Pietersen’s return seems impossible: Paul Downton
LONDON: Thing are going worse for English star batsman Kevin Pietersen, as the managing director of England cricket Paul Downton said Pietersen’s return in team is not possible, ARY News has learnt.
Paul Downton said he had never seen anyone so disengaged from what was going on as Kevin Pietersen during the Sydney Test against Australia, which ended up being his final international match.
England and Wales Cricket Borad (ECB) declaring Peterson responsible for 5-0 whitewash against Australia put him at sideline.
Downton chose the announcement of Peter Moores as the new head coach to make his first public comment on the sacking of Pietersen, as he tried to draw a line under it while announcing a new era for English cricket.
He presided over the dumping of Pietersen just days after officially taking office as Hugh Morris' replacement and revealed it was his observations during the Sydney Test that had raised alarm bells, pinpointing Pietersen's attitude during the match that sealed the 5-0 whitewash.
The topic of Pietersen was first raised at Saturday's press conference by a question to Moores about whether his job would be easier this time without the batsman's presence. "Impossible to say," was his diplomatic answer. "I've not worked with this team yet. Every team is different in some ways." He reiterated that there were no hard feelings towards Pietersen over the way his previous spell as coach was terminated.
"I never fell out with Kevin, Kevin fell out with me," he said. "I don't place any blame. I moved on quickly. A strength of mine is I look forward, not back.