England news March 18, 2014

No going back over KP - Clarke

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, has said there is no going back to Kevin Pietersen, putting a line through any speculation of a potential England recall.

Clarke said the decision to sack Pietersen was a "brave one" as England look to rebuild following the disastrous Ashes tour and Andy Flower stepping down as team director. His message to England supporters clamouring for Pietersen's return was to "move on".

"Who plays for England is a matter for the national selectors and their decision was a brave one," Clarke told the Evening Standard. "You select your captain, you discuss what that captain requires, what he's looking for. He has to decide what that team is about and what needs doing. This is about the culture of the team."

Pietersen was sacked in February for breaking team ethics and the only possible path back into the national side would be via a new head coach who insisted on Pietersen's selection. Clarke appeared to have ruled out such a scenario.

"English supporters must move on. There isn't going to be any going back, that's for sure. The Ashes tour was a watershed.

"Your No. 3 batsman leaves the tour after the first Test. That's pretty cataclysmic, frankly. Then your world-class offspinner retires. You cannot stop men retiring even during a series. Then you lose the series. You've got to build a team. You're going to need to make changes."

Creating a new team ethic is at the heart of England's rebuilding, under new managing director Paul Downton, and Clarke is hoping English cricket can learn from rugby, where head coach Stuart Lancaster has led a revival.

"Lancaster has done a fantastic job," Clarke said. "In a very short space of time, he has sorted out English rugby. He's talked the language of teams that Paul Downton and I like very much.

"Paul said to me, 'If you look at the most successful sporting team over the last 100 years, of course, it is the All Blacks'. One of the fundamentals they live by is the team. You just don't get to play if you don't believe in it. In the end the team must matter."

Pietersen may have been judged to not believe in Team England anymore but the Delhi Daredevils feel he is the right man for them, appointing him as captain for the new IPL season. Delhi are coached by Gary Kirsten - seen by many as the outstanding candidate to become England's new head coach; Kirsten has ruled himself out of the running.

England will appoint a new head coach in May ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka but for the immediate future they enter their second World T20 running without the player who led them to their maiden global title in 2010, when Pietersen was Man of the Series in the Caribbean. Their preparations took a further blow with a crushing defeat to West Indies in their opening warm-up match in Fatullah.

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  • ruester on March 23, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Hmmm Giles Clarke doesn't at all sound pompous and patronizing to us poor England fans who demand that the best player we have is picked. Please move on Giles and take with you Cook as captain. Does anyone find it extraordinary that the head coach of our national team, left the job with hardly any interviews (if any!) Flower needs to front up and say why KP was so hard for him and Cook to manage.

  • nareshgb1 on March 23, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    so are they giving special "how to do a team spirited high five" training to the England team to foster the right culture? Gee....would be fun and hopefully they will get opportunities to exercise the whole darned thing on the field.

  • StJohn on March 20, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    KPgate continues. Interesting that Clarke says that cricket should learn from rugby when Sir Clive Woodward has said that he didn't think it was right to sack KP, that you have to find a way of managing and working with your best players and even when England won the rugby world cup in 2003 it wasn't all sweetness and light behind the scenes. If cricket is to learn from rugby, then it seems KP should be recalled.

  • StJohn on March 20, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Interesting that Clarke says that cricket should learn from rugby when Sir Clive Woodward has said that he didn't think it was righ to sack KP, that you have to find a way of managing and working with your best players and even when England won the rugby world cup in 2003 it wasn't all sweetness and light behind the scenes. If cricket is to learn from rugby, then it seems KP should be recalled.

  • android_user on March 20, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    without kp no cricket for England

  • kallis57 on March 20, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    Giles Clark, a grandfather clock in a digital age. KP was the highest scorer in Australia and second top scorer in England. Clark ignores the role of the selectors for some bizarre selections for the Ashes including the injured Tremlett Bresnan Rankin, the out of form Prior and Panesar and the un-selectable Finn. Not taking Onions and his 70 odd wickets was another joke. Cook is the worst captain I have ever seen on a cricket pitch, his field placings are both robotic and ultra defensive, his dislike of KP was obvious from the time he stuck him on the boundary.

  • wapuser on March 19, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    As long as this guy is at the helm of ECB and Ashley Giles the head coach, I can only see England team sliding down...it would be boring to watch too....what a losss for cricket fans everywhere.. I hope KP enjoys his time outside Int schedules.. All the best KP..

  • SpiritofPaynter on March 19, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    I look forward to supporting England regardless of who they play, but am pleased that they have shut the door, albeit two years too late. I will print off all the negative comments to amuse me in the autumn after a successful summer with the young bloods.

  • UndertheGrill on March 19, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    It's clear that Clarke views the England fans as an inconvenience to be barely tolerated. I personally can't wait for the rebuilding process at the ECB to begin, so that we can move on from Clarke once and for all.

  • Harvey on March 19, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Maybe it's not England cricket fans but Giles Clarke who needs to move on. Many of us haven't forgotten that the only reason England cricket has not yet been completely destroyed by his handiwork was the timely FBI investigation into the affairs of a certain Allen Stanford.

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