KP's absence 'tragic' - Warne

2012-08-21 10:19

London - Kevin Pietersen's removal from the England cricket team over inappropriate text messages was a tragedy for both player and country, according to Australian spin great Shane Warne.

With Pietersen dropped for the third Test, South Africa defeated England at Lord's on Monday to replace the home side at the top of the world Test rankings.

"Kevin will be one of the first people to admit that he's acted in a way that's been a bit silly and stupid," Warne told Australian media on Tuesday, jumping to his friend's defence.

"I'm sure he'd like to take back a few of his actions. There's a bit too much ego at the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board). There's no give or take or compromise.

"Both sides are at fault - the bottom line is Kevin Pietersen is not playing international cricket, which is a tragedy."

The flamboyant batsman's international career is in the balance after he sent texts criticising his England team mates and staff to South African players.

Pietersen apologised last week but his woes continued when he was jeered after being bowled for a first-ball duck playing for county side Surrey at the weekend.

But Warne insisted the South African-born Pietersen was a special player and both sides needed to reach a compromise.

"He has to commit to the team first and you have to also understand that some people need different things," said Warne, who fought some epic Ashes battles against Pietersen.

"The (English) cricket team, I think they've let Kevin Pietersen down - it shouldn't have gotten to this stage.

"If he doesn't sign his England contract, if he doesn't play for England again, I just think that's a tragedy," Warne added.

"To me, the leadership of England, whether it be the selectors, ECB, coaching, captain - they have to put their hands up and say we haven't handled this as best we can.

"Kevin Pietersen has to put his hand up and say I've conducted myself in a pretty ordinary fashion too."

In typically forthright fashion, Warne, who had his share of scrapes with authority, called for Pietersen and England captain Andrew Strauss to sort out their differences, quickly.

"Strauss and Pietersen could have gone down the pub and had a beer," Warne added. "If they'd punched the absolute whatever out of each other to sort it out, so be it.

"If you have to punch each other up around the corner, then do it - get it out of your system. Then come back, put your arm around each other and walk out to play together."


  • anele.cweya - 2012-08-21 10:33

    1st of all sir u shuld rephrase to the statement u made b4 this test series started,that england wll win it 2-0,ehhh! Sir it waz completly opposite,2nd why u put your nose where its not belong tell us about australian cricket,I THANK YOU!

      mike.barmby - 2012-08-21 18:14

      Why was he sending text messages? Hasn't he heard of Whatsapp? It's free

  • kitneyi - 2012-08-21 10:37

    Well then English cricket is pathetic if it is so absolutely reliant on one person!

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-08-21 10:44

    Have to disagree Warnie. If a player is divisive, he is a liability to the team. If a player is fraternising with the opponents and telling them how to bowl out your team mates, then he cannot be trusted and is a liability to the team. You clearly have a problem with the ECB. No not make this a personal issue. If KP were not so arrogant, this situation would never have arisen. For all its probable faults, I believe that the ECB is doing the right thing by building a good, solid 'team', not reliant on one player's ego.

      Brett - 2012-08-21 10:59

      I agree with you.

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-21 11:24


      mike.barmby - 2012-08-21 18:15

      I'm pretty sure the experts who analyse hours of video for the Proteas were not helped in the slightest by Pietersen's suggestions on how to get the batsmen out.

      steyts - 2012-08-22 06:39

      He just wants to play for a winning team like SA... Not a bunch of uptight egotistic losers like the English...

  • beth.cameron.94 - 2012-08-21 11:06

    No one has a bigger ego that Kevin Pietersen, not even with all the ECB's egos combined!! He called the ECB's bluff and it didn't go according to plan for him. No individual is bigger than a team, and the sooner Pietersen realises this, the better off he'll be. I've said it before and I'll say it again - he's had problems regardless of whom he has played for/represented. Personally, Pietersen should not be playing a team sport, he is way too self-centred and egotistical.

      alan.jerrold - 2012-08-21 11:38

      Yep, I'm sure that both Pietersen and Warne were secretly pretty upset that Bairstow did so well. Maybe the English selectors will now decide they don't need an egotistical divisive influence like KP around.

      eddy.deepfield - 2012-08-21 11:56

      Kevin Pietersen is a genius he single handedly took South Africa,s attack apart. You have the good and then the great. He is needed. No one dumps his talent and thinks they have done the right thing. War is war, and use what you've got. People are thinking emotionally instead of logically. So he has got an ego and is arrogant. I suppose you think Bolt and Gale and Mohammed Ali should be meek and mild powder puffs, yes sir types.

      beth.cameron.94 - 2012-08-21 12:30

      @ Eddy - yes, but Bolt and Mohammed Ali did not play for a team - their success and egos are acceptable; they do it for themselves and do not represent a specific team (disregarding events such as the Olympics), but generally it's a 1-man sport. Chris Gayle and Kevin Pietersen both have egos way too large for team participation, they're there to stroke their own egos and glorify their own averages. NO INDIVIDUAL, regardless of how great they are can hold a team/Association to ransom because they deem themselves to be the No. 1 player/contributor. Haven't heard Amla or Philander saying how great they are, they are humble in their achievements and victory, contributing much of their success to the overall team dynamics.

      akhona.nkayi - 2012-08-21 13:20

      if we were to translate Beth's comments in terms of socioeconomical terms, basically as a country (Team) profits (succeses) should be shared by the whole country (Team) and not be that of capitalists (inidividuals). So this means in Beth's opinion, is pro Communist and nationalisation and not supportive of capitalist tendencies that continuously rip the countries wealth out of its intended people

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-08-21 13:28

      Or to put it another way; if the subject is cricket and Beth is talking cricket and other commentators talk cricket, then the person who brings up socioeconomics must be a wanker.

      mike.barmby - 2012-08-21 18:16

      Usain Bolt was in the Jamaican relay team

  • terry.burne - 2012-08-21 11:22

    England will be a better team without such a divisive character in their ranks. No matter what he now says or does, he has displayed complete disloyalty to his team and captain - how can they possibly ever trust him again. If I were the ECB, I would close the door on KP and let him persue his career with the T20 circus in India.

      jan.schutte.3762 - 2012-08-21 12:28

      If I were KP that is exactly what I would do, and have the rest of the crickting world laugh at the ECB for their inability to sort out a simple problem and retain the best batsman to play for England since Marcus T.

  • guy.mullins1 - 2012-08-21 11:40

    I seem to remember KP had a lot to say about leaving SA because he was not appreciated there. Now he is not appreciated in another country. Maybe it is he who is out of step, not the rest of the platoon.

  • eddy.deepfield - 2012-08-21 11:47

    When you have a pedigree race horse in your stable that wins you race, you treat it with kid gloves. Otherwise you will lose in the long run. The problem here is England's management. I agree with Shane Warne. Petersen should be playing. Any other country including SA would snap him up. He and he alone prevented England from losing the second test. So he is an a..hole, who cares, you do not have to like him, just tolerate him and keep him motivated. That is the essence of good management, how to bring the best out of your players. The rest of the team cant stand him, so what, they need him, get over you emotions and focus, focus, focus. Bunch of children.

      patrick.mettler.73 - 2012-08-21 12:00

      Sorry mr Deepfield. One scoundrel in a team sport can upset the dynamics of a whole team and with that its level of performance. Pietersen got a first ball duck for his county. Strauss also batted miserably. Why? Because their minds were probably somewhere else. Bad behaviour and/or disloyalty of one rogue team member, no matter how good he/she is, can upset the rythm, focus and concentration of key members of any team. His actions amounted to treason and would have upsetted even Shane Warne.

      beth.cameron.94 - 2012-08-21 12:31

      The biggest 'child' here is Pietersen - he needs to understand that's it's not all about him.

  • RetardChicken - 2012-08-21 12:09

    Couldn't agree more. He has apologised. He is a hothead, sure they should discipline him. But they are cutting off their nose to spite their face. It's glaringly obvious certain people who have personal issues with him have jumped on this opportunity to leave him out in the cold. Anyway, Englands loss is SA's gain.. ironic, he could of been a deciding factor in the 3rd test

  • Skwertno1 - 2012-08-21 12:49

    Who died and made this wanker god Him and Kp peas in the same pod..... rubbish

  • robert.cerff - 2012-08-21 12:50

    hmmm... while I have to agree that Pieterson was a trouble maker... They were certainly not a good team and he must have some points with the way England have been playing of late, they need him.

  • stanford.flanagan - 2012-08-21 13:38

    Who controls sport?. Who made the most money out of this debacle??. A while back I read an article with the heading " Follow the money trail". I am sure England was heavily back to win this series. I realise I am getting old, when sport and all it's shenanigans just leaves me aloof. This had exactly the same effect on England, as the axing of Hayden, Symonds, and retiring of Gilchrist had on Australia. Sadly sport has become the Soap opera it is due to the LOVE of MONEY!!!!!!!!!

  • jose.d.santos.9041 - 2012-08-22 08:57

    warne the shiny silicone dildo also said that the poms were going to thrash SA

  • vincent.s.cupido - 2012-08-23 16:24

    This is indeed a very sad story, sad in the sense that the world could be deprived of watching an excellent batsman with a fighting spirit of note, playing the game again, except in the IPL. That said, we should most probably look at other factors which take centre stage in this controversy. Despite his qualities as a batsman, his personal qualities in terms of human relations were all along suspect, at least as far as I was concerned. We all know that he was captain of that team for slightly longer than a month. He was removed from the captaincy after one or other dispute. Now this, and we all know that he has a strong personality, which can be a very good thing but a very bad thing as well. If he was the only player in the team unhappy with his captain and some of his teammates, surely there must be something wrong, unless of course that team is managed in a military style, where you simply shut up, don't say anything except agree with each and every decision and just play your game. I think for him to prolong his career beyond this scenario, he has to seriously think about his characteristics and do a honest evaluation, and start work on that, at times I really think he behaves like a spoiled brat, but the game definitely still needs him. Hopefully he can sort out his issues with the team and management.

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