Updated: 13/08/2012 21:08 | By pa.press.net

Hussain caught off guard by KP omission



Kevin Pietersen will not play for England against South Africa this week

Kevin Pietersen will not play for England against South Africa this week

Nasser Hussain has admitted his surprise that England have not selected Kevin Pietersen for the third and final Investec Test match against South Africa which starts at Lord's this Thursday.

Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow has been brought in to replace Pietersen and Hussain believes that there has been too much attention on the Surrey batsman since last week's draw at Headingley.

"I was a little bit surprised. It is not often a player gets 149 in a Test match and is left out the next week," he told Sky Sports News.

"English cricket are a worse side without him in the side. Graeme Smith and the rest of the South African team will be sitting there right now and are thinking it is great that Kevin Pietersen is not playing for England.

"No Pietersen does make England a slightly weaker side, but you can't have this all the time where the focus is on one person when it has to be on the team."

In announcing the squad, Managing Director England Cricket, Hugh Morris said they were unable to find an answer as to what the content was of the text messages Kevin Pietersen is alleged to have sent some members of the South African team.

Hussain believes that coupled with Pietersen's press conference on Monday when he said it was "tough being me" in the English dressing room and failing to inform the management team of the video he posted on Youtube were major factors in him being dropped.

"He's had a bad week off the field, and some really bad decision-making started with that press conference where he blamed English cricket for all his woes," Hussain added.

"Then there was the stuff about texts. Even last night he announces coming back without telling England. If he could be bothered to ring the Delhi Daredevils why not sit down with the England management?

"As a management structure you expect to manage difficult people. Pietersen is an absolute genius. We saw that last week at Headingley, sometimes you have a flawed genius and that is what Kevin Pietersen definitely is. It's just a bridge too far. They will put up with a lot from Kevin Pietersen but not the antics of the last week."

2Comments
13/08/2012 09:37
avatar
If the England selectors don't know what the texts said then they are judging Pietersen guilty without proof! They must want to lose the test and the number one position, he is the only England batsman who can impose himself on the opposition. The replacements wil not be able to do this!
13/08/2012 18:45
avatar
I for one watch international cricket to see the best players pitting themselves against one another, I have to say that without KP the international cricket arena will be a poorer place. He is not however the England cricket team and we should therefore give our full backing to whoever the selectors pick. Even if they have got it wrong!! I guess the IPL will be a better place because of this decision and if I were to be cynical, does anyone else feel that this may have been manufactured by KP himself to make more money??
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
10 reasons to make MSN UK your homepage (© Microsoft)

latest cricket news

  • England captain Alastair Cook, right, plans to rebuild England alongside new head coach Peter Moores, left.

    Alastair Cook insists he and returning head coach Peter Moores will be free to forge a new England without undue influence from Andy Flower.

  • Gary Ballance was in superb form on day one at Headingley

    England hopeful Gary Ballance smashed an unbeaten century as Yorkshire took control of their LV= County Championship clash with Northamptonshire.

  • Mike Watkinson, pictured, was not surprised to see Peter Moores move on

    Lancashire director of cricket Mike Watkinson knew Peter Moores was too ambitious to spend the rest of his career at Old Trafford but admits the timing of his appointment as England coach has been tricky.

  • Eoin Morgan, pictured, has hailed the support given to him by England outcast Kevin Pietersen

    Kevin Pietersen's former England team-mates continue to offer contrasting testimony about the help, or otherwise, he has given them.

  • The convalescing Jonathan Trott, pictured, has the support of his Ashes antagonist David Warner

    Australia batsman David Warner hopes Jonathan Trott can recover from his anxiety issues and return to cricket at the top level.

  • Peter Moores has left Lancashire to coach England

    Peter Moores is confident he will make the most of his second chance to coach England.

  • ECB managing director Paul Downton has stressed England are moving on without Kevin Pietersen, pictured

    Kevin Pietersen, and his supporters, can no longer be in the slightest doubt that he will ever play for England again - after the clearest of management statements at Lord's.

  • Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from cricket

    Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from professional cricket because of his stress-related illness.

  • Ben Stokes is currently injured

    Ben Stokes will have to remain patient before he can start to make up for time he has lost due to a self-inflicted injury.

  • Gary Kirsten believes more coaches will opt for the IPL over Test cricket

    Gary Kirsten believes that the all-year demands of international coaching may lead many to look for employment in tournaments such as the Indian Premier League, rather than pursue Test cricket jobs.

  • Alastair Cook believes county players have an excellent chance to advance their claims for a Test spot

    England captain Alastair Cook has admitted the team's recent struggles mean there are "quite a few places up for grabs".

  • Ed Joyce's Sussex are the early leaders in LV= County Championship Division One

    Captain Ed Joyce's second century of the match carried Sussex to victory number two, over Warwickshire at Edgbaston, and into an early lead in the new LV= County Championship Division One season.

  • Ben Stokes is hoping to put his troubles behind him

    Ben Stokes is learning the hard way, for the second time in his life, that he must keep his anger under control if he is to make the most of his outstanding natural talent.

  • Marcus Trescothick is understanding of Jonathan Trott's situation

    Stricken England batsman Jonathan Trott has been told the door is always open for advice and support by one of the few men able to empathise with his current malaise, Marcus Trescothick.

  • Sam Robson's century enhanced his England chances

    England hopeful Sam Robson has targeted more big scores for Middlesex to strengthen his claim to international selection this summer.