bambazonke on | February 28, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    'Passionate about winning and performing' So why didn't the England team do that in Australia? Oh that's right-it was all KP's fault. If that is true it tells you all you need to know about the character of each team member who all seem sadly lacking in honour, passion and pride. If KP recklessly threw his wicket away why didn't other team members step up to the plate and put in match winning performances? In fact, Prior, why didn't you put in a match winning performance to demonstrate your honour pride and passion or is that too much to ask? Show the cricketing public your passion and don't talk about it-frankly you are hoist by your own petard.

  • POSTED BY 2929paul on | February 28, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    @liz1558 You are the one saying it's all KP's fault. England are the ones saying that changes need to be made. They have dropped Prior, sacked Flower and told KP to sling his hook. Prior has room to make a comeback. Cook is being given room to improve his captaincy. What his media skills have to do with his tactical abilities, I'm not sure.

    The England Lions are being given a lot of scrutiny at the moment as the search is on for the next group of young players to come into the team. I think they are planning for 2015 and beyond now. By then, it was always going to be the case that KP, Swann (and Anderson) would have gone anyway, so this has just brought the transition plan forward.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 28, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Prior should realize that talking name wouldn't keep him in the team for long. He is just being nice to Cook to get a chance to be in the team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 28, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    seems like prior is suggesting that England is henceforth going to set the world ablaze with their performances now that their prime distraction called pietersen is thrown out! come on Matty! let's see how many 100s you score from now on !

  • POSTED BY Vinod_Fab on | February 28, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Matty has to support Cook in order to retain his place in the squad,that's why he came with such a disastrous comment saying "dressing room will be better without KP".. Matty very well knows that his place is in danger as Jos and Johny is doing reasonably well..!!. Just a hour before i saw a tweet from KP-------" Fewer Q&A's, more Sussex nets methinks, @MattPrior13! #josbuttler " .. KP has massive respect for Matty,Jos and Stokes but what he gets in return from matty is this disconcerning thing..!!. Anyways "A NEW ERA WITHOUT KP" gonna start from today,now they can experiment anything,they can saw that we have young players to bolster ENG side.!!. New ERA is not only for ENG cricket,it's for ENG coach,management and supporters like us.. :( :( .. Hope ENG realise the importance of KP before 2015 WC. I feel 2015 will be history in the making or history in the breaking for ENG.. It all depends upon the sense of management..!!

  • POSTED BY 2929paul on | February 28, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    To anyone commenting from countries other than England, if your cricket boards wish to change their qualification criteria and rush through KP's status so that he can play for them, then as far as I'm concerned, you're welcome to him. And if other countries are so good at managing players, why are there always people coming onto these boards moaning about selection issues in their teams because of the captain having preferences for one over another?

    As for performance, one man does not win a series, nor does he lose one. England's successes in the past have been collectively down to Cook, Trott, Bell and KP (occasionally) with the bat, Prior with gloves and bat, Swann, Anderson and (recently) Broad with the ball. Similarly, their failures have been a collective responsibility. KP was dumped because he is a disruptive influence (polite version) and his powers are waning.

  • POSTED BY liz1558 on | February 28, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    The England team seem to have come to the view that everything is solved by axing KP. It all sounds a bit delusional. So the loss of form of Prior, Trott, Swann, Anderson, Bell, Cook, was all down to the corrosive effects of KP on the dressing room. And everything (including Cook's lack of leadership) will be resolved by throwing the Jonah overboard. Why on earth is Cook not on a two match probation as captain? His media skills are non-existent, all his decisions were made by the boss, and his form has gone to the dogs. Presumably all of these things were KPs fault.

  • POSTED BY noplay on | February 28, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    Of course Cook will score the most runs for an Englishman in test cricket, Mr. Prior. Pietersen is no longer playing.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | February 28, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    He has to say that, of course he does. The whole world knows he is lying but what else can Prior say? Prior is a cricketer we must get back in the side as soon as possible. He was woeful agains Aus but he is a top player. I hope he can sort his form out early season and force his way back into the test side.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | February 28, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    @jackiethepen, I think that is one way, however the other way is to consdier that over the last few years KP's attention has turned further away from playing for england, and more interested in playing in the T20 leagues.

    A lot of comments past and present say that KP is like Warne, except that I dont remember Warne texting derogatory comments to opposition players about his captain, or causing mayhem in the dressing rooms, even in FC cricket.

    you might also have had a point if this was the first example, but hes regularly blown a fuse through his england career, First known was with Moores, then it was with Strauss, then on the recent tour. No smoke without fire.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 28, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Did anyone see the verdict special on Sky shortly after the news of KPs axing.

    A journalist said that among other reasons KP had said that Prior should not be in the side.

    Now that is really going to hurt Prior - who was the one man who kept in contact with KP after textgate when KP seemingly had no allies in the dressing room. So if true , can anyone blame Prior for saying it will be a happier dressing room without KP?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 28, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    @Lord_mac on (February 28, 2014, 8:55 GMT) Still think they could have kept the door open even if long term they wanted to build without KP. He could have played the 2 SF series (where he'd spend less time with players - most of who were not involved in the Ashes) and see how it goes and then been dropped/rested from the SL series and they could then reassess things after the SL series?

    @Yevghenny on (February 28, 2014, 9:12 GMT) But he still hasn't said what went on in the dressing room so he's not really disclosing any private details

    @dogcatcher on (February 28, 2014, 9:48 GMT) Please tell me what could possibly be libellous in what Prior said? If he gives examples of unprofessionalism which are untrue then there is a case.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 28, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    @disco_bob on (February 28, 2014, 5:00 GMT) You also have to balance out that KP may well be a different person 9 years on and also equate that in that Indian series Cook with the bat and Swann/Monty with the ball were England's main men

    @Andre2 on (February 28, 2014, 7:01 GMT) I'm unsure whether KP is the same player now but I'd like them to have not burnt all their bridges re shorter formats. Just wonder if they could have selected him for the WI series and T20WC even if they had no intention of playing him in the tests vs SL/India, Obviously if he is a mare in WI then axe him from the WC etc

    @Stumay on (February 28, 2014, 7:59 GMT) How is Prior telling tales here? He's just saying he feels it will be a happier dressing room without him when asked a direct question. Would you prefer him to say no if he didn't mean it?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 28, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    So when KP performs it's not a team effort? Is that KP fault? When Prior fails it's a team effort? What you mean by dressing room better? You mean more equally failed people in one room? Do you play cricket in the dressing room? How are you out there in the field without KP? Prior wouldn't know that bcse every time KP scored his big hundreds Prior didn't even get his chance to bat that's why prior thinks dressing room is more important than the ground!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 28, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Big failure Prior. What did you ever do for England? Failure on and off the field.

  • POSTED BY Westmorlandia on | February 28, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    @dogcatcher - Prior's record has nothing to do with what KP was like in the dressing room. In fact, Pietersen's record has nothing to do with what KP was like in the dressing room. You say that "No one has ever questioned his professionalism or commitment or passion for playing for England", but actually loads of people have done this, fairly or not. It has nothing to do with his record.

    Whether England are right or wrong to get rid of KP, obviously there is a dressing room problem, and KP has been involved in many of those in his time.

  • POSTED BY 2929paul on | February 28, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    It is documented that KP has bad mouthed, amongst others, Sky commentator and former England international Nick Knight; his Head Coach Peter Moores, in a "him or me" situation; England team mates James Taylor and Michael Carberry; his captain, Andrew Strauss; various team mates at clubs and counties around the world.

    Matthew Prior is respected by everyone who knows him for his dedication and loyalty. (Likewise Alistair Cook and Andy Flower.) For him to be talking in this way demonstrates how little regard the dressing room have for KP and suggests at what else must have gone on in Australia.

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | February 28, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Prior seems to be demonstrating that he is more concerned about his own selection than the reputation of others. Prior was dropped because he had a run of about ten Tests when he didn't perform. That was generous. What he seems to be saying is that Cook needs propping up, so might put a word in for him . Was it really necessary to claim that KP showed no team spirit because he became critical? Those that care about England all became critical of the way things were being run. If anything it shows that KP did care enough to speak out. If you disagree with that point of view - well that's up to you - but to say another player was lacking team spirit because they spoke out is just nonsense. England always boasted there was honestly in the dressing room. Prior is loyal to his captain, but his remarks about KP are uncalled for given the player has had his career ended without much evidence except KP wasn't impressed by the coaching of Flower and the captaincy of Cook. For good reason.

  • POSTED BY Bambazonke on | February 28, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Hang on-didn't Prior lead KP's successful reintegration? and let's take a look at being passionate about winning and performing. Well KP was the only one who performed in Australia relative to the 10 other players. The 10 others didn't win nor perform. In other words they weren't passionate. But hang on, the reason for 10 woeful performances and England losing was all because of KP (notwithstanding his successful reintegration) Prior is a political creature who I would never want in my team. He was instrumental in a dressing team meeting for players to be candid. When KP did just that Prior scurried off to Flower and 'told on him'

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 28, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    @Simoc on (February 28, 2014, 9:42 GMT) I thought it was Prior who kept in contact with KP after the textgate axing and was a big part in his reintegration. I'd say he showed the opposite traits of a backstabber there and also I reckon Prior would have said anything that he's said here to KPs face or maybe you think Prior should not be entitled to his opinion because he has been in such poor form of late?

    @Vivekaks on (February 28, 2014, 4:06 GMT) Prior too plays in a fearless way. I'd also say that the whole England side (batting anyway and inc KP) have played with fear over recent years.

    @wapuser on (February 28, 2014, 4:50 GMT) Unless KP has a Bradmanesque last few years of form and Cook's career winds down earlier than expected there would be little likelihood of KP scoring more test runs than Cook - as much because Cook started his England career at an earlier age as anything else. Nice conspiracy theory though

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | February 28, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Can anyone name a captain who began as a poor one and ended up as a good one? I'd feel more inclined to subscribe to Prior's opinion about Cook's captaincy potential if someone can come up with a name. Genuine captaincy just cannot be inculcated or taught. Prior's loyalty is, however, admirable.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 28, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Despite Prior's comms - and I buy them here - I still wonder if ending KP's career was a little drastic here. We're not sure who KP has fallen out with here but it's pretty much confirmed that Cook and Prior were 2 but was there anyone else? If there was any fallout with Broad then it seemed he was willing to work through it as he went on record saying that he wanted KP in the T20WC squad. So with Cook and Prior playing no part in the ODI series in WI and the T20WC I'm wondering if he couldnt have been involved in these series and then play it by ear from there. Maybe rest/drop him from the SL series which may have been good for both parties. The Ashes was a long demoralising tour and any frictions/tensions are much more likely to come to a head in such circumstances than in a shorter shorter formats series. Not against dropping KP over such matters but ending a career is different

  • POSTED BY dogcatcher on | February 28, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    If I were Prior I would read a bit lightly. Libellous statements like those may not be missed by Pietersens lawyers. No one has ever questioned his professionalism or commitment or passion for playing for England. He may not have been a team man or seen eye to eye with management or the skipper but to suggest KP lack commitment to team success or was not passionate about England Mr Prior shows how shallow you have become and despearte to maintian your own status quo. Records speak more than you do. Top England scorer of all time cut down whilst still achieving. Enough said!

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | February 28, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    And what an abysmal failure Prior was in Australia. Mr Jellyback got out every time the going got tough. Here he demonstrates what a weak team player he is as well. England need to move on from a weak on field and off field performer like Prior. He is yesterdays man for whom backstabbing is now his specialist pursuit.

  • POSTED BY pardo on | February 28, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Oh come on Gavin Shillingford - can we stop with this nonsese about Prior being a Saffer. He came to England at 11, grew up here, went to secondary school here, learned his cricket here and has never played cricket for a South African team at any level as far as I can see. The fact that he was born there no more makes him a Saffer than the fact that Cliff Richard was born in Lucknow makes him Indian.

    As for what Prior is saying - fair enough that he's fed up with KP under the circumstances. Personally I think it's a shame that a talent like KPs wasn't managed better but that is a two way street. Like Ryder for NZ there are only so many second chances you can give a guy who keeps messing up - no matter how talented he is.

    I disagree with Prior about Cook's captaincy but there really isn't an alternative.

  • POSTED BY crockit on | February 28, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Anyone who keeps maintaining their is no issue with Pieterson needs to be reminded that he has had issues with not just England (twice) but also Nottinghamshire and Hampshire. This not proof that he is unmanageable but it is strong evidence that he is at least very difficult to manage. We need to keep the Cook issue separate. Captaincy is about cultivating the right team ethos and tactical nous. Both can be cultivated but really once one becomes a test captain one should be good at both - Cook seems weak at the latter

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 28, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Prior cant seem to win here.

    I like the fact that a player has come out and said how he feels rather than just come out with the BS about rebuilding for the future and regardless of whether I agree or not I respect Prior for this. What people dont seem to equate here is that none of us (educated guess here) have shared a dressing room with KP so none of us have much idea of what goes on behind closed doors and by Prior is saying that it will be a happier dressing room without him , he is not saying that the team will be better without KP in it but is saying the dressing room will be happier and I suggest on that score Prior is better qualified than anyone on here to comment. We must also remember that it was Prior who was the main man in getting the wheels turning re he reintegration into the side and without Prior that may not have happened. The talk on a Sky verdict program was that KP had fallen out big time with Cook and Prior and so it would seem.

  • POSTED BY EdGreen on | February 28, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Seems to be something rather nasty and mean spirited that crawls into the psyche of cricket teams. The Aussies got pulped in the summer, and came back, SA in the first test and came back - this England side has just dissolved into a mess of 'issues', retirements and recriminations.

    It may be worth noting that KP left Australia at the end of the test series - they continued to be a rabble throughout the One dayers and T20s.

  • POSTED BY dlpthomas on | February 28, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Prior's comments are unnecessary and do him no credit what so ever. So here's a few comments in the same spirit a) a complete lack of a backbone is probably a benefit to a wicket-keeper; b) some brown stuff on the end of your nose is a small price to pay if you get your old job back; c) Cook has played over 100 tests. If he can't captain a side by now, he'll never be able to.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | February 28, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Poor comments from Prior. They like to talk about what goes on in the dressing room stays in the dressing room, and here they are all lining up to stick the boot in, all this after Swann wrote he was bemused why Pietersen was dropped despite never being the best of mates

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | February 28, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 : The fact that you call Carberry a 'youngster' says a lot about your theory and cricket knowledge in general.

  • POSTED BY Charlie101 on | February 28, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    KP has been axed but those responsible in the dressing room ( Cook and Prior) will have to perform because the media / press will be calling for their heads if England do not win .

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 28, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    KP is the best player in the England team.without kp England can't win a match.

  • POSTED BY markatnotts on | February 28, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Yet another article, provoking the usual drivel from many people. Regarding England's win in the 2010 WT20, yes KP was awarded man of the tournament but in reality it was Englands bowling that won it. We often had easy chases as the bowling had strangled the opposition. KP didn't even play at least one of the games! Like with the man of the tournament in the WC '96 being incorrectly awarded (it should have gone to DeSilva), it could have gone to someone like Sidebottom or Swann.

  • POSTED BY Lord_mac on | February 28, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    I know I'd rather have Prior in my dressing room than KP - look at all the history. It's not just the last Ashes series, it's KZN, Nottinghamshire, Textgate - even a small club in Birmingham. He has been disruptive wherever he has gone.

    Whether that means England will win more games in the short term is debatable, but at least they will now have an environment where they can rebuild from the bottom with youth. And that *will* be better long-term.

    Meanwhile, KP's style of play has been found out by astute captains like Clarke who can set fields to stifle him and bowling plans to play on his ego. As his powers diminish with age, he has become more vulnerable to them and is already past his best.

    The ECB made the right decision, but handled it very clumsily.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | February 28, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    While Aus dealt with the persona of a certain SK Warne, Eng struggled with KP !! He won series, trophies and accolades for them and now they seem to find it better without him !! Nice !!

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | February 28, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    The survivors now know they have to praise the ECB and the captain or end up like KP.

    et tu Matty?

  • POSTED BY Harlequin. on | February 28, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Ah yes, take the easy pot-shot; 'KP doesn't care about England' the guy didn't grow up in England after all... I'm not buying that one, he may not have been part of the 'cult of Flower', but I don't believe that he didn't care about winning.

    As for the comments about Cook as a captain; to me, captains are born and not made. A run machine he may be, but an inspiring and exciting captain he is not, and it speaks volumes for the mentality of the English set-up that they believe they can teach someone the gut-instinct and flair that is required.

    Boring times ahead.

  • POSTED BY RoBoBobster on | February 28, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    I wonder if, being a team man Prior doesn't think there's any way back for KP and reckons he needs to make sure Cook gets the support within the dressing room. If so he deserves serious kudos for risking his neck in front of the public, if not I for one am very dissapointed.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 28, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Wow I guess they are not mate anymore. There me thinking these two as fellow South Africans would stick together. Talk about throw a former mate under the bus.

  • POSTED BY Stumay on | February 28, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    For somebody that was apparently so hard to get on with and apparently had few friends in the dressing room, the rest of them really can't stop talking about Mr. Pietersen can they? From what we've been told over the last few weeks, trust and unity were key parts of that England team but now some of them are more than happy to tell tales and speak out against one of their former teammates. It all smacks of a desperation to distance themselves from the Ashes thrashing and try to convince the public that it was all Pietersen's fault not their's. If I was Matt Prior, I'd be more concerned with trying to score a few runs rather than raking over old ground again, because quite frankly, he did nothing over the last two Ashes series and it might be said that the England team could be better without him.

  • POSTED BY HebrideanBlack on | February 28, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Passion without talent is not going to win you games Mr. Prior.

  • POSTED BY Malik_Murad on | February 28, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Prior's comments are extremely unnecessary at this point in time. This will again open a Pandora Box for no reason at all.

  • POSTED BY Andre2 on | February 28, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Fact : K. Pietersen was "man of the tournament" of the ONLY worldwide event that England cricket team has ever won : the ICC T20 ! I am doubtful that England is a better team without KP.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 28, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    Oh c'mon! I'm sure he's exaggerating now.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | February 28, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Engalnd will be losing badly now onwards. Unless they get rid of prior. All dogs in chinese astrology are useless annoying trouble makers. They are good drama queen. If you see any TV drama they will be there. They are good at arguing endlessly without any purpose.

  • POSTED BY varmasbest on | February 28, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    I guess , the England dressing room would be awesome without prior in. Kp is just a great entertainer ENGLAND has ever ahead to loose him just before 2 major tournaments , just adds to England woes.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | February 28, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    So this explains the KP saga.KP was anyway too o/rated and wont be much of a loss.Youngsters like Carberry,Stoke etc showed they are as talented as KP.They also perf. well in Aus in the few games in toughest conditions-vs worlds best attack at home.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | February 28, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Nothing wrong in Prior's statement,1 every1 can trust/believe coming as it is from the 'horses mouth' of sorts -hes been a part of the DR for quite a while,knows better than most I'wd assume.With him revealing all the mystery is cleared.ECBs vindicated !

  • POSTED BY rezmata on | February 28, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Does Prior mean its better because its Empty? In less than a month England lost players on grounds of: Swann & Trott on stress, Finn,Panesar, Bairsaw and Prior himself on poor form, Flower on negative coaching, KP on socially not acceptable. Whos next? Ashly Giles after the WI tour?

  • POSTED BY SirBobJones on | February 28, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Poor KP, I feel bad for him.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | February 28, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    So it is now clear that Prior is the one who took it to Flower the rants of KP against the latter ?? What doest that speak about Prior himself ? Wouldn't the dressing room be better without Prior as well ? This guy has lost trust and respect !!

  • POSTED BY mvkk on | February 28, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    coming from a guy who contributed nothing in runs commenting about people who can win games for England, huh.....Anybody who watched Cook captaincy can understand that he is not somebody who wants to try something out of the book/dressing room tactics.....Bowling changes clearly demonstrate that, no matter how the conditions or how the other team is going, the bowling order would be set, better learn young and quick

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | February 28, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Rather a silly comment by Prior because whatever supposed negative effects of KP you have to balance that with the positive effects that winning the Ashes had on the England dressing room after his series winning 158 knock at the oval, and his more recent 186 that secured a first ever series win in India. The flow on effect of the Ashes went on for many years. And Prior is equating that to what, a bit of eccentric nonsense from someone who was never handled properly? KP was their highest run maker in the recent obliteration, did Prior expect KP to bail out the entire team?

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 28, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Prior stop doing the banter on kp but try to get back into the side. Kp was English best player in the history. Cook worried that he can't overtake kp at the rate of cooks scoring. So he chose the negative move by axing kp. England won many series with present of kp. Will be struggling to win many matches. If I was England cPtain the kp would be the first name on my sheet.

  • POSTED BY Malvino on | February 28, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    Thinking of my office, there's no way I would be effective without privacy and trust. Meetings would be lectures and productivity would fall to zero without honest and constructive feedback.

    I do hope we start regain these things in England now and haven't lost a great batsman for no reason.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 28, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    wait mr prior, you are next to be dumped though the whole world is taking it as a blessing to have the services of kp in their respective leagues

  • POSTED BY test_cricket_lover on | February 28, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Pietersen is the first person to say that Cook has it in him to surpass Sachin's records a year back. He's a genuine person. Now these guys seem to be against Pietersen.

    Strong characters are required to win matches and Pietersen is one such character. England has seldom had that kind of character in sport itself - not just cricket.

    Managing a great character is a talent which England doesn't seem to have. They want him to be a match-winner at the same time being under their thumb. It's almost impossible for a genuine character like Pietersen to do that.

  • POSTED BY Vivekaks on | February 28, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Come on Prior...KP was and ever will be the best english player to have played cricket. About passion for england...i think he has had enough from the english media...he is a dynamic personality, leave it at that. let him talk as much as long as he is scoring runs. does it mean u can be proud about playing for england and not score runs, as you just did in Australia? You ought to know one thing, not everybody is nice and a team suffers only because of selfish players. I dont think KP was one such player. your team has become fearless only because the way KP plays. and you can draw pride only when you strive to win at any cost. I can see the writing on the wall, england will see a downward spiral. As about cook, he may break records, but what the heck opposition isnt scared of him. so you can keep cook till he is 40, but forget about winning. KP, we know you will make these guys eat a humble pie.

  • POSTED BY cricraz on | February 28, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Prior was terrible in the Ashes series and he should definitely be dropped as test keeper for England. By standing for Cook and Flower, he has certainly helped his cause. Prior is a " washed up" article. The only reason Cook will end up being the highest scorer for England is KP has been kicked out of England Cricket. Prior has helped himself to administrative position in ECB by kissing up even though his cricketing abilities have long deserted him

  • POSTED BY AHallinan on | February 28, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Stop whining and get on with trying to play cricket. The Aussies went through this crap before we lost in England. There's no need to bad mouth your ex team mates, you just sound like a whiney biatch.

    Make some runs and take some catches Prior

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | February 28, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Cricket should never be about who likes who. It is a sad fact that, at least in this case, it was. If he were younger, he could play for another country. What are the eligibility requirements for Bangladesh these days?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 28, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    kp is most successful player in England. .disagree with matt..kp is a match winner

  • POSTED BY ShutTheGate on | February 28, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    English fans wouldn't you prefer Jos Butler as the gloveman during your re-building process?

    I would.

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  • POSTED BY ShutTheGate on | February 28, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    English fans wouldn't you prefer Jos Butler as the gloveman during your re-building process?

    I would.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 28, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    kp is most successful player in England. .disagree with matt..kp is a match winner

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | February 28, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Cricket should never be about who likes who. It is a sad fact that, at least in this case, it was. If he were younger, he could play for another country. What are the eligibility requirements for Bangladesh these days?

  • POSTED BY AHallinan on | February 28, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Stop whining and get on with trying to play cricket. The Aussies went through this crap before we lost in England. There's no need to bad mouth your ex team mates, you just sound like a whiney biatch.

    Make some runs and take some catches Prior

  • POSTED BY cricraz on | February 28, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Prior was terrible in the Ashes series and he should definitely be dropped as test keeper for England. By standing for Cook and Flower, he has certainly helped his cause. Prior is a " washed up" article. The only reason Cook will end up being the highest scorer for England is KP has been kicked out of England Cricket. Prior has helped himself to administrative position in ECB by kissing up even though his cricketing abilities have long deserted him

  • POSTED BY Vivekaks on | February 28, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Come on Prior...KP was and ever will be the best english player to have played cricket. About passion for england...i think he has had enough from the english media...he is a dynamic personality, leave it at that. let him talk as much as long as he is scoring runs. does it mean u can be proud about playing for england and not score runs, as you just did in Australia? You ought to know one thing, not everybody is nice and a team suffers only because of selfish players. I dont think KP was one such player. your team has become fearless only because the way KP plays. and you can draw pride only when you strive to win at any cost. I can see the writing on the wall, england will see a downward spiral. As about cook, he may break records, but what the heck opposition isnt scared of him. so you can keep cook till he is 40, but forget about winning. KP, we know you will make these guys eat a humble pie.

  • POSTED BY test_cricket_lover on | February 28, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Pietersen is the first person to say that Cook has it in him to surpass Sachin's records a year back. He's a genuine person. Now these guys seem to be against Pietersen.

    Strong characters are required to win matches and Pietersen is one such character. England has seldom had that kind of character in sport itself - not just cricket.

    Managing a great character is a talent which England doesn't seem to have. They want him to be a match-winner at the same time being under their thumb. It's almost impossible for a genuine character like Pietersen to do that.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 28, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    wait mr prior, you are next to be dumped though the whole world is taking it as a blessing to have the services of kp in their respective leagues

  • POSTED BY Malvino on | February 28, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    Thinking of my office, there's no way I would be effective without privacy and trust. Meetings would be lectures and productivity would fall to zero without honest and constructive feedback.

    I do hope we start regain these things in England now and haven't lost a great batsman for no reason.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 28, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Prior stop doing the banter on kp but try to get back into the side. Kp was English best player in the history. Cook worried that he can't overtake kp at the rate of cooks scoring. So he chose the negative move by axing kp. England won many series with present of kp. Will be struggling to win many matches. If I was England cPtain the kp would be the first name on my sheet.