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Months after his central contract was terminated, England batsman Kevin Pietersen has revealed that he is actually relieved to be “out of the dressing room”.
While Pietersen also said that the dressing room was “not a pleasant place” to be during England’s disastrous tour of Australia, he insisted that the relationship between him and his team-mates “was fine”.
“I am at peace with everything,” Pietersen wrote in his column for The Telegraph. “It took only a couple of conversations with my family to start thinking this way because of how much I really did not enjoy the winter.
“In fact, it has been a relief to be out of the dressing room because it was not a pleasant place in Australia. We were losing and in my opinion the environment was poor and I was not alone in thinking that. It is a view shared by a number of the players who have spoken their minds since coming back from the tour.”
Pietersen was also infuriated with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) decision to play back-to-back Ashes series in order to avoid it clashing with the 2015 World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand.
“As soon as we arrived the Australian media turned the heat up on us,” he wrote. “I have had that for years so it did not bother me. It was fun. But for other players you could sense it was a problem. The senior players were tired and it soon became a really long grind against an Australian side that had their backs up in their own country.”
The South African-born batsman also noted that when England were whitewashed 5-0 in the Ashes series, it was clear that head coach Andy Flower wanted him out of the team.
“After the Sydney Test, a headline came out claiming Flower had said to the ECB it was either ‘him or me’. He denied saying that but the damage was done.”
Pietersen also denied rumours that there was a lot of hostility within the England camp during their tour of Australia.
“We had an incredible tour on and off the field,” he wrote. “I was helping all the bowlers out with their batting, and the night we lost 5-0 we were all having a drink in the bar together with our wives and girlfriends, which proves all was OK between us and still is.
“I have no issue with the players, as many have said in interviews since the tour ended. I speak to Stuart Broad and I even organised for Graeme Swann to go on holiday to one of my friend’s hotels after he retired.”
The 33-year-old added that he has no desire to be part of the England squad for their upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.
“Could I play more Test cricket? Yes of course, but should I sit here thinking I should be playing on Thursday? No, because that is when jealousy and negative thoughts come into your head,” he wrote.