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Nuri Sahin thanks God he doesn"t play for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool anymore

Thank GOD I don't play for Rodgers any more! Ex-Liverpool midfielder Sahin (who wasn't very good) sticks boot into Kop boss

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

13:55 GMT, 14 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:19 GMT, 14 March 2013

Nuri Sahin has criticised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers following his failure to make an impression at Anfield and thanks God he isn't playing for the Northern Irishman any more.

The Turkey midfielder joined Liverpool on a season-long loan from Real Madrid last summer but he made only 12 appearances before the deal was terminated in January.

The 24-year-old claims he was played out of position without explanation by Rodgers and is now glad not to be playing under him.

Parting shot: Sahin exited Anfield in January after just five months at the club

Parting shot: Sahin exited Anfield in January after just five months at the club

Red alert: Rodgers enjoys a joke with his players during training at the club's Melwood training base

Red alert: Rodgers enjoys a joke with his players during training at the club's Melwood training base

Red alert: Rodgers enjoys a joke with his players during training at the club's Melwood training base

Sahin, now on loan at Borussia Dortmund, told Spanish newspaper AS: 'Brendan Rodgers wanted me to play as a 10. But I do not play behind the forwards.

'I spoke with him and asked him why I was playing there. It is not my real position. The boss could not answer me… still, I am not sorry about it.

'To play in the red jersey and be in Anfield is something marvellous.

Getting shirty: Sahin is delighted to be back at at Dortmund

Getting shirty: Sahin is delighted to be back at at Dortmund

Getting shirty: Sahin is delighted to be back at at Dortmund

'Maybe if I had not gone there I would not have been able to return to Borussia Dortmund. For that, I am happy.

'But I have left Brendan Rodgers, thanks be to God.'

Sahin made his name at Dortmund before joining Real in 2011.

He said: 'I feel well physically and mentally, everything is perfect. After returning to Germany, I feel much better.'

On the up: Liverpool and Rodgers (right) completed an impressive victory over Spurs at the weekend

On the up: Liverpool and Rodgers (right) completed an impressive victory over Spurs at the weekend

Paul Gascoigne out of rehab and coming home to England

Gazza's coming home! Former England star out of rehab and on his way back from Arizona

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

02:05 GMT, 8 March 2013

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UPDATED:

04:17 GMT, 8 March 2013

Paul Gascoigne will return to England after spending time in rehab in Arizona to deal with his severe alcohol problem.

The 45-year-old, whose celebrity friends came together to fund his 6,000-a-week treatment in the US, had a public meltdown at a charity event in Northampton in January but he has vowed to quit booze.

A source close to Gazza told The Sun: ‘We’re just delighted that Paul’s back on track and coming home, where he can get back into his routine of doing the things he enjoys – without the booze getting in the way ever again.'

Emotional: Paul Gascoigne suffered a public meltdown in Northampton

Emotional: Paul Gascoigne suffered a public meltdown in Northampton

The source added: 'He’s been in good hands out there
and he’s worked really hard over the past month to get where he is. We
were as shocked as anyone to see how bad things had got for Paul, and so
we’re just grateful that so many people stood by him like they did.

'We couldn’t have have got him back to good health again without their help.'

After his appearance in Northampton, video footage also emerged of the former Tottenham midfielder at the depths of his alcoholism and mental torment.

Rehab: Gascoigne has since been flown to America for treatment

Rehab: Gascoigne has since been flown to America for treatment

He was drinking two litres of
gin and 15 cans of Stella Artois a day before he was rushed to rehab, a former friend claimed.

One
time housemate Shane Abbott, 36, has also said he was taking up to 30 antidepressant Valium pills a day and
injecting cocaine.

He was rushed
to intensive care from the Cottonwood Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona when doctors feared he
could have suffered a major organ failure after having a seizure due to
alcohol withdrawal.

Heyday: Gascoigne was one of the best players of his generation

Heyday: Gascoigne was one of the best players of his generation

Celebrities
such as Chris Evans, Alan Shearer, Alan Sugar and Ronnie Irani have
lent support to a Twitter campaign to raise the 100,000 needed to cover his treatment.

English players Frank Lampard, John
Terry, Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere had contributed funds, while FA
Charity the England Footballers Foundation also contributed 40,000 from
the national team.

Gascoigne is expected to be alone for two months during his rehabilitation.

Paul Gascoigne: The drink nearly killed me but I wont give up

Gazza: The drink nearly finished me off this time, but I won't give up the fight

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

12:31 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:31 GMT, 3 March 2013

Paul Gascoigne has revealed he came close to death after his latest drinking binge.

The former England star was admitted to a clinic in the United States last month after his celebrity friends came together to fund his 6,000-a-week treatment.

And the 45-year-old insists he is determined to finally conquer his demons.

Emotional: Paul Gascoigne suffered a public meltdown in Northampton

Emotional: Paul Gascoigne suffered a public meltdown in Northampton

‘The drink nearly finished me off this time,' he told Jimmy 'Five Bellies' Gardner.

'I know I’ve never been as bad as this before. But I’m not ready to give up the fight. I’m getting better now. I’m not there yet, but I’m getting there.’

Gardner, who revealed to the Sunday Mirror that he had spoken to Gascoigne, said: ‘Paul sounded frail and weak and scared. But I could hear something else in his voice too.

'I could hear grit and determination. No one knows Paul like I do and I can tell you, he’s not for throwing in the towel.’

Rehab: Gascoigne has since been flown to America for treatment

Rehab: Gascoigne has since been flown to America for treatment

Gascoigne had a public meltdown at a charity function in Northampton in January with pictures showing him looking bloated, sobbing and unable to stand or speak.

Video footage also emerged of the former Tottenham midfielder at the depths of his alcoholism and mental torment.

He was drinking two litres of
gin and 15 cans of Stella Artois a day before he was rushed to a rehab
clinic, a former friend claimed.

One
time housemate Shane Abbott, 36, has also said he was taking up to 30 antidepressant Valium pills a day and
injecting cocaine.

He was rushed
to intensive care from the Cottonwood Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona when doctors feared he
could have suffered a major organ failure after having a seizure due to
alcohol withdrawal.

Heyday: Gascoigne was one of the best players of his generation

Heyday: Gascoigne was one of the best players of his generation

Celebrities
such as Chris Evans, Alan Shearer, Alan Sugar and Ronnie Irani have
lent support to a Twitter campaign to raise the 100,000 needed to cover his treatment.

English players Frank Lampard, John
Terry, Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere had contributed funds, while FA
Charity the England Footballers Foundation also contributed 40,000 from
the national team.

Gascoigne is expected to be alone for two months during his rehabilitation.

GASCOIGNE’S PROBLEMS WITH ALCOHOL

June 1996:
An alcohol-related 'dentist-chair' stunt in a Hong Kong bar during
England's Euro 96 preparations puts Gascoigne on the front pages of the
newspapers back in Britain.

August 1998:
Gascoigne's marriage to Sheryl ends after she is granted a quick
divorce. The player left his wife with a black eye and badly bruised
face and arm after he attacked her in a drunken rage in Gleneagles,
Scotland.

October 1998: The 31-year-old is admitted to the Marchwood Priory hospital to receive treatment for stress and drink problems.

June 2001: Gascoigne admits himself to an alcohol rehabilitation clinic in Arizona on his Everton manager Walter Smith's insistence.

May 2007: Undergoes emergency surgery for a perforated stomach ulcer.

February 2008: Gascoigne is arrested in Newcastle and detained under the Mental Health Act.

June 2008:
The former England footballer is sectioned under the Mental Health Act
following reports that he was acting strangely in Hemel Hempstead.

Manchester United"s title charge held up by floodlight failure at Fulham

Man United's title charge held up briefly by floodlight failure… and then they make dash across London to get train home

By
Dave Wood

PUBLISHED:

19:18 GMT, 2 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:51 GMT, 2 February 2013

Fulham suffered a floodlight failure just before half-time in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with leaders Manchester United at Craven Cottage.

The match was goalless when the ground was plunged into darkness in the 43rd minute of the contest.

Line up: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) walks off the pitch with his players

Line up: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) walks off the pitch with his players

Manchester United player Wayne Rooney (C) walks off the pitch with team mates and Fulham players

The players remained on the pitch briefly before referee Kevin Friend led them off towards the dressing rooms.

Around five minutes after the lights had gone out, the power returned and the players returned to the pitch to play out the remainder of the game.

Manchester United held their nerve to claim a 1-0 victory thanks to Wayne Rooney's fine effort in the 79th minute.

The Premier League leaders, who moved 10 points clear of Man City, then had to dash across London to make their 9pm train back to Manchester.

The floodlights fail at Craven Cottage

Hold up: The lights go out at Craven Cottage

The floodlights fail at Craven Cottage

The floodlights fail at Craven Cottage

Robert Huth: Ryan Shawcross dived when Marouane Fellaini headbutted him

Shawcross shouldn't have dived when Fellaini headbutted him, jokes Huth

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UPDATED:

13:25 GMT, 16 December 2012

Robert Huth made light of the Marouane Fellaini headbutt on Ryan Shawcross by sarcastically telling his Stoke colleague he shouldn't have dived.

The morning after the incident the German defender tweeted: 'Hate to see diving in the Prem. Stay on your feet Shawcross.'

Everton drew 1-1 with Stoke on Saturday in a game which was marred by the moment in which the Belgian midfielder viciously headbutted Shawcross.

Combative: Both Robert Huth and Marouane Fellaini like to throw themselves around

Combative: Both Robert Huth and Marouane Fellaini like to throw themselves around

Heads, you lose: Fellaini should be banned, according to his manager David Moyes

Heads, you lose: Fellaini should be banned, according to his manager David Moyes

Heads, you lose: Marouane Fellaini should be banned, according to his manager David Moyes, after he appeared to headbutt Ryan Shawcross

Following the match, Toffees boss
David Moyes admitted the headbutt was 'not acceptable' and Fellaini
issued an apology on the club's official website and on Twitter.

'I apologise completely to Ryan Shawcross, my team-mates and to our fans at the game,' said Fellaini.

'There was a lot of pushing and
pulling going on inside the Stoke penalty area and I didn't feel I was
getting any protection from the officials.

Grounded: Shawcross was left in a heap clutching his face after the clash

Grounded: Shawcross was left in a heap clutching his face after the clash

'Nevertheless I know I shouldn't have done what I did.

'I have also apologised to the manager
and the staff. I have no excuses, I was disappointed with the way I was
being treated and I lost my temper, which was unprofessional of me.'

Moyes said after the game that Everton
would accept any punishment, with referee Mark Halsey's failure to act
allowing the FA scope to hand down retrospective punishment.

Retrospective action: Fellaini could face an FA charge after this incident

Retrospective action: Fellaini could face an FA charge after this incident

Lord Herman Ouseley steps down from Football Association

Kick It Out chairman Ouseley quits post at FA claiming football is going backwards over racism

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UPDATED:

16:12 GMT, 14 December 2012

Lord Herman Ouseley stepped down from his position on the FA’s council this morning because he believes football is going backwards in tackling racism.

But he will continue as chairman of the game’s equality and inclusion campaign Kick It Out.

The 67-year-old said that black players have lost faith in the FA’s ability to deal with racism and that his position on the council had become ‘untenable’.

Backwards: Lord Herman Ouseley believes football is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to race cases

Backwards: Lord Herman Ouseley believes football is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to race cases

Stepping down: Lord Herman Ouseley

Stepping down: Lord Herman Ouseley

Lord Ouseley criticised the national game’s governing body for ‘allowing its own processes to be undermined in the way it handled the Terry and Suarez cases’ and that there has been ‘almost a complacency that’s been creeping in that we’ve achieved quite a bit and can move on. The sporting ethic seems to be lost in parts of game.’

And when asked on Radio 4 if football is going backwards in terms of racism he replied: ‘Yes, it clearly is.’ Ouseley wants football matches to be stopped if racist chanting is heard in the crowd and for people who run football clubs to show moral leadership adding ‘everyone just protects their own interests’.

The move is confirmation of comments he made earlier in the week. On Tuesday he hinted that he would be quitting in ‘a matter of days’.

And he added: ‘I believe there has been a collective failure on the part of people running the game. They have to come forward very soon with a plan to show that what happened in the last year will not happen again.

‘We need to see some dynamic leadership from David Bernstein [Football Association], Richard Scudamore [Premier League] and Gordon Taylor [Professional Footballers’ Association].

'These are good, committed people but they need to recognise that we’re now in a new climate. Vile chanting and abusive behaviour is out there and we are in very dangerous times with the increase of right-wing activity and intolerance.'

Untenable: John Terry was banned for four matches after racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

Untenable: John Terry was banned for four matches after racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

Graeme Swann: England can win series in India

Now we must finish the job: Swann says England can win series by being clinical

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UPDATED:

23:29 GMT, 11 December 2012

England need only think back to the last Ashes to remind themselves of their desire to finish off a wounded opponent and return home for Christmas with a job gloriously done.

It was in Melbourne two years ago that, joyously, they retained the Ashes by taking a 2-1 lead with a truly momentous performance against Australia.

England could have been forgiven for considering their mission to be accomplished but they followed it up with an even greater victory in Sydney to ensure the series, as well as the fabled urn, was emphatically grasped.

They find themselves now in an identical
situation, with two of their greatest away Test victories in memory
being followed here in the middle of India by a final Test in which
their ruthless instincts will be tested to the full.

Final act: England celebrate a memorable victory at the SCG to seal the Ashes series - and Graeme Swann has urged a repeat performance in India

Final act: England celebrate a memorable victory at the SCG to seal the Ashes series – and Graeme Swann has urged a repeat performance in India

Most in England would have taken a 2-2 draw at the start of this series, and particularly after India’s heavy victory in Ahmedabad, but that would represent failure now for an England team who sense redemption after a miserable year.

Even Graeme Swann was more serious than usual yesterday after England had practised at the well-appointed VCA Stadium for the first time. Kolkata has been consigned to history. Now it is time, in tomorrow’s fourth Test, to ram home England’s advantage.

‘It would have been very easy to just switch off in Sydney after we had retained the Ashes but we managed to pull out our best game of the tour,’ said Swann.

‘It’s a lot more satisfying as a team to finish the job off. We came here to win the series like we did then and that’s what we want to do now.’

The message then still applies. ‘From what I remember, Andrew Strauss sat us down and stressed that all our hard work would be wasted if we had lost in Sydney. Yes, we’d have retained the Ashes but we would have felt as if we’d let ourselves down. It worked then and it’s a good attitude to take in now.’

Tighten the screw: Swann has urged England to claim victory in India for the first time in 27 years

Tighten the screw: Swann has urged England to claim victory in India for the first time in 27 years (FILE IMAGE)

Nagpur holds good memories for England. It was in the ‘cleanest and greenest’ city in India, but not at this ground, that Alastair Cook scored a century on Test debut six years ago and Monty Panesar and, less memorably, Ian Blackwell, also made their England bows.

Last year England played at what must rank among the nicest stadiums in this country in the World Cup and survived a few scares and a Ryan ten Doeschate century before they defeated Holland.

There have been only three Tests at the VCA Stadium, 10 miles outside Nagpur, and all have provided positive results, with the pitch yesterday looking far from the dusty, used, dry turner that many expected. Pitch reading can be a hazardous business, especially two days out from a Test, but this one looked pretty good.

The most pleasing aspect of England’s transformation is that they have triumphed both on a raging turner in Mumbai and a flat surface in Kolkata and, as Swann revealed, the great comeback has been as much to do with attitudes as conquering playing surfaces.

‘It would have been very easy to get into a rut after Ahmedabad, of losing games and thinking about going home rather than winning the next one,’ said Swann. ‘A lot of focus and energy went into ensuring that this tour wasn’t going to be like that.

Ton machine: England will look to Alastair Cook once again on what is expected to be a results pitch in Nagpur (FILE IMAGE)

Ton machine: England will look to Alastair Cook to lead from the front once again in Nagpur (FILE IMAGE)

‘It was made very clear after the first Test, whether it came from management or senior players, that Mumbai was a chance to level the series and anybody who didn’t see it that way wasn’t welcome in the dressing room.

‘We probably approached the tour a bit different this time. We have tried to embrace India and believed that we could win this series. I’m not sure that’s always been the case here.

‘I’ve only been on one other Indian tour but there certainly seemed more belief from the outset on this one.’

England are set to be unchanged, but it was interesting to see Andy Flower call Cook over to watch Jonny Bairstow in the nets yesterday. It would be harsh on Samit Patel if he is left out now, but his bowling is largely redundant in a team including both Swann and Panesar and he has a top score in this series of 33.

For India the repercussions rumble on. Zaheer Khan will not feature for the first time when fit for five years and Ashok Dinda looks set to replace him even though they have the option of a third spinner in Piyush Chawla, who has come into the squad for Harbhajan Singh. Ravindra Jadeja, who has just scored the third triple hundred of his career, replaces Yuvraj Singh.

One last hurrah Sachin Tendulkar could call an end to his Test career after 15,643 runs - and counting

One last hurrah Sachin Tendulkar could call an end to his Test career after 15,643 runs – and counting (FILE IMAGE)

But it is at the top where most of India’s attention is focused. This could really be the last Test for one of the greatest players the game has known in Sachin Tendulkar, while MS Dhoni is playing for his Test captaincy.

It is also difficult to see Duncan Fletcher taking up the year’s option on his coaching contract when it is up for renewal in April.

These are testing times for the richest, most powerful country in cricket but England have the chance to further trouble them by winning a series here for the first time in 27 years and, in the process, ensure that India’s ‘revenge’ series turns to dust. Expect Cook and his team to do just that.

Joe Hart says Manchester City let themselves down

We're Hart-broken! Joe says City let themselves down after Euro failure… but champions will bounce back for derby

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UPDATED:

00:45 GMT, 5 December 2012

Joe Hart said Manchester City let themselves down after suffering an ignominious exit from Europe.

Defeat by Borussia Dortmund meant City not only missed out on the Europa League but finished as English football's worst performers in the Champions League group stage, gaining three points.

'Have we let ourselves down by finishing last' said Hart. 'Of course we have. We've not even got in the Europa League.

Out of reach: Joe hart could not keep out Julian Schieber's strike

Out of reach: Joe hart could not keep out Julian Schieber's strike

'We wanted a win and we've let ourselves down. We wanted to do it and if that meant Europa League then great.'

But Hart backed City to bounce back against Manchester United on Sunday.

He said: 'We've been fantastic in the league, so I don't think there are worries about Sunday. Hopefully now we can win the league and deal with Europe next year.'

City manager Roberto Mancini was not too perturbed about missing out on the Europa League, saying: 'Maybe it could be good for us that we will not have to play on Thursday and then again at the weekend.'

He echoed Hart's sentiments about the United game, adding: 'It's the derby next and I don't think there will be a problem with morale. They will be fine by the time that comes round.'

Roberto Mancini added that Dortmund, who suffered a premature exit last season, are a good example for them as they look to improve in future.

He said: 'Last year Borussia Dortmund went out in the first group and were fourth in that group.

'This year, for me, they are probably a team that can win the Champions League.

'When you start playing Champions League, if you make some mistakes, like we did in the first two or three games, you don't have time to recover.

'We were 2-1 up in Madrid with four minutes to go, and we were winning 1-0 in Amsterdam and then had two or three chances to score another goal.

'If we make these mistakes, afterwards, you have no time.'

Dejected: Although Carlos Tevez (centre) and Co worked hard, they could not get a result

Dejected: Although Carlos Tevez (centre) and Co worked hard, they could not get a result

Frustration: Mario Balotelli threw the ball on the floor late in the match

Frustration: Mario Balotelli threw the ball on the floor late in the match

City must quickly put the disappointment aside to prepare for Sunday's top-of-the-table Barclays Premier League clash with rivals Manchester United.

Mancini said: 'I don't think there will be a problem with morale.

'We didn't lose the Champion League tonight – it's clear that tonight we lost the chance to qualify for the Europa League.

'But I think that after that, it is important that we only think about the derby.

'We have five days to recover our strength, and then I don't think there will be a problem.'

City have decided to stay in Germany for an extra night rather than travelling straight home.

Mancini said: 'It is better for the players to stay here overnight and recover, otherwise we will arrive in Manchester at five o'clock in the morning.'

Gutted: Joe Hart said that City let themselves down

Gutted: Joe Hart said that City let themselves down

Kevin Pietersen"s five best innings – Sportsmail looks back

After his man of the match knock in Mumbai, Sportsmail remembers five of KP's best

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UPDATED:

08:29 GMT, 26 November 2012

1 158 v Australia, The Oval, 2005

Secured England’s first Ashes victory since 1986-87 with a stunning post-lunch assault on Brett Lee, and finished with seven sixes on one of the most famous days in English cricketing history

2 151 v Sri Lanka, Colombo, 2011-12

Switch-hit Sri Lanka to distraction, whacking six sixes in a 165-ball innings to help England square the series after four Test defeats in a row.

Reaching new heights: KP was at his big-hitting best in Colombo in 2012

Reaching new heights: KP was at his big-hitting best in Colombo in 2012

3 149 v South Africa, Headingley 2012

Two days before claiming ‘it’s hard being me’, Pietersen suggested it was actually quite fun, destroying the world’s best seam attack on a memorable Saturday afternoon

4 186 v India, Mumbai, 2012-13

With the pressure on after his double failure at Ahmedabad, Pietersen showed he was none for the worse for his exile. Walked off to a standing ovation at the Wankhede.

Turn around: KP turned a terrible situation into a match-winning one

Turn around: KP turned a terrible situation into a match-winning one

5 129 v New Zealand, Napier, 2007-08

England were 4 for 3 on the first morning of the series decider against the Kiwis, but Pietersen gauged the seam-friendly conditions perfectly to set up victory.

England's finest on century duty

Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen have scored more Test runs in Asia than any other English batsmen.

England in India

Cook and Pietersen equalled the English record of 22 Test tons (Wally Hammond, Colin Cowdrey and Geoff Boycott) but they are a way behind the world’s top five.

The best

Pietersen is currently 35th on the all-time Test run-scoring list and Cook is 44th.

Best ever

Cook has now scored more runs than any other batsman by the age of 27.

Cook

Kevin Pietersen praises united England as tourists home in on famous win over India

'It's great to be back in a united side': Pietersen praises team spirit as England home in on win

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UPDATED:

23:52 GMT, 25 November 2012

A relieved Kevin Pietersen praised England’s ‘united’ dressing room after his magnificent 186 against India here helped ease the pain of his summer exile.

In only his second international appearance since being dropped for sending BlackBerry messages to members of the South African team in August — and following his double failure in the first Test at Ahmedabad — Pietersen answered the final question of his ‘reintegration’ examination in style.

‘It feels really good,’ he said. ‘I’m back playing cricket for England. It’s amazing to get back into the Test scene. ‘The dressing room is absolutely fantastic. We’re sticking together really well. The boys are all helping each other out.

‘We’re also not letting things get on
top of us. If anyone’s going through a rough time, we’ve got everyone
else who’s right behind them. It’s a very united dressing room at the
moment.’

As pleased as punch: Kevin Pietersen hit 186 as England home in on a famous win (FILE IMAGE)

As pleased as punch: Kevin Pietersen hit 186 as England home in on a famous win (FILE IMAGE)

In a TV interview conducted immediately after the close of the third day at the Wankhede Stadium, Pietersen referred to the ‘turmoil’ of recent weeks, and he later admitted he had not been in the right frame of mind during the first Test, when he was bowled twice by left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, for 17 and two.

‘I wasn’t playing well at all in Ahmedabad,’ he said. ‘I didn’t trust my defence as much as I trusted it coming into this Test and, as a batter, if you don’t trust your defence, you try too many things. ‘You try to force the issue. I went and did a lot of hard work, as I always do. And luckily it paid off.’

Pietersen claimed England’s spinners had outbowled India’s because Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann deliver the ball quicker through the air than Ojha, Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh.

‘The quicker you bowl, the quicker it spins and the less time you have to adjust,’ he said.

‘We saw that with Tendulkar and Dhoni. As soon as you play down the line of the ball, as soon as it turns, you don’t have the time to adjust.’