Pietersen’s autobiography is nothing more than a distraction, says Ben Stokes

"I think the reports can suggest that everything has been based around the book rather than the cricket"

“I think the reports can suggest that everything has been based around the book rather than the cricket”

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes believes that former batsman Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography, which has caused a lot of controversy at of late, is nothing more than a distraction.

Stokes noted that the national team have to solely focus on their upcoming limited overs tour of Sri Lanka later this month instead of getting caught up in the fervour of the claims made by Pietersen.

“One major thing that I reckon is that it’s taken the eye off the cricket side of things, it’s been focused on the book rather than the amount of stuff we’ve got coming up,” Stokes told Sky Sports. “We’ve got a World Cup coming up after the new year and we’ve got a massive tour coming up to Sri Lanka.

“We’ve been massively focused on what we’ve got coming up in the next six months and I think the reports can suggest that everything has been based around the book rather than the cricket.”

In his autobiography, Pietersen claimed that rifts between players and the coaching staff had caused the national team to be whitewashed 5-0 during their last Ashes series against Australia.

However, Stokes, who made his debut during that series, refused to comment on what really happened in the England dressing room during that disastrous tour.

“I didn’t have any part in all these things that went on behind closed doors,” he said. “All the meetings and everything like that, I still don’t know if they actually happened or not so I don’t really think I could comment on anything like that.

“At the moment it’s a really strong dressing room, we’ve got a lot of new faces in it and I think it can only bode well for England in the future.”

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