Kevin Pietersen can’t hide frustration at England negativity
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen hits out at ex-players's negativity after ODI loss to India
Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to rant after England’s latest limited-overs defeat on Wednesday after former players suggested it was too late to make changes before the World Cup in February.
Pietersen, who represented England in 136 one-day internationals, scoring nine centuries, vented his frustration on the social media site after watching his former team-mates humiliated by India as they fell to a nine-wicket defeat to lose the series.
The exiled former captain began by suggesting that it was the Indian Premier League that had made India the formidable side they are now and that more England players should be allowed to play in the six-week tournament – an argument Pietersen found himself involved in while with England.
He tweeted about the impact of the Indian Premier League in the success of this Indian side before becoming seemingly incensed by the comments made by the Sky Cricket punditry team, which feature the likes of former player Sir Ian Botham, who he praised, and former coach David Lloyd.
“I actually cannot believe that SKY are saying that it’s too late to make changes! So just accept we gonna lose WC (World Cup)! Unbelievable!” Pietersen tweeted.
“Turning the TV off! I cannot believe they happy to accept a failure which is months away! Unreal! Well done @BeefyBotham though!”
Pietersen selected his personal England eleven which saw no places for current captain Alastair Cook, as well as batsmen Ian Bell and Joe Root, but instead had Eoin Morgan as captain and featured young talent like Pietersen’s Surrey team-mate Jason Roy and Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid.
He then continued his onslaught showing a sky graphic of England last seven ODI series in which England have won just one, accompanied by the caption, “It’s ok, we’ll change after we’ve lost WC says SKY team this eve!”.
Sky Pundit Ian Ward came under fire when he asked his Twitter followers to make the choice between a World Cup win and an Ashes win next summer, prompting Pietersen to ask, “Why not both, Wardy? Tell us fans…”
Pietersen rounded off his rant by directing one last dig at the Sky pundits.
“Right I’m off! Players – just remember that according to Sky’s team today it’s cool to lose til March…Enjoy the freedom lads!”
He then retweeted a number of related articles, including a column by Michael Vaughan suggesting Cook should resign or be sacked, as well as a poll which suggest 86 per cent of people would want Pietersen back in the squad for the World Cup.
England finish their ODI series with India on Friday at Headingley looking to avoid a series whitewash.