Kevin Pietersen axe may spark England downfall: Shane Warne

Shane Warne also shared a few thoughts on leadership and management Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Aug 13, 2012

Australian spin legend Shane Warne on Monday slammed England for their decision to drop Kevin Pietersen, saying it may lead them to downfall.

Warne shared his thoughts on the social networking site Twitter, saying if Pietersen hadn t stepped up and scored a gritty ton at Headingley for England, South Africa would have taken the game and lead to 2-0 in the ongoing Test series.

“If KP didn’t play second test V SA the score line would read SA 2 ENG 0.. SA ranked number 1 test team in the world, need I say more…” Warne wrote.

The former cricketer, who is known for his tactical mind and prowess, shared a few thoughts on leadership and management.

“Team = all in it together as a unit But everyone is different, it’s up to the leadership group to make everyone feel special & important. And… get the best out of the individual’s & create an environment that people can be the best they can be.. That’s leadership !(sic)”

“End result if you can achieve that.. A happy team heading in the one direction & allowing people to still be individuals,” he tweeted.

Warne said England may face downfall after their harsh decision to sack Pietersen.

“For English cricket to be in this situation after so much good work, there’s only one way now for our friendly English buddies…”

“And that’s unfortunately down the rankings.. It’s hard to work out how it has got this bad Management and leadership has to be looked at. KP excepting responsibility & say he behaved in a silly way in some areas too…”

“But as I said I’m sure if KP was made to feel important, Which he is to the England cricket team, then this situation would have never happened. Are the people who had the twitter account owning up… Or are they gutless and now feeling terrible… It’s just a shame the public miss out on seeing KP play for England…” he added.

“When someone is gone you realise how important they are to you and or a team & in this case, how much you miss them and their character !” he said.

Warne revealed he didn’t like a few players during his playing days, but it never effected the team’s performance.

“And for that matter some didnt like me, but once we stepped out n the field – unit !! Era hope some good comes out of all of this mess.. So, if the England players have lost respect for KP & ; KP them – its irrelevant wether they like him or not.. I didn’t like some players !”