Former England cricketer Pietersen comments on bullying claims

Tuesday October 7th, 2014

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has alleged that a culture of bullying developed within England's team. Pietersen made the allegations in an interview with The Telegraph.

Pietersen says that former coach Andy Flower ruled "by fear" and that former teammate Matt Prior played a large role in the bullying campaign.

In his book, which is set to be published on Thursday, Pietersen says there was a clique of players who ran the dressing-room, according to a report from BBC Sport. Pietersen also says people not included in the exclusive club were "fair game for mocking, ridicule and bullying." 

Former England teammate Graeme Swann denied Pietersen's allegations, describing them as "codswallop," according to the report.

Pietersen also addressed text messages about a teammate he sent to South Africa players in 2012. Pietersen said the messages did not include information about England's tactics. 

"That's absolute garbage, complete nonsense," he said, according to the report. "It hits to the heart of your profession. It is not something I would do, it is a no-go area."

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