KP STANDS BY BULLY CLAIMS
KEVIN PIETERSEN insists his revelations of bullying in the England dressing room are his way of defending himself at last after years of “character assassination”.
Pietersen’s former team-mate Graeme Swann has described the superstar batsman’s autobiography, due to go on general sale tomorrow, as “codswallop” and “the biggest work of fiction since Jules Verne”.
But after citing Swann, Matt Prior and former coach Andy Flower as central forces in the culture of bullying he says he and others encountered, Pietersen is staying on the front foot.
In a marathon round of interviews to publicise his book KP: The Autobiography, the 34-year-old restated his dislike for Prior and his depiction in print of off-spinner Swann as “the one who picked on players” in a “dominant clique” also containing fast bowler Stuart Broad.
There have been many controversies, starting when Pietersen lost the England captaincy after a row with then coach Peter Moores and continuing with his threemonth exile from the team after leaked text messages to opposition players about his captain Andrew Strauss in 2012.
“Since the fall-out of the captaincy, my character has been assassinated on numerous occasions and I’ve not been allowed to give my side of the story because of the regime we were under,” said Pietersen
“I think it is pretty important for the public,
STICKY WICKET: Pietersen has
criticized a culture where players were
terrified to make mistakes
FROSTY RELATIONS: Matt Prior