No quick fix for KP: Arthur
Australia coach Mickey Arthur believes it could take years for Kevin Pietersen to regain the trust of his England teammates following his summer of unrest.
Pietersen has been cast out of the international set-up after admitting, and apologising, for sending texts about his colleagues to South Africa players during the recently-completed Test series.
The controversy has left the 32-year-old’s England future in jeopardy, with upcoming clear-the-air talks with skipper Andrew Strauss – reportedly one of the players Pietersen sent derogatory texts about – the first step towards any resolution.
Arthur, the South African who joined Australia last year, reckons the England hierarchy have handled the situation well but expects it will take some time for the wounds of the saga to heal, if they do at all.
“It takes time to mend,” Arthur told Cricinfo.
“They say trust and reputation takes a year to two years to really build, and you can lose it in two minutes. I think that’s where they’ve got to with KP now.
“England have dealt with it in the best possible way. The way they’ve handled it has been clinical. It’s been ruthless. It’s been very good.
“There’s no one guy that’s bigger than the team and England must’ve thought that KP had got to that point.
“It was tough for them. It was pretty unsettling, but I think they’ve handled it very well.”
England team director Andy Flower has himself admitted it could take some time for Pietersen to re-establish the mutual respect required to welcome him back into the fold and has called on the right-hander to divulge the content of his texts during his talks with Strauss.
Such an admission would be seen as a vital move forward to any smoothing-over of a relationship Pietersen may feel more urgency in repairing, with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) central contracts due for renewal next month.© AAP 2013
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