Haunted Mick lays ghost
But Pietersen said: “There have. They made a complaint to the coach and the captain, and they talked to the team about it... and Swann and Broad disagreed with the captain and the coach and said, ‘No, we demand an apology; we deserve an apology’.
“A youngster... they would get at him... if he dropped the ball or if he let a batsman off the mark, or if he didn’t save two runs.
“We’re supposed to be in an environment where people can go and enjoy themselves, get the best out of themselves... not be scared to take a catch or field a ball.” MICKEY MANSELL says he had been haunted for a year until Monday’s mauling of Ian White in the World Grand Prix. The Northern Irishman shocked White in the first round and faces Gary Anderson in Dublin tonight.
Mansell (left) missed three match darts to knock out Simon Whitlock last year, and admitted: “That has haunted me for 365 days.
“Every time I have thrown darts it has been in my head and I was
determined if I had an opportunity against Ian, I’d take it.
“I’m relieved because there was a lot of pressure. You’re playing in front of an Irish crowd, and they gave serious support, it’s a brilliant feeling.”
Anderson will be a far more formidable opponent when they meet for a place in the last eight of the £400,000 tournament. The Scot overcame a tricky match against hometown hero Brendan Dolan, but averaged almost 99 against the 2011 runner-up.
The No.6 seed’s average was the highest on the opening night and he said: “Brendan never got going.
“He’s steady and Mickey will be the same on Wednesday – he’s steady and a great player.”
Phil Taylor already looks like the man to beat after dropping only one leg against Steve Beaton. He now faces Andrew Gilding.