Kevin Pietersen has faced criticism after being axed from the England side © Getty Images
Kevin Pietersen has faced criticism after being axed from the England side © Getty Images

 

Feb 7, 2014

 

Beleagured and under fire England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has received support from his wife Jessica Taylor, who has labelled former cricketer Dominic Cork as a ‘liar’ on Twitter, for his comments on the now axed star.

 

Cork, who works as a television pundit on Sky Sports, had made some comments about Pietersen having a fall-out with his skipper Alastair Cook during England’s 0-5 humiliation by the Australians Down Under, which apparently has not gone down well with Taylor, reported Mid-Day.

 

Even former captain Michael Vaughan has come to Pietersen’s rescue as he joined Taylor in rubbishing Cork’s claims of an ‘altercation’ between Cook and the maverick batsman taking place during the Sydney Test after a tense atmosphere in the English dressing room prevailed in the aftermath of the series loss against Australia.

 

“Dominic Cork — there was no ‘squaring up’ to Alastair Cook or ‘off-field antics’ in Australia — you are lying, plain & simple,” wrote Taylor.

 

 

“Regurgitating rumour and spinning it as fact is not what I’d call responsible journalism. The public deserve so much better – the truth,” Taylor further tweeted.

 

 

 

Vaughan’ who also tweeted against Cork felt that Pietersen’s criticism was uncalled for and felt that Cork should have kept his words for himself.

 

“With the way England were playing I am sure players had lots of strong debate in the Dressing Room. But squaring up??? #Nonsense,” tweeted Vaughan.

 

 

 

Cork was earlier quoted by Sky Sports News as saying,” What I’m hearing is there was an altercation between himself [Pietersen] and Alastair Cook.”

 

“When you put yourself out there as captain and an altercation happens – I heard there was nearly a dust-up, a fight in the Sydney Pavilion – you can’t do that to a captain,” added Cork.

 

Apart from the twitter battle between the trio, the fact that Pietersen has played his last match for England has probably come as a shock for fans throughout the world, with former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne too coming out in the England stars support on the social networking site.

 

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had earlier decided to put an end to Pietersen’s career after a meeting between new managing director, Paul Downton, Cook, One-Day International coach Ashley Giles and national selector James Whitaker took its course.

 

With his England career apparently over now Pietersen may turn out to be a hot prospect for the many Twenty 20 sides that are waiting to acquire his services in the ultra-short format of the game.