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Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes that there is absolutely no way back for Kevin Pietersen following the release of his autobiography.
Pietersen revealed that ex-head coach Andy Flower “ruled by fear”, while wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior was a “bad influence” in the dressing room and especially on captain Alastair Cook.
“Kevin is absolutely allowed his opinion and I have nodded at and agreed with some of the things I have read, including some of the stuff about team spirit and shouting at players,” Hussain told Sky Sports. “However, I can’t see any way back for him with some of the things he has said in his book and that’s probably the one thing he will be most disappointed with this year.
“If he felt hard done by and that he should still have been playing for England, the best way to pile pressure on [England captain Alastair] Cook and the ECB was to pile on first-class hundreds for Surrey and get big T20 and one-day runs.
“He didn’t do that and has let his book to the talking and it’s a bit of a shame that this has all come out in public.
“We must remember that Kevin and Andy Flower were part of the No 1 Test team in the world – and that Kevin, at times, batted like the No 1 batsman in the world.”
Hussain also feels that things started to fall apart when the players lost respect for each other.
“I think what happened at the end with England was that the respect had gone – some of the players didn’t respect Pietersen and he didn’t respect some of them,” Hussain said. “Team spirit is about respect – if you ask Shane Warne he will tell you he didn’t particularly get on with Steve Waugh but that they respected each other when they stepped over the white line.
“Once you lose the respect and then lose games as well, as England did 5-0 in the Ashes series, the wheels come off.
“I wasn’t in the dressing room so have no idea about this bullying thing, but a cricket dressing room is a very harsh place and full of pressures and banter. When I was England captain I always tried to make sure banter didn’t cross over into cricketing matters as that then becomes very personal. One bad comment about someone’s cricket in a high-pressure environment will hurt and be remembered.”