England cricketers are sick and tired of Kevin Pietersen: Dominic Cork

Dominic Cork censured Kevin Pietersen by saying that the middle-order mainstay is lost and lonely in the England team Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 9, 2012

Former pacer Dominic Cork believes England cricketers have lost patience with the 32-year-old Kevin Pietersen, who sparked controversy by revealing that he has to face politics within the team.

Pietersen on Monday stunned everyone by claiming that there s more to playing for England and being a part of this side, as he has to face politics, in addition to his disagreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

“You’ve got to take your hat off to Kevin Pietersen – that was a fantastic innings at Headingley – but what disappointed a lot of players within that changing room was his reaction,” Cork said.

The former right-arm pacer told Sky Sports News, “There are obviously players whose patience is wearing thin at the moment; this isn’t a one-off story with Kevin Pietersen and I think that when you’re in that changing room – and what I’m hearing – is that England players now are actually sick and tired of hearing about Kevin Pietersen in a series that is one of the biggest series England have had since Australia.

“What it does is it takes the focus away from exactly what this is all about. It’s not about a Kevin Pietersen story, it’s about an England side who are trying to hold onto that No.1 status.

“They are struggling at the moment, 1-0 down, despite a better performance at Headingley which was mainly down to a fantastic innings [from Pietersen],” he added.

Cork censured Pietersen by saying that the middle-order mainstay is lost and lonely in the England team.

“But the interview after the second Test was a sad indictment of a cricketer who is lost and lonely in that team,” he concluded.