James Anderson (left) said that the whole affair was sad and that there are more things to worry about than someone's book © Getty Images
James Anderson (left) said that the whole affair was sad and that there are more things to worry about than someone’s book © Getty Images

Oct 10, 2014

England pacer James Anderson has spoken out on Kevin Pietersen‘s accusations about his teammates in his autobiography. Referring to the book, Anderson termed it as a sad affair and said that there are more things to worry than someone’s book. Anderson defended his team on various counts and added that Pietersen was only venting out his frustrations through a book because he never got a chance to stand up for himself in the dressing room.

“I’d like to think they could stay in house. This is not an ideal situation but it’s different with Kev [Kevin Pietersen]. 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,” Anderson was quoted as saying by The Guardian. The pacer spoke at a Hardy’s event hosted at Lord’s on Thursday.

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.

Responding to Pietersen’s accusations of a divided England dressing room, 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 [Pietersen] seems like he has not enjoyed it for any of the time he was there, but we all enjoyed it,” said Anderson.

Ever since Pietersen came out with his autobiography, sparks have been flying all over the place as the cricketer targeted his teammates, coach Andy Flower and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Pietersen on Thursday said that it would not have come to all this if the ECB had given him an explanation for his sacking.

More from Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography here