Smith backs Pietersen’s bullying claims

"A lot of the stuff that he's touched on in his book, the bullying stuff, you certainly did experience some of it when you played against them"

“A lot of the stuff that he’s touched on in his book, the bullying stuff, you certainly did experience some of it when you played against them”

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Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith has backed Kevin Pietersen’s claims of bullying being rife in the England team.

Smith’s comments come after ex-Australia skipper Ricky Ponting also confirmed that Pietersen was telling the truth.

Smith, who retired earlier this year, also admitted that his side were able to beat England in 2012 due to the problems within their camp.

“Some of the stuff that he touches on in his book I certainly can believe,” Smith told Johannesburg-based radio station Highveld FM. “Having played against them we always used to say if we could get a win or get ahead, that they would turn on each other.

“A lot of the stuff that he’s touched on in his book, the bullying stuff, you certainly did experience some of it when you played against them and you knew you could use it as an asset to get on the other side of them.”

Smith also criticised the England management for dropping Pietersen during that series after he allegedly sent “derogatory texts” about former captain Andrew Strauss to the South African players.

“KP is a draw card and world cricket loves to watch him play the game,” he said. “I think it’s sad he is not playing international cricket anymore and I think English cricket is worse off without him.

“Man-management is probably a big factor in why he is not there.”

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