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Reaction to England cricket chaos

Kevin Pietersen

English cricket has been rocked after Kevin Pietersen left his position as captain of the team and coach Peter Moores was sacked following their public feud.

BBC Sport details the reaction to the dramatic news.


"I'm in a bit of shock. I thought one of them would go because the pair didn't get on and see eye-to-eye.

"I'm surprised both of them have gone, but what really worries me is what's going on in the dressing room. There are obviously factions - some in the Pietersen camp and some not.

"That's not the sort of harmony you want just before a big series in the West Indies and, of course, the Ashes.

"Who England are going to appoint in order to unite the dressing room is the important thing now. They will have to get them playing as a unit, get them all together and they are still going to have Pietersen there, so there is a lot of work to be done.


"The new captain and coach will need to be strong characters in the interim.

"They might put in place England assistant coach Andy Flower, my former Essex colleague, as the new head coach. He's a strong character but it's a big job, because England have got to be settled going to the West Indies so that they can play some good cricket."


"It should have been kept very private. In all walks of life there are always issues and grievances, not everyone gets on well.

"You've got to strike up a working relationship, be big enough and ugly enough to front up these situations and make sure you get them resolved properly."


"At times former coach Duncan Fletcher and former captain Nasser Hussain didn't get on and didn't agree with each other's decisions, but what they did do is come out and show a united front.

"I think what you have seen here with Pietersen is a frustrated captain who tried to stamp his authority not only just as a skipper but on the way that the team was selected and also how it trained.

"I think he tried to take complete hold of the England cricket team. Moores, who took up his role before Pietersen became captain, obviously didn't like the way Pietersen was trying to take away his authority.

"The ECB have fudged this. I think they've known for a very long time that there's been a situation and they've allowed it to escalate and they've allowed it to get into the media.

"If the ECB had mediated and tried to sort out the differences between the two characters, it might not have got to this situation."


"It surprises me how English cricket continues to shoot itself in the foot just before an Ashes series." Hussain told Sky Sports News.

"It's something that could have been avoided if people had gone about it the right way, and they've certainly not gone about it the right way.

"The ECB knew when they gave Kevin Pietersen the job, they knew from his history what sort of guy he is, that's why I thought they gave him the job.

"He's going to be in your face and question people and take people on and they must have known that eventually it would come to a clash between Kevin Pietersen and Peter Moores.

What has happened in the last week is very, very poor indeed from a lot of people

Nasser Hussain

"Kevin Pietersen should have gone about this in a much more professional way. You can't just sit on safari in South Africa and issue ultimatums to the board about the England cricket captaincy, it's far too important for that.

"You get off your backside, you come to England and you sit down with your bosses and you decide and discuss what is the best way to progress, and what has happened in the last week is very, very poor indeed from a lot of people.

"The England players need to look at themselves. It wasn't Peter Moores that was missing straight balls in India or bowling short and wide at Virender Sehwag, it was the players.

"You don't always get on with your coach, that's not your job, your job is not to be popular, your job is to get the job done."


"It's been quite apparent for a number of days that there was a massive issue here and I would expect, as the England captain, that Kevin Pietersen would get back from South Africa to confront these issues.

"You can detect from the pictures that Hugh Morris was quite emotional because he appointed Peter Moores in the first place, but there was absolutely nowhere for Peter Moores to go.

"Peter Moores is well respected in the game, for the work that he did at the academy and for what he was trying to do with the England team, but I've been England coach and you crave results."


"If Pietersen put a gun to the ECB's head and said 'I'm only going to take the team to the West Indies if you sack Peter Moores' then he's put his own head on the block and he's taken a decision he will regret for the rest of his life.

"The greatest honour any cricketer can have is to captain his country.

"If you look back at Duncan Fletcher's reign, you had two very good captains in Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan.

"I'm sure they didn't always get on with Duncan Fletcher, but they talked about it behind closed doors and there was never any public spat.

"Once you get a captain and a coach publicly criticising each other through the media, sadly there's only one conclusion to it all.

"I think it's one of the saddest days in English cricket that I've seen in many a long year."


"It's all been about him, the Pietersen Show.

"It's a sad day for English cricket - that's the way he is, he doesn't think things through, he's off the cuff as far as his captaincy and his attitude are concerned. For trying to build a Test team, it's not the way to do things.

"Backstabbing and going behind someone's back to the press rather than to their face - you can't have it in the dressing room.


"There's been a huge communication breakdown between Pietersen, Moores and the board. I wouldn't say his ego has got in the way but I don't think he's thought it through.

"He was a good appointment as England captain and I think he's done good but I don't think this was a good time to have a difference of opinion from the coach, two weeks before a tour.

"He's very confident and it doesn't surprise me that he's done it but it's a sad way of handling such a thing. A team and a coach are only as good as their captain.

"I don't know the ECB structures, but there must be channels to go through, so if he's gone to press - which he says he hasn't - that's the wrong way, they're a bunch of vultures out there looking for stories.

"He must have an earpiece on the board he can communicate with because it won't be the first time in world sport captain and coach haven't got on, but to get the team going forward you have to get those two working together."


"I feel very sorry for Peter Moores. He doesn't seem to have done a lot wrong and he's lost the best job in English cricket.

"Peter Moores is a very forward-thinking coach. He'd certainly wants the best for his players and his teams and all his intentions would be for the right reasons.

"And Kevin is a world-class player. One of the best, if not the best, batsmen in the world. There are lessons to be learnt. Kevin Pietersen misread the situation, but I feel sorry for both of them.

"(On speculation linking former Worcestershire coach Tom Moody with the England job) It's just whether the timing is right for Tom. He has a young family and whether he wants to uproot them from Perth remains to be seen.

"But Tom has loads of experience and I would back him. He has, of course, a lot of English connections and could be the man for the job."

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