Updated: 14/08/2012 13:00 | By pa.press.net

Proteas play down Pietersen texts



South Africa say the ECB have made no formal approach to see Kevin Pietersen's infamous text messages

South Africa say the ECB have made no formal approach to see Kevin Pietersen's infamous text messages

No formal approach has been made by the England and Wales Cricket Board to see Kevin Pietersen's infamous text messages, South Africa's team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee has confirmed.

Pietersen was dropped for this week's third Test at Lord's after failing to reveal the contents of messages sent to South African players during the match at Headingley. The ECB told Pietersen his selection was dependant on him confirming publicly that no derogatory texts about his team-mates had been sent to South African players, or if they had been sent, to apologise for them.

In a prepared statement, Moosajee insisted the messages contained nothing more than "banter" and he refuted suggestions they were sent to Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers.

Moosajee and coach Gary Kirsten then refused to take any questions on the Pietersen situation, preferring to distance themselves from the whole saga.

"There has been untruthful allegations in the media implicating members of our squad in the current issue between Kevin Pietersen and the ECB," Moosajee said. "We stand by the same stance we have taken since we heard the news about these allegations.

"Yes, text messages were sent but like we said before it was banter among team-mates, which is perfectly acceptable.

"The ECB has not made a formal approach to myself or any member of the team to see the text messages, as currently reported in the media.

"Allegations that Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers were the recipients of the texts are unfounded. Until such time that the allegations are met with the correct facts and evidence, we shall not comment.

"The internal issue between Kevin Pietersen and the English cricket board has been publicised for weeks, even before we arrived in the UK and we don't want to get ourselves involved in an issue that has nothing to do with us."

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13/08/2012 17:11
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Kevin Pietersen, you are a first class idiot. A man with your talents should stick to playing the game rather than trying to beat anyone off the field with stupid text messages. You have simply played into the hands of the opposition and weakened your chosen country's chances by texting South African players.

I am a South African living in London and although I have been here for the last 10 years, I still obviously would support South Africa when they play against England. However when England play any other country I support England. Sadly as a staunch cricket supporter, you have deprived me of the opportunity to watch a great battle between SA bowlers and yourself.

I am sure that England will do fine without you, however the contest would have been better had you played because of your obvious ties to SA.

13/08/2012 20:29
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Seems as if the ECB was looking for an excuse to drop Pietersen; and he gave them one
13/08/2012 19:48
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An excellent summary Keith, As an Englishman i would do the same if the boot was on the other foot.

Although it is obvious that South Africa are the better side and will go on to take the series.

Weather permitting.

 

13/08/2012 22:35
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seems to me it's a case of drop one of our best players so when we lose we got an excuse ready.
14/08/2012 07:25
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to play for englang you should of been born ENGLISH. KP is not and a lot before him were NOT.

14/08/2012 06:34
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I feel sorry for you kp . 

Your career should have been in another shirt, and not an england one.  
14/08/2012 10:02
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Thanks' for the reply and you are absolutely right, It's a shame great sides like South Africa are not allowed more test matches.
14/08/2012 08:54
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Lets face it KP`s face does not fit with the Dictator, England are being led down the path of just another team, will not be in the top three soon , is it Kp`s fault ?
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