KP: The Autobiography October 6, 2014

'Dour' Flower, 'negative' Prior, 'company man' Cook

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kevin Pietersen's autobiography contains colourful accusations and revelations about the England set-up he used to inhabit. Here we collect some of the stand-out lines.

On his sacking by England:
"They needed a scapegoat, preferably someone big, boisterous and annoying. Somebody with a little history. Somebody who left colourful footprints on the pristine white carpets. I didn't always tread wisely. I was often naive and sometimes stupid. I was no villain, though.

"I've read there is a 'dossier', a four-page document that lists my crimes in Australia. Fifty crimes. The problem is, it doesn't actually exist. If a dossier did exist the ECB would have a reason to sack me."

On Andy Flower:
"Contagiously sour. Infectiously dour. He could walk into a room and suck all the joy out of it in five seconds. Just a Mood Hoover. That's how I came to think of him.

On the England team environment:
"A clique choked our team... and Andy Flower let that clique grow like a bad weed.

"The dressing room slowly became the territory of the biggest mouths among the bowlers - and a wicketkeeper. They ran an exclusive club. If you're outside that clique, you were fair game for mocking, ridicule, bullying."

On the Ashes whitewash:
"It's Flower who was the problem. Walking around with that 'somebody stole our legacy' face. The environment was horrendous."

On Matt Prior:
"I'm the one who's always been labelled as the uncontrollable individualist, the ego maniac, the arrogant, flash, materialistic South African. But when I close my eyes in the dressing room I can't help wondering why. Every tour I hear Prior getting louder and louder. Pump up the volume. Pump up the volume."

"The Big Cheese had matured and grown too large for his little box."

On his international career:
"I'm not prepared to accept I will never play for England again ... I believe the governing of English cricket could change; I believe it should change. I am happy for now, but I would be happy to come back. Anything can happen in cricket."

On Alastair Cook:
"I know, though, that while Cooky is a nice man, he is also a company man. A safe pair of hands; he won't rock the boat."

On Stuart Broad:
"I'm not sure if Broad is the sharpest tool in the box."

On Peter Moores:
"Whatever dial is in Peter Moore's head, it can't be turned down to 'chill'. The man can't relax. I could never relax when he was around. He was always around."

"He's a nice guy but like a human triple espresso - so intense."

On leaving South Africa to play for England:
"One big mistake was not respecting South Africa and what it stands for. Not respecting South Africa and what the country gave me in terms of living there for 19 happy years ... I realise too that South Africa was my first home and my real home."

On the IPL:
"When the IPL came into existence, all the ECB could see was the IPL's money and its own jealousy."

On the KP Genius Twitter account:
"I was left feeling isolated and bullied, but nobody seemed too bothered as long as I did my performing-seal routine when I went out to bat."

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  • John on October 8, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    @Romanticstud on (October 8, 2014, 6:17 GMT) Your last paragraph is indeed mostly correct esp when using phrases like counter attacked and was - both being past tense. He stopped doing that and became half the player.

  • Lee on October 8, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    It's official. I am so reading this book.

  • c on October 8, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    Response to Chandan Kumar Singh: You say no one cares if I buy or read SRTs book. No one should.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    England has KP, Pakistan had Mohammad Yusuf, India had .. At the end of the day whom we select for the boards has an effect in the effectiveness of the player management of the board.

  • Cricinfouser on October 7, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    The words of the late Alan Macgillvary come to mind:" that's history, back with the present"

  • Bob on October 7, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    @ Nicholas Hughes.... You've summed up Pietersen 100% in that comment... Ever since he first came into English cricket, it has all been about him... And the way he has been acting since his sacking has reinforced what most astute observers of the game have recognised from those early days at Nottingham, it continues to be about him to this day.

  • B on October 7, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    "When the IPL came into existence, all the ECB could see was the IPL's money and its own jealousy."

    So so interesting words. It does show KP has a scruples and honour. He wanted someone to deal with it in a different way even if he realises he isnt the one to do that.

    When Pak whitewashed UK 3-0 in tests, UK whitewashed them right back in ODI in the same series in 2010. Then came the T20 and KP was the difference for England. I think a country like Eng dont understand KP´s role, at some point someone will but Im afraid his talent will be wasted until then and a lot of others too. I always felt it doesnt have to be that way.

    People fear what they dont understand, especially if its powerful. And KP is Powerful. A tremendously talented guy who steps forward when the gritty work has to be done, that may seem paradoxical as he is an individualist by nature but what is needed is for someone to show him the way to fit into the team. ECB has to lead the way.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    @SLSup: Nobody cares whether you buy or read SRT's book. Nobody. And it's a fact SRT's book will sell a few million more copies than KP's.

  • Andrew on October 7, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    I have watched KP bat from the stands and from the box ... He is the one England batsman who took on the might of South Africa, when England lost at home ... Now how come did South Africa not see his talent ... Imagine this a full strength South African side : Strauss, Smith, Amla, Kallis, KP, AB, Du Plessis, Duminy, Philander, Steyn, Morkel.

    Kevin is a flamboyant batsman who used the crease ... He is also inventive with shot making, where normal batsmen would play conventional shots, he used the switch hit and other attacking shots to great effect.

    English cricket is too conservative for the likes of Kevin and it was only a matter of time before the dungeons would flair up with the dragon.

    I would have loved to go to the Wanderers and see Kevin in the green and Gold of the Proteas. Imagine the World Cup in the Proteas cabinet ... with KP playing for the country that he deserves to play for ... The country of his birth, South Africa.

  • N on October 7, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    @SLSup: Awww, please read SRT's book. If you don't buy his book, he will go bankrupt :). But I do agree that KP's book will be far more exciting and scandalous.

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