Kevin Pietersen sent text messages to South African players during second Test

Kevin Pietersen (R) has sent text messages to Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers, commenting on Andrew Strauss (L) and his English team-mates Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 10, 2012

Controversies surrounding Kevin Pietersen seem to increase, when he was found to send text messages to few South African players during the Headingley Test.

Such an event might incite further tensions in the English camp and coach Andy Flower and captain Andrew Strauss would like to avoid such distractions ahead of third Test at Lord s.

The messages were apparently sent to South African pacer Dale Steyn and wicketkeeper AB de Villiers, which had comments about Strauss and other team-mates.

“I can confirm that text messages were sent but they contained friendly banter between guys who have played with each other in the past,” Proteas manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee was quoted as being said by

Steyn played with Pietersen for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) while De Villiers is a Delhi Daredevils (DD) team-mate in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Both the players are supposedly bewildered by Pietersen s cribbing about dressing-room politics and sharing with them during the second Test.

The incident was followed by Pietersen spending time with the South African players on day one of the Headingley Test.

England Cricket Board (ECB) refused to comment on this incident on Thursday night.

England is trailing Test series 1-0 to South Africa and to ensure that they maintain their top position, they have to win the third Test at Lord s.