Kevin Pietersen’s new book has opened up a whole new can of worms. The former England cricketer has spoken on how the national side had a “bullying culture”, the parody Twitter account of himself which he claims could be accessed but a select few England players and went on to criticize players like Matt Prior and Stuart Broad, as well as former coach Andy Flower.
Andrew Strauss has stated that he believes Pietersen’s tell-all book is going to seriously upset the national side. However, not only has Pietersen done the right thing in telling his side of the story, but this whole experience can benefit the England side.
Get rid of the bullies
Pietersen stated how Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson, England’s two best bowlers would go up to fielders in the dressing room and berate them for dropping catches – forcing them to apologize to their faces. In a high-pressure, team sport like cricket there can be no room for that. Everyone makes mistakes in the field. Do the two seriously think that fielders want to drop a catch? They want to win and strive to achieve it. With Pietersen’s expose this will hopefully cease to happen, and thus the England squad should be more harmonious, not less.
Not Pietersen but the England cricket team. Look at the past 12 months. They have gone from one of the most dominant forces in the world of cricket to a meagre, disorientated mess – causing the major sportsbook Betfair to price Australia as overwhelming favourites for success in the next Ashes series. Pietersen has cheesed off a significant proportion of the England side. What better way to shut up their former teammate by going out with a desire to prove them wrong and prove you are capable of winning games? Pietersen has breathed some life into the stagnating side.
How true are Pietersen’s statements? We will never know. He’ll never again don the England cricket whites, but his parting gift to the national side could have a serious lasting effect.