England's Pietersen dilemma

Pietersen 'disappointed' at exclusion

George Dobell

September 18, 2012

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Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook gave England a brisk start on the final day, England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Lord's, 5th day, June 7 2011
Kevin Pietersen has met with Alastair Cook but there has not been a swift return to the team © Getty Images
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Kevin Pietersen's management has issued a statement expressing his disappointment at his exclusion from the England squad for the Test tour of India.

Pietersen was not considered by the England selectors following the revelation that he had exchanged messages with members of the South Africa touring party that contained derogatory remarks about Andrew Strauss and after it became clear that Pietersen's relationship with other members of the England side had deteriorated to an unhealthy level.

While Pietersen and officials at the ECB have been in dialogue in recent times, the managing director of England cricket, Hugh Morris, said "as there are issues still to be resolved Kevin has not been considered for selection for the India tour."

The statement revealed that Pietersen had apologised in person to Strauss and officials at the ECB, while also reaffirming his commitment to playing international cricket for England.

However Pietersen also insisted that, contrary to some reports, he had at no stage exchanged "tactical advice" with anyone in the South Africa camp about any colleagues in the England team.

"Kevin Pietersen is very disappointed about today's decision having gone to great lengths to reach a reconciliation with the ECB," the statement read. "Pietersen has met with and apologised to Andrew Strauss.

"He has also met with Alastair Cook to stress his commitment to England and he has met with ECB Board members including face to face meetings with Hugh Morris, David Collier and Andy Flower prior to his departure to Sri Lanka.

"At all times Pietersen has wished his meetings with the ECB to remain private so as not to inflame an already difficult situation.

"His recent silence was not an admission of any wrong doing. He wanted to explain and apologise to the ECB for the messages exchanged with members of the South Africa team.

"He has also made it absolutely clear to the ECB and the England team that despite unsubstantiated allegations to the contrary and repeated media speculation he did not offer any tactical advice to the South Africans. Pietersen remains available for England."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by phoenixsteve on (September 19, 2012, 21:24 GMT)

@Ashes61.... Your raves about Bresnan say it all! You must be seeing something that I and many other die-hard cricket watchers (for 50+ years in my case) can't see? Your entitled to your opinion of course and for now the England dinosuars seem to agree with you. He looks very average to me and doesn't instill any fear in quality opposition with either bat or ball and we won't mention his fielding! Bresnan keeping Woakes or Onions out of the test and ODI scene is crazy....... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

@IanBellFan Like the optimism but you talk about Wasim, Waqar and Akhtar without realizing that they were tearaway fast bowlers, who do you compare them to when you march to India... Bresnan, Broad & Anderson.. Really?

Posted by ShortGully on (September 19, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

@Charlie101, You are right, If the ball turns for Ashwin so would for Swann and Panesar, But what about the Batsman..? Without Strauss and KP, Do you think the ENG players will play the Spin same way like IND Batsman? I can say Ashwin is better batsmen against Spin in Indian conditions than some of the new Players ENG going to use in the Series. Also Dont forget about Ojha..

Posted by mydearoldthing on (September 19, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

if these meetings are behind closed doors why is KP issuing press announcements as to his feelings and 'what he has done'? if the ECB counters with comments on his demands he will use that as a justification of his being wronged. I personally hope they do. It will show us if he is the meek little lamb he pretends to be. As for the others who have passed comments in books the ECB know exactly what was said and in what context. This is not the same thing as KP has done at all with the text messages.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

Its utter cruel about the ECB. They can't punish other players and the only one who gets into this is KP. What else he has to do? He has to Win Matches, Digest Sarcastic comments, Battle With politics and then prob he would be in English side for good reasons.

Posted by ashes61 on (September 19, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

PhoenixSteve: Your post demonstrates a rather shaky understanding of the game of cricket. You fail to understand exactly what sort of bowler Bresnan is. Would you have described Tate, Bedser, Jackson, Hendricks or Fraser as "mediocre chundlers"? He hasn't had the best of summers - nor have most ENG bowlers - but, put simply, his record stands up. Stats don't tell the whole story, but it took Anderson many years to get his average down from a very high figure to around the 31 it is today; Broad is still struggling to get his down to about 30/31 & keep it there. Finn is a fraction below 30 & Bresnan is ALREADY at 30. Of course, it could go up, but each of these 3 team-mates' averages started much higher than they are now, so Bresnan has had an EXCEPTIONALLY good start to his Test career. Batting? Test average 36+ (Broad only 26) & Bresnan has twice narrowly missed out on a century in his early Tests (Broad 1 ton in 49 Tests).Missed his stunning catches? Don't be fooled by appearances!

Posted by PureTom on (September 19, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

I like all the comments saying England don't have a chance in India without KP. Have you looked at their subcontinent record over the last few years? Even with KP they don't stand a chance! Graeme Swann can't turn it anymore. Stuart Broads medium pacers with no seam on offer will get carted. Jimmy Anderson without swing is just another medium pacer to. Steven Finn, hopefully, will do well. I'd say the bowlings about even in the subcontinent, India's batting is better and India have the home advantage. And there is the small matter of revenge. The ECB need to pick 3 or 4 KP's to have a chance!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (September 19, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

@A vacant slip, hahaha you have a fine sense of humor. Stuart Broad and Yuvraj!? Hahaha... ROFL... Yuvraj was batt(l)ing with cancer when he toured England. Forgot the six sixers in one over when The Champ was at his best? Go figure..

Posted by nikhilmjain on (September 19, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

@ A_Vacant_Slip "the moment Stuart Broad bowl at Yuvraj Yuvraj will call for ambulance" LMAO! Muhahahahaha. Isn't Stuart Broad the same guy who got smashed for six sixes in an over by Yuvraj? You my friend, made my day. I cant stop laughing. You have a natural talent for humor. MORE PLEASE!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (September 19, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

KP not touring India is a very disappointing news for his fans from India. I hope something drastic happens and he gets to board the flight to our country :-(

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