London - Kevin Pietersen has said he should
not have been made England captain in 2008 and only took the job because there
was nobody else who could do it.
Pietersen had a five-month spell as captain
that ended in January 2009 when he resigned after just three Tests and nine
one-day internationals, following a falling out with England coach Peter
Moores, who was sacked following the dispute.
"I shouldn't have got the job but
there was no-one else," Pietersen told the BBC on Friday.
"I'd do a much better job now. There
were certain circumstances that I wish I had done better. But I'm honest enough
to admit it was a bad time for me to captain."
Pietersen also said that Michael Vaughan
was the best captain he worked under and recalled how the former Yorkshire
batsmen was able to instil confidence in him.
"When I went to South Africa, he
(Vaughan) said to the guys, 'This is going to be a very hostile environment for
KP and we're going to look after him like one of us," the controversial
South African-born batsman said.
"'If anyone goes after him in any
situation, we as a collective unit will absolutely crucify whoever goes at him
and we're going to defend him.'
"That speech gave me confidence. I
thought, 'Geez, I've got this great captain of England who is telling me I'm
going to play and he's going to back me and he wants every single player to
back me.' The confidence that gave me made me play the way I did for him,"
Pietersen, who hit 8 181 runs in 104 Tests
including 23 centuries, was sacked by England last year following a number of
incidents that culminated in a 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia during which he
was accused of being disengaged from the team.