Pietersen’s criticism did not affect me in any way whatsoever, says James Taylor

"He's just another one of those little people who doubts me"

“He’s just another one of those little people who doubts me”

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England batsman James Taylor has revealed that being criticised by Kevin Pietersen in his autobiography has not affected him in any way whatsoever.

In his autobiography, Pietersen claimed that Taylor was scared of facing the South Africa pace trio of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel in 2012. He also questioned whether Taylor, who is 5ft 6in, was too short to play international cricket.

“We were facing the fiercest attack in world cricket; I didn’t think he was up for it,” Pietersen wrote.

Responding to the comments in Pietersen’s autobiography, Taylor said: “Everybody is allowed their opinion and I’ve had plenty of people in the past saying things about me behind my back, that’s just the way it is.

“We’re all big enough and strong enough to take it, it motivates you. There are plenty of people who have doubted me in the past and he’s just another one of those little people who doubts me. I’ve proven them wrong and I’ll continue to do that – it spurs you on: proving people wrong is a big motivation for me.

“There’s no anger. So many people doubt you all the time – especially with me being smaller than most. That doesn’t bother me though – I pack a decent punch for my size. I’ve also scored runs in the past and hopefully I’ll do that in the future in international cricket.”

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