October 4, 2012
There has been widespread approval of Kevin Pietersen’s return to the England fold. Immediate reaction to the news from former players however indicates that the way forward will not be plain sailing.
Ian Botham: “The matter should have been sorted out months ago. In the dressing room KP will have some work to do.”
Andrew Strauss: “I think a lot of what should happen now is that people have to sit down and be honest with each other, saying how they felt and getting it out of their systems and then clearing the way to move forward.”
Steve Waugh: “You’ve all got to be on the same page; you have to be a collective and be playing for each other or it won’t work.”
Michael Vaughan: “Kevin Pietersen must make a speech and have a beer with his England teammates and behave better than he did in the summer towards the team”
Rob Key: “I think he will be welcomed back in as time does heal a few wounds. I think everyone will have respect for Pietersen as a batsman and a cricketer.”
Dominic Cork: “I honestly think that Kevin Pietersen will have a point to prove; we may see an even better Kevin Pietersen now. And will we see any more controversy surrounding him? Of course we will. That is what makes him wake up in the morning.”
Alex Stewart: “In some ways, the Pietersen situation is similar to the Carlos Tevez soap opera last season. It’s a good time to wipe the slate clean because England have a new captain in Alastair Cook, who will have his own ideas about how he wants to take this team forward.”
David Lloyd: “If there has been a breakdown then the team must put it right. I’d like to see KP committed to England in all formats.”
Angus Fraser: “Andy Flower has got to look at is the positive effect Kevin Pietersen can have because of the way he bats and the runs he scores.”
Bob Willis: “The first test against India is five weeks away. Pietersen as a centrally contracted player should clearly be part of that team”
Shane Warne: “I think the bottom line is that they have realised how much they missed Pietersen, the most destructive batsman in the world in any form of the game.”
Nasser Hussain: “Kevin Pietersen has served his punishment and must now be welcomed back into the England team.”
So there we have it. Kiss and make up and English cricket will be stronger.
The Scoop 04/10/12