England news March 25, 2014

Pietersen was being 'honest' - Tremlett

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'Pietersen only voiced his opinion' - Tremlett

Kevin Pietersen was just being "honest" during the heated team meeting in Melbourne, which appeared to play a significant part in his being sacked after the tour of Australia, according to team-mate Chris Tremlett.

After losing the Ashes in Perth, the England players held a meeting among themselves, without the presence of team management, to try and map out a way forward. It has since emerged that Pietersen was among the most forthright at the meeting and the comments made their way back to Andy Flower.

Few confirmed facts are known about the reasons behind Pietersen's sacking due to confidentially clauses on both sides which will expire in October. It is believed that there was not one single incident that led Paul Downton, the managing director of England cricket, into the decision to end Pietersen's international career, but instead a number of smaller issues that built up to make the ECB decide that England's future was better off without him.

Tremlett, who remains a team-mate of Pietersen's at Surrey, said it was a "shame" that the batsman would no longer appear in England colours and hoped he would prove the decision wrong.

"I don't think he did anything wrong apart from voice his opinion," Tremlett said. "We had some honest chats and Kevin is a pretty honest character.

"When times are tough and you're in a squad like that, sometimes people find it hard to express themselves but Kevin isn't one of those people. He's not afraid to say what's going on or to tell it how it is.

"I don't know whether that is why Kevin has been shot down but it is a shame that he isn't able to play for England anymore… hopefully he goes out, scores lots of runs and proves England wrong."

Pietersen will be playing for a Surrey side now coached by his mentor Graham Ford, who believes the county's young batsmen will benefit hugely from playing alongside him.

"When they do get an opportunity to bat with him it will be a masterclass and a great chance to learn," he said.

"He's a good enough player to prove a point in any format. He'll certainly entertain and it will be great for the fans to come down and have a look at him and see just how good he is.

"Unfortunately he's got to move on from international cricket. The news was surprising. I don't really know what went on, but I have known Kevin for a long time and I've always found him to be a very positive individual and I'm sure he's going to be extremely positive in our dressing room.''

Pietersen's sacking was just one of the fall-outs of a horrific Australia tour for England which also brought the end of Flower's time as head coach, included Graeme Swann's mid-series retirement, saw Jonathan Trott return home after the first Test and had Steven Finn's form disappear to such an extent that he could not be selected.

Tremlett, who played the opening Test in Brisbane before carrying drinks for the rest of the series, was just glad when it all ended.

"The mood changed after the third Test," Tremlett said. "Communication wasn't as good as it should have been. It can be tough when you are losing like that and people are panicking; the team was changing all the time.

"Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann went home before the tour end, so it was the most disjointed tour I've been on. It was a bit of a disaster and I was quite thankful to leave at the end of it."

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  • Edward on March 27, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Chris would have been in those meetings - it shouldn't matter who hates who - you step over the boundary and you're in game mode. The ECB has effectively promoted the guy in charge of possibly the worst england winter season ever (given the quality of players available) - and sacked one of the best players.

    It goes beyond 'questions being asked' it should be in the realm of completely rebuilding the culture and staff at the top of the ECB.

  • David on March 27, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    @StJohn on (March 26, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

    Quite agree. And I do wonder if the ECB have taken into account the reaction from "supporters" they're going to get when England next take to the field because of this.

    With the cackhandedness of their behaviour, I doubt it.

  • Colin on March 27, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    It is all well and good people stating the facts from the sidelines but do we really know what happened in that dressing room? No! I would say that the fact that Prior, who has the broker in getting KP back into the set up after text gate last time, was so roundly set upon by Kevin and childishly mocked on social media, display KP's lack of class. I know he has given and taken it but the guy has a serious amount of previous! Almost every place he has played, he has clashed with people and been accused of being a bigtime charlie. I suspect that England have had his best years judging by his recent performances and his knee is probably best suited to the hit and giggle stuff these days. Sad it was so acrimonious but actually kudos to England for axing both KP AND Flower. It is all about the team and England, barring the odd result (e,g, last winter!) have been successful in all formats for the last 10 years through a great team ethic rather than individual flair. Onwards and upwards!

  • StJohn on March 26, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    KPgate continues...

    KP may have his flaws, but a professional organisation, whether it's a school, a company or a sports team, simply has to find a way to manage and use its talent. KPgate says more about a woeful failure of management and leadership, with a very strong hint of scapegoatism, than it does about KP himself. Truly dismal stuff from Cook, Flower, Downton, the ECB et al, which, sadly, rather turns me off supporting England.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    kp is the best betsman for england cricket team for ever and the way they played for england and performed is brillant shame to england cricket and allester cook that they lost the best palyer but i still believe that kp wiil coming back for england

  • Cricinfouser on March 26, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Cook is not a good captain and KP should be brought back. This looks like he was sacked for giving an honest opinion which just can't be right.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    If there are players who leaked the supposedly players-only meeting, surely that makes some of them suspect? Leaking a meeting when there is the implication of trust?

  • Moe on March 26, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    Thank god for T20 cricket and IPL that we will still see Pietersen after England. Hopefully in the IPL and Champions League for the next couple of years. Without the rigors of international cricket, I'm sure Pietersen will fade just like Hayden and Symonds did after a few years but at least this year, he will be focused. Will definitely miss Pietersen in ODIs and tests. Hopefully after the iron grip of Andy Flower has eased on English cricket, Pietersen can make a comeback. After the successful World T20 cup for England, his two banishment from English cricket has been right in front of the T20 tournaments. It would be amazing if Pietersen has a dream IPL this year and makes a comeback for England next year and then after being the highest test run getter for England and playing the 2016 World T20 for England, he retires.

  • Andrew on March 25, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    Falling out in teams is actually not that unusual. Rod Marsh & Dennis Lillee gave Kim Hughes a torrid time when he was captain. Warne fell out with Waugh & was no fan of Gilchrist. There was resentment at the chances Taylor had. Border was sending Mc Dermott home from the Ashes & if you think Pietersen is trouble try Greg Matthews (at least Pietersen can play). As regard to my earlier comment I regret the last sentence, but not the sentiment. England became smug & comfortable & thought they just had to turn up in Aus to win. e.g. Botham 5-0 & XYLO 6 mths is NOT spectacular. No Pietersen was hung out to dry to deflect from some poor performances. What happens in house should stay in house, yes Pietersen had form in this area (Strauss), but move on. It actually makes you wonder if individual comments are so stifled in the team, I'm not surprised Pietersen took to texting - venting his frustrations re: Strauss. I think Vaughan gave him an outlet & he needs one Flower didn't - too insecure

  • Clifford on March 25, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    crockit, anyone who wears their heart on their sleeve is easy to manage. KP appears to be an irrepressible chap. This means someone who is less like likely to plot or connive and more likely to be outspoken. You simply take him seriously, since there is little chance of an underlying motive, as you should do to any individual. In England we have specific ways of behaving, especially in higher classes, where cricket managers occupy and the likes of the ECB. Improper expression is frowned upon and passive aggressively dealt with. I grew up in an area of Berkshire where everyone behaved like Audrey Forbes-Hamilton and believe me that's no picnic. They believed they ran the world and I found out later some of them did, literally! Massive estates, Factories and other business interests, in America, Burma, Malaysia and others. They live in a different time and behave accordingly. Completely out of touch. KP would play on Sunday, share a pint, but never be invited to dinner. Sorry.

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