Time for Pietersen to kiss and make up with England squad
22:00 GMT, 2 October 2012
Kevin Pietersen has basically been suspended from his job because his behaviour, notably during the Headingley Test, led to a breakdown in communication with his coach and team-mates. That is what needs to be remembered before he returns to the fold.
I would love to know why Pietersen has not yet sat down with the squad and management and thrashed this out.
He needs to know why he has upset people and explain why he was texting friends in the South Africa team and why it had got to the stage where he felt more able to communicate with the opposition players than his own.
In from the cold: Kevin Pietersen (centre) is set to rejoin the England set-up
That is more important than any ‘public’ apology Pietersen might issue on Wednesday or Thursday before England feel able to move on. If the root of the problem cannot be resolved it should be thank you and good night.
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Everyone deserves a second chance and once Pietersen has spoken to them, the players could accept it is time to move on.
And perhaps there are others in the dressing room who should explain themselves to Pietersen as there have been issues that have upset him too.
Pietersen must look in the mirror. He has fallen out with Natal, Notts, Hampshire and now England. The player cannot be right all the time, especially when you look at the people in this England set-up.
If men such as Andy Flower, Andrew Strauss, Hugh Morris and Geoff Miller say he has done something wrong, I’m inclined to believe them.
Pietersen must commit to England for another three years and put his heart and soul into it before going off to play in the IPL, as Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne did towards the end of their careers.
He has complained about never getting a break and not seeing his family, but here he is in Sri Lanka working for ESPN.
Pietersen has missed an important Test against South Africa and a massive tournament here. It is time to move on and if they can all kiss and make up Pietersen should be on the plane to India. But that meeting with the team must happen.