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England pace bowler James Anderson has become the latest player to denounce former batsman Kevin Pietersen for the accusations he made in his autobiography.
Anderson also stated that it was “sad” that Pietersen claimed there was a bullying culture within the England team.
“We’ve got more important things to worry about than someone’s book,” Anderson said. “The issues that have been brought up are sad really. The dressing room for the seven or eight years we were winning and successful was fantastic. You don’t achieve what we did during that period without all the guys pulling in the same direction.
“I can’t get my head round it. He seems like he has not enjoyed it for any of the time he was there, but we all enjoyed it.”
Anderson also defended former head coach Andy Flower after Pietersen claimed that he ruled by fear.
“It’s overshadowed what we achieved,” he said. “We had a successful time under coach Andy Flower. We won three Ashes series, got to world No. 1 and won in India for the first time in 20-odd years – Andy was the driving force behind that.
“That period of time as an England cricketer was the highlight of my career so far, and I’m sure I speak for the other lads when I say it was probably the highlight of their career so far too.
“Sitting on the outfield at Sydney, having won 3-1 in 2010-11, sharing a drink, chatting through our favourite moments of that particular tour will stick with me for many years to come. I’m sure that many of the other lads will feel the same. Hopefully what has come out won’t overshadow what we did achieve and what was not just a successful period but a really enjoyable one too.”
However, interestingly enough, Anderson pointed out that Pietersen had not been given a chance to defend himself when he was sacked by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
“This is not an ideal situation but it’s different with Kev,” Anderson said. “He never got a chance to stand up for himself in the dressing room because the opportunity to be in the dressing room was taken away from him by the powers that be. He is now venting his frustration through a book.”