Pietersen’s autobiography ‘is a settling of scores’, says Michael Atherton

"Clearly this is an end-of-career book that is very bitter about how his career ended and therefore is a settling of scores"

“Clearly this is an end-of-career book that is very bitter about how his career ended and therefore is a settling of scores”

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Former England captain Michael Atherton has described Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography as “a settling of scores”.

Atherton also noted that he was skeptical of some of the claims Pietersen made in his book, especially about ex-head coach Andy Flower ruling by fear.

“There was obviously a complete breakdown in the relationship between Andy Flower and Kevin Pietersen, but you have to look at the record,” Atherton told Sky Sports. “Andy Flower led England to an unprecedented period of success between 2010 and 2012 and according to Pietersen 95% of what he did was useless. You have to take that with a pinch of salt. This is a man who has got a more successful record than any professional coach England have ever had, so clearly he was doing some good things along the way.

“It all ended acrimoniously with the whitewash in Australia, so things went bad towards the end, but I think everyone who has followed England cricket would look back at that peirod and recognise a successful, well-discisplined, well-drilled, harmonious team that was winning. That was under Andy Flower.

“There are bits in the book where you wonder how much truth there is there because I’ve heard him talk in the past about fantastic team spirit and what a great coach Flower is, but clearly this is an end-of-career book that is very bitter about how his career ended and therefore is a settling of scores.”

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