Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shattered Pietersen's at the End of His Tether after Winter of Misery; Losing Captaincy Left Star So Drained He Feels like 'Doing a Robinho' and Jetting Back to His Wife in England. by Marco Giacomelli

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shattered Pietersen's at the End of His Tether after Winter of Misery; Losing Captaincy Left Star So Drained He Feels like 'Doing a Robinho' and Jetting Back to His Wife in England. by Marco Giacomelli

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Byline: Marco Giacomelli

KEVIN PIETERSEN admitted today he "was at the end of his tether" and desperate to return home after a tortuous winter with England in the Caribbean.

The 28-year-old even admitted he was "ready to do a Robinho", referring to the Manchester City striker who walked out of a club training camp in Tenerife to return to Brazil in January.

Pietersen, missing his wife, former Liberty X star Jess, has struggled to cope with the fall-out from the end of his reign as skipper while England's lacklustre displays against the West Indies have added to his troubles.

Ahead of today's third one-day international in Barbados, he said: "It's been a heck of a tough time and I'm at the end of my tether now. Really and truly I can't wait to get home. I'm ready to do a Robinho and disappear back home." Pietersen, at the helm for only three Tests, was forced to quit as captain in January after calling for coach Peter Moores to be replaced.

Moores was also axed but Pietersen said the affair "had drained him mentally" and went on: "I still don't understand why everything happened so suddenly and so quickly.

"It's something I've got to deal with and live with, and I have dealt with it and I'm living with it. I just want to bat and bat now. I know people have been watching me and talking about me throughout this tour." Pietersen said that England's performances in the Caribbean had been "just not good enough" but he insisted there had been no problems with him being in the side.

"There haven't been any dramas here or any trouble with me going back to the ranks like some people seemed to think there would be. I knew it wouldn't be a problem," he said.

But he admitted he was wary of giving his successor Andrew Strauss any advice, saying: "It's been too close to the bone in terms of what happened in January and that has made it difficult for me to get involved in decisions." He told the Daily Mail: "I never had everything I wanted as England captain, that's the thing that gets me. …

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