Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flower Spells out England's Position regarding Anderson and Kevin

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flower Spells out England's Position regarding Anderson and Kevin

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THE presence of one controversial character and absence of another key contributor will keep tongues wagging in Birmingham as England seek an Test series whitewash over West Indies.

Kevin Pietersen is in town, less than a week after announcing his retirement from limited-overs international cricket, to fulfil his duty in the only format for which he remains available. James Anderson, with near equal resonance, is not here to try to add to his nine wickets in two home victories to date - thanks to England's rotation policy, with Durham's Graham Onions waiting in the wings.

Coach Andy Flower was so exercised by that topic, and the whys and wherefores already muttered about the resting of Anderson, that he arranged an extra Press briefing to spell out the England and Wales Cricket Board's position.

Before that, it fell to Jonathan Trott to become the first of Pietersen's England teammates to speak this week on the mercurial batsman's decision to forego any future in either 50-over or Twenty20 internationals.

Trott voiced his "huge disappointment" that Pietersen will no longer be available in either of the 'World Cup' formats, adding it is up to the man himself to come to terms with his change of path.

"I don't think you can help someone who's made a personal decision," he said. "If he's made a personal decision he's got to accept it.

Everyone makes decisions in life - you've got to accept it."

Trott does not expect Pietersen to seek motivation, or solace, within the England camp after packing away his coloured clothing for the last time for his adopted country. "As a team we've all accepted it and fully support him," he said. "If he needs a bit of geeing up, he can always come to a few of us - and we can tell him."

The end of Pietersen's limited-overs career was a shock to many, and the source of much conjecture over how smoothly or otherwise conversations and negotiations had run between the player and his employers.

Similar qualms were voiced in some quarters too about Anderson's willingness to sit out a Test in which he could reasonably expect to add to his tally of wickets. …

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