Reaction to Pietersen’s resignation and the sacking of Moores

January 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm 1 comment

There is a mixed reaction from the press and media on who is to blame for the events and what lead to the yesterdays events. Todays Papers

The majority of the newspapers claim that a dressing room split lead to Pietersen’s resignation. While the Australian papers are taking comfort of there own problems by laying into the problems surrounding the England Cricket team.

Daily Mail – State that Pietersen quit before he was sacked following a ‘startling vote of no confidence from his own players left him with no room for manoeuvre’. It also states that Flintoff and other senior players backed Peter Moores in the matter.

The Mirror – States that Pietersen believed that he was ‘untouchable’. It also says that Stuart Broad, Ian Bell, Luke Wright, Paul Collingwood and Monty Panesar were with Pietersen. Andrew Flintoff, James Anderson, Graeme Swann and Steve Harmison were against Peter Moores and Andrew Strauss, Alistair Cook and Matt Prior were ‘on the fence’.

The Guardian – States that the captain’s exit was ‘inevitable’ as soon as the ECB ‘realised the extent of the dressing room antipathy towards him’.

The Times – States that Moores’ ‘aggressive style of management’ lead to his sacking. It also says that Pietersen ‘cannot issue an ultimatum to his employers at the first sign of disagreement, especially when he doesn’t have the full backing of his own players

Canberra Times (Australia) – ‘If Australian cricket fans thought Ricky Ponting and his men had pre-Ashes problems, they needed only to watch England’s leadership saga descend into farce on Wednesday to feel things may be looking up, Finally with something to smile about after their team’s 103-run victory over South Africa in the third Test in Sydney, Australians could be forgiven for laughing out loud as their traditional foes shot themselves in the foot.”

Melbourne Times ( Australia) – ‘English cricket has seen some bloody civil wars but the feud between bull-headed Pietersen and the industrious, unpretentious coach Peter Moores, has been the most vicious for some time’

Former players, coaches and commentators

Graham Thorpe believes there is a case for Pietersen to be dropped from the team for his behavior. “The way he has gone about this has been counterproductive and he has presented England with a massive problem. Pietersen’s place must be under threat. However good you are, you cannot create this kind of situation as people will start asking which side you are on.”

Ian Botham believes that Pietersen is not to blame. He told the Mirror: “Blame the chinless wonders who rule Lord’s from behind a desk for the farce that has turned English cricket into a laughing stock. It’s the buffoons in blazers who are now on their third England captain in five months. It’s the faceless clowns who have had to sack an England coach who many people were surprised to see get the job in the first place.”

Henry Blofeld, believes Pietersen only has himself to blame, telling the Express: “How sad that he has such a high opinion of himself and has been unable to control it.”

Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson is surprised at the decision, he told BBC Sport; “It has come as quite a surprise with our (Australian) cricket supposedly in decline, When you hear the news do you fall over laughing or are you dumbfounded? All the talk in the press box during the (South Africa) Test was that Pietersen would get his way – he was the captain, he was taking the team in a good direction, as was a strong, leader so Moores would obviously go, So to resign as captain and lose the coach doesn’t seem a logical conclusion.”

Former England captain Graeme Gooch was also surprised with the decision so close to the ashes. “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.”

Dominic Cork believes that the ECB was to blame for not dealing with the situation earlier; “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.”

Former Skipper Nasser Hussain backed Peter Moores and criticised Pietersen in the way he handled the situation. “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.


Entry filed under: County cricket, Cricket, England, Pietersen.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. chiho  |  January 8, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Nasser is telling the truth, Pietersen was a idiot!


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