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Jesse Ryder out of induced coma and interacting with family after sickening assault in Christchurch

Ryder releases statement after brutal attack as cricketer says he feels 'heaps better' after coming out of induced coma

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

00:05 GMT, 31 March 2013

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UPDATED:

07:04 GMT, 31 March 2013

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder today said he was 'heaps better' but 'really tired' in his first public statement since the attack which put him in intensive care.

The 28-year-old Wellington all-rounder was admitted to Christchurch Hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning and placed in an induced coma after suffering multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, in an attack outside a bar.

Ryder was yesterday brought out of the coma and is now out of intensive care.

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Critical condition: Jesse Ryder

Support: Ryder

Stable condition: Jesse Ryder has come out of an induced coma and is regaining speech

Scene: The New Zealand cricketer was attacked close to Aikmans Bar

Scene: The New Zealand cricketer was attacked close to Aikmans Bar

He today he released a statement
saying: 'I just want to let everyone know that I’m okay. I feel heaps
better today but still really tired.

'I’ve been reading your messages that have been sent so thank you to everyone for thinking of me over the last few days.

'I want to thank everyone who has
been caring for me at the hospital – they have been awesome. Thank you
to my family and friends who have been here also.'

Two men – a 20-year-old and a 37-year-old who police said are related – will appear in court on Thursday charged with assault.

Found: The McDonald's in Merivale, Christchurch, where Ryder was found

Followed: The McDonald's in Merivale, Christchurch, where Ryder was attacked

Induced coma: Ryder remains in Christchurch hospital

Induced coma: Ryder remains in Christchurch hospital

Police chief reveals details of incident which left Jesse Ryder…

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Police believe Ryder was involved in
an altercation with two people outside Aikmans bar in the Christchurch
suburb of Merivale shortly after 12.30am local time on Thursday morning,
and was then assaulted by one of the two, who followed him towards the
car park of a nearby McDonald’s.

Ryder, a controversial figure whose
career has been plagued by off-field incidents, has not played for New
Zealand since February last year.

He spent three days in intensive care
but on Saturday his manager, Aaron Klee, revealed that he is now
breathing independently and talking to his family. Police have arrested
two men.

Former New Zealand pace bowler Iain O'Brien said of Ryder: 'He's the kind of guy that always will have a drink.

Jesse Ryder

Jesse Ryder

International: Ryder has played 18 Tests, 39 ODIs and 20 T20s for his country

'When he is off the stuff he's a
wonderful, wonderful man – he's one of the funniest guys and very jovial
– but on the other side of it, when he has been drinking he can
certainly suffer the lows.'

Ryder has played 18 Tests and 39 one-day internationals for the Black Caps, his last appearance an ODI against South Africa.

Jesse Ryder in critical condition after being beaten up outside Christchurch bar

New Zealand's Ryder in critical condition after being attacked outside Christchurch bar

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

20:41 GMT, 27 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:09 GMT, 27 March 2013

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has been admitted to Christchurch Hospital after being attacked at a bar, police have confirmed.

According to reports in New Zealand, the 28-year-old all-rounder is in a critical condition in intensive care after suffering a fractured skull and a collapsed lung.

It is understood that three men attacked the controversial cricketer from behind.

Critical condition: Jesse Ryder

Support: Ryder

Critical condition: Jesse Ryder is in hospital in Christchurch after suffering serious head injuries

A statement on the New Zealand Police website read: 'Police are investigating an incident at a bar in Merivale in the early hours of this morning.

Cricket tweets support for Ryder

Michael Vaughan (former England captain) – Devastating news regarding Jesse Ryder… Just hope he can pull through… Thoughts are with him and his family…

Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire and former Ireland seamer) – Get well soon Jesse Ryder!

Ross Taylor (New Zealand batsman, former captain) – Thinking of you mate @DijaRyder

Black Caps (Official New Zealand cricket Twitter account) – The whole NZC team's thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning.

Luke Wright (England limited overs all-rounder) – Hope your ok @DijaRyder. Get well soon buddy.

Martin Guptill (New Zealand batsman) – Thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning. Get well soon bro.

'Police can confirm the incident did involve Jesse Ryder and that he is currently in Christchurch Hospital.'

St John Ambulance confirmed to TVNZ that two ambulances responded to an alleged assault at 12.34am in the morning.

'We transported to Christchurch Hospital ED under lights and sirens one patient, a male, aged in his 20s, with very serious head injuries,' St John Ambulance said.

Ryder, a controversial figure whose career has been plagued by off-field incidents, is on an indefinite break from international cricket and has not played for New Zealand since February last year.

Ryder has played 18 Tests and 39 one-day internationals for the Black Caps, his last appearance an ODI against South Africa.

He played yesterday for the Wellington Firebirds in the major preliminary final against Canterbury Wizards at Hagley Oval and was due to fly out to India this week to compete for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.

New Zealand Cricket revealed its chief executive David White, Peter Clinton from Cricket Wellington, Heath Mills from the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association and Ryder's manager Aaron Klee were flying to Christchurch.

'We are all shocked by what has occurred and extremely concerned for Jesse. New Zealand Cricket's thoughts are with him and his family,' White said.

New Zealand Cricket said the four would likely hold a press conference once they had ascertained the facts surrounding Ryder's injuries and his current condition.

Tillakaratne Dilshan hits century for Sri Lanka v Australia

Sri Lanka stay in touch after Dilshan hits century against Australia

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10:25 GMT, 16 December 2012

A century from Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan prevented Australia from taking a sizeable lead into their second innings on the third day of the first Test in Hobart.

The hosts will take a 141 run lead with 10 wickets in tact into the fourth day with Michael Clarke's side ending the day 27 without loss after bowling out the visitors for 336.

That advantage would be far greater were it not for Dilshan's 147 and 75 from all rounder Angelo Matthews.

Triumphant: Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka celebrates after reaching his century

Triumphant: Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka celebrates after reaching his century

Peter Siddle was the pick of the Australian attack, taking five for 54 in 25,3 overs as he staked a claim for a regular spot in their bowling attack.

Dilshan resumed on 50 this morning and made it to 103 before the morning session was curtailed by rain half an hour before the scheduled lunch break.

In a shortened afternoon session he pushed on to 132 as Sri Lanka turned a vulnerable overnight score of 87 for four into a more robust 249 for five, responding to Australia's 450 for five declared.

Mathews lasted until late in the afternoon session before going for 75, trapped lbw by Siddle.

At last: Mitchell Starc of Australia bowls Dilshan, who had reached a century

At last: Mitchell Starc of Australia bowls Dilshan, who had reached a century

Sri Lanka had reached 289 before Dilshan's stand finally came to an end, bowled by a yorker from Mitchell Starc after an innings that contained 21 boundaries off 273 deliveries.

Australia still had work to do as Prasanna Jayawardene was providing further resistance, but once he went lbw to Siddle for 40, progress was swift.

The last three wickets went at a cost of just 20 runs. Rangana Herath was Siddle's third lbw victim for a duck, Nuwan Kulasekara was caught at deep midwicket off Nathan Lyon for 23 and Chanaka Welegedara was caught by Mike Hussey without scoring as Siddle claimed his fifth wicket.

Nice one: Australian 12th man Jordan Silk (second left) is congratulated after catching Nuwan Kulasekara

Nice one: Australian 12th man Jordan Silk (second left) is congratulated after catching Nuwan Kulasekara

His outstanding performance helped Australia cover for a side injury suffered by Brad Hilfenhaus.

Rain delayed the start of the Australian second innings and only 1.4 overs were bowled before again the weather forced the players off.

Looking to end the day with all their wickets in tact, the hosts were conservative when play resumed as openers David Warner eight off 39 balls and Ed Cowan 16 off 47, saw them to the close.

Andrew Flintoff shows off black eye celebrating winning his boxing match

Bruised Flintoff celebrates winning his boxing debut as McGuigan insists it did not shame the sport

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13:42 GMT, 1 December 2012

Barry McGuigan has hit out at the notion that Andrew Flintoff's boxing experience is belittling to the sport.

Former England cricket star Flintoff recovered from a second-round knockdown to claim a debut points victory against limited American novice Richard Dawson over four two-minute rounds at the Manchester Arena.

He later celebrated with his wife Rachael and friends at the Arora Hotel in the city. The star was sporting a black eye from his efforts.

Back off, mate: Andrew Flintoff shows off his black eye as a fan gets a little close

Hello, fighter: Flintoff is cornered by another affectionate supporter

Hello, fighter: Flintoff is cornered by two affectionate supporters at the party at the Arora Hotel in Manchester

Now for the party: Flintoff leaps out of the taxi followed by his wife Rachael

Now for the party: Flintoff leaps out of the taxi followed by his wife Rachael

The 34-year-old's preparations for the bout were charted in a Sky television documentary, causing many in the boxing fraternity to question his motives for stepping into the ring.

Those looking to chastise Flintoff were given further ammunition last night as a crude, scrappy contest predictably developed – not that it seemed too much of a concern for the boisterous 6,000-strong crowd in attendance, who were vocally behind their hero throughout.

Respected former WBA featherweight champion McGuigan, who oversaw the ex-Lancashire all-rounder's painstaking four-and-a-half month training camp alongside son and trainer Shane, had nothing but high praise for Flintoff but turned his fire on critics afterwards.

'We never belittled the sport,' he said. 'We were never in this, in any way, to belittle boxing. Those who said that were idiots. We're in this to show how serious he was about it.

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Job done: Andrew Flintoff celebrated after beating Richard Dawson in the four-round bout

Job done: Andrew Flintoff celebrated after beating Richard Dawson in the four-round bout

Winner: Andrew Flintoff

Winner: Andrew Flintoff

Frenzied: Flintoff sprayed Richard Dawson with shots

Frenzied: Flintoff sprayed Richard Dawson with shots

'We never pretended that he was
anything other than a novice but we told everyone he was going to give
it everything he's got and I think in the fight he showed that.

'He was knocked down, he got up,
showed pluck and courage. His technique went out of the window because
he wanted to win so much and had the crowd behind him. But it was
honest. Everything about what we've done over the past four and a half
months was honest.

'He's a generous, genuine fella and I
think this was a personal battle for him too – he wanted to show that
he had the courage to go through with something like this and I think he
won that battle.'

Flintoff, who conceded his ring bow
'wasn't one for the purists', does not expect to dissuade the doubters
and fully understands the degree of ill-feeling around a first bout that
may also prove to be his last.

Whoops: Flintoff was caught flush in the second round

Whoops: Flintoff was caught flush in the second round

Gotcha: Freddie catches Dawson on the chin

Gotcha: Freddie catches Dawson on the chin

Baying: The crowd cheered as Flintoff entered the ring to Oasis's song Roll With It

Baying: The crowd cheered as Flintoff entered the ring to Oasis's song Roll With It

Nod to the past: Flintoff pulled on his Lancashire shirt for his walk to the ring

Nod to the past: Flintoff pulled on his Lancashire shirt for his walk to the ring

'I don't know – they'll probably say I
kept dropping my hands,' he said when asked how sceptics might have
received his gutsy display.

'That's not the reason I did it. I
appreciate that people are passionate about sport and people want to
protect their sport – I'd be the same with cricket and boxing's no
different.

'There's a few who've tried to steal a
few headlines, granted, but on the whole people are passionate about
sport. This whole process was never about degrading boxing. We wanted to
do it properly, which we've done.

'We wanted to show boxing for what it
is, a fantastic sport, and I wanted to show what boxers go through.
Sometimes I don't thing they get the credit they deserve.

Eagle-eyed: Flintoff picked the American off in one of his flurries

Eagle-eyed: Flintoff picked the American off in one of his flurries

On the ropes: Dawson battled to hold Flintoff off

On the ropes: Dawson battled to hold Flintoff off

Go out swinging: Flintoff was the far more active of fighters

Go out swinging: Flintoff was the far more active of fighters

'I think boxing should be right up
there. There's some amazing people and I've seen some amazing things
over the past few months.'

And Flintoff was quick to pay high credit to the duo who guided him through those experiences.

He added: 'The McGuigan name within boxing is massive and I was aware that when I walked out I was carrying that as well.

'I'm just glad that I've come out of
there with a win and with that intact because these two guys are the
ones who put themselves out there more than I have and I could not thank
them enough. These are special fellas.'

Flush: Flintoff lands a straight

Flush: Flintoff lands a straight

Embrace: Flintoff leans over to see his wife, Rachael, after the bout

Embrace: Flintoff leans over to see his wife, Rachael, after the bout

Gracious: Flintoff consoles his defeated opponent

Gracious: Flintoff consoles his defeated opponent

Contrast: The two fighters strike a pose after the bout

Contrast: The two fighters strike a pose after the bout

Furious Freddie: Flintoff launched a number of wild swings

Rachael Flintoff

Furious Freddie: Flintoff launched a number of wild swings as Rachael Flintoff (right) cheers her husband on

Nervous Rachael Flintoff took her seat before the fight

Nervous Rachael Flintoff took her seat before the fight

Nervous Rachael Flintoff took her seat before the fight

Celebrity fan: John Bishop was in the Manchester Arena to support his friend Flintoff

Celebrity fan: John Bishop was in the Manchester Arena to support his friend Flintoff

And there's more: Bishop's fellow comedian Jack Whitehall turned up

And there's more: Bishop's fellow comedian Jack Whitehall turned up

Me too! Former cricketer and radio broadcaster Darren Gough

Me too! Former cricketer and radio broadcaster Darren Gough

KO: David Haye leaves the jungle

KO: David Haye leaves the jungle

PS FREDDIE GOT UP BUT THIS BRITISH HEAVYWEIGHT SUFFERED A KNOCKOUT…

On the night that Andrew Flintoff picked himself back up from the canvas to win his first professional fight, former world heavyweight champion David Haye was knocked out of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in the semi-final to take third place on the show.

The boxer left actress Charlie Brooks and singer Ashley Roberts to battle if out in the final on Saturday night's show.

Speaking to Ant and Dec after his eviction, the 32-year-old said was 'weird' to be finally out of camp but said he was looking glad he had 'freedom at last'.

When asked if he was disappointed at being kicked out of the show ahead of the final he replied': 'It's the way it was meant to be.'

He added: 'I had a lot of fun'.

But, although Flintoff may have been the winner on the night, don't expect him to be taking on the Hayemaker anytime soon…

VIDEO: It wasn't one for the purists! Flintoff reflects on the fight

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Matt Prior interview: India beware England"s world-class wicketkeeper

EXCLUSIVE: Prior warning! India beware… England's keeper has gone from mouthy upstart to world beating all-rounder

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23:00 GMT, 28 October 2012

Matt Prior has come a long way since he was unfairly singled out for being a bit too gobby during his debut Test summer of 2007.

These days, his glovework is barely noticed. His batting average of 42 is the stuff of a genuine all-rounder. And, most pertinently of all as far as England’s tour of India is concerned, it was Prior who phoned Kevin Pietersen during the summer at the height of the texting controversy to find out what on earth was going on.

It’s true that Pietersen was dropped from the Test side the following day. But not before he and Prior had endured a heart-to-heart that history may yet record as the starting point of Pietersen’s ‘reintegration’.

Glove story: Matt Prior has proved himself as top class with gauntlets and bat

Glove story: Matt Prior has proved himself as top class with gauntlets and bat

Prior’s response to this suggestion is that of the archetypal team player. ‘I don’t think I can take any credit because next day all hell broke loose,’ he told Sportsmail. ‘There’s been a bit said about the phone call. I just did what I’d do if it had been anyone: KP or Broad or Swann, or any one of my team-mates.

‘If they’ve got an issue in the dressing room, the right thing to do is to speak to them and say, “what’s up” And I’d do exactly the same if the same thing happened again. But hopefully it won’t.

‘I can see that Kevin wants to be a part of this team — and for us that’s great news.’

The charges against Prior during the 2007 home series against India ranged from the puerile to the pernicious. Not only was he accused of having scattered the jelly beans at Trent Bridge that so enraged India’s attack leader Zaheer Khan. He was said to have bragged to Sachin Tendulkar about driving a Porsche.

Both claims were untrue, yet Prior took them on the chin, knuckled down after subsequently losing his Test place, and is now — like all good keepers — the beating heart of the fielding effort.

If he is still keeping spirits up come the fourth Test at Nagpur in December, we’ll know Alastair Cook’s tourists have punched above their weight.

Prior, who along with his team-mates was due to arrive in Mumbai on Monday following a training camp in Dubai, is pragmatic about the challenge ahead.

Since David Gower captained England to victory in 1984-85, India have lost only four Test series at home out of 40.

Point to prove: Prior says England are still hurt about defeat to South Africa

Point to prove: Prior says England are still hurt about defeat to South Africa

Only Pakistan, South Africa and Australia have triumphed there in that time. ‘India is as tough as it gets for an England cricketer,’ said Prior at Chance to Shine’s Brit Insurance Annual Achievement awards. ‘For this team, it’s the final frontier. We haven’t won there for 28 years, which is longer than it took us to beat the Aussies in Australia.

‘Someone mentioned to me recently that it doesn’t seem as big as the Ashes because it’s not the old enemy and it doesn’t probably capture the nation’s imagination as much as Australia.

‘But for us it’s a massive series, and it will be a huge challenge.’ Prior has spent his time since the end of the English season ‘getting really quite fit and stripping off a few pounds’.

Wicketkeeping under the Indian sun can be a gruelling business. But he is also determined to help erase the memories of a traumatic summer in which England imploded, on and off the field. ‘To win in India would be very special. What would make it more special is that we would have come back from a tough summer.

‘I’m a big believer that team hardships can, if dealt with in the right way, lead to the team being stronger. And that ultimately is the most important thing.’

Is the team still hurting after losing the Test series — and the No 1 ranking — to South Africa

‘There’s hurt whenever you lose a Test series,’ said Prior. ‘The No 1 spot is certainly something we want to get back. But it’s not going to be an overnight thing. With Cooky now coming in as captain, it’s an exciting time for the team to start again, and say, right, that was a good two-year period, and we’re about to start on another period.

Mates: Prior gets on well with Kevin Pietersen and helped his reintegration

Mates: Prior gets on well with Kevin Pietersen and helped his reintegration

‘This is a window of opportunity to see how far we can get over the next year to 18 months.’

Central to England’s hopes of triumphing in a country that has brought them a single Test victory — Andrew Flintoff’s ‘Ring of Fire’ win at Mumbai in March 2006 — from their last four visits will be their batting against India’s spinners. In that regard, England’s three trips to Asia in 2012 have not been auspicious.

‘You can’t keep performing like that against spin on subcontinental wickets,’ said Prior. ‘I think we learned a lot of lessons.’

Chief among them, believes Prior, is that there is no one-size-fits-all method of tackling spin.

‘Maybe where we have gone wrong is that we tried to follow one template,’ he said. ‘I don’t think you can do that.’

Pietersen once claimed Prior was England’s best player of spin. Had he not middled a sweep straight into the midriff of Lahiru Thirimanne at short leg at a crucial stage of a fourth-innings run chase at Galle in March, they might even have won the Test series in Sri Lanka. So what’s his secret

‘I see it as a game of cat and mouse. Rotating the strike is the biggest thing. It’s all well and good hitting boundaries and big shots to release pressure, but if you can rotate the strike, you can release the pressure that way.

‘You’ve got to try to move fielders. That allows you then to hit ones and twos into an area that’s as safe as possible. That’s my way of doing it — but everyone has their own way.’

The modesty is unnecessary, for Prior’s way sounds as thoughtful as any. Besides — as Pietersen will confirm — he has earned the right to be listened to.

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Freddie Flintoff to train as a boxer

Flintoff to make sensational sporting comeback… as a professional boxer!

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00:46 GMT, 6 September 2012


Pulling no punches: Flintoff is to train as a heavyweight boxer for a new Sky TV series, even taking part in a professional bout

Pulling no punches: Flintoff is to train as a heavyweight boxer for a new Sky TV series, even taking part in a professional bout

As one of England's most feared and revered cricketers, he never once pulled a punch in the heat of battle.

And now Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff is to step back into the professional sporting arena as a heavyweight boxer.

The former England all-rounder, who retired from the game in 2009, will put his reputation on the line to train for a live professional boxing bout in front of tens of thousands of fans at the Manchester Arena.

Flintoff will be trained by boxing legend Barry McGuigan, who believes Freddie has what it takes to become a decent fighter – the right age, agility and a 'devastating' right punch.

Barry and his boxer son, Shane, face a four month battle to persuade Freddie to give up the pie, mash and pints and embark on a gruelling training regime for the fight, against a credible pro opponent.

The Sky TV cameras will follow Freddie and his family as he takes on the intensive regime of sparring, skipping and steamed vegetables.

The three episode series, called 'The Gloves are off…' will be screened on Sky One later in the year, while the fight will be broadcast live on BoxNation.

Flintoff said of the challenge: 'This is an amazing opportunity to try a sport that I love, to be tutored by a man I respect and admire and, at the age of 34, the chance to be a professional sportsman again.

'It's a huge challenge – probably the biggest I have ever undertaken, especially in such a short time frame. I have a long road ahead and a lot of work in front of me. The stakes are high.'

Barry McGuigan added: 'It is an enormous undertaking to have a professional fight having no experience whatsoever. it is even more demanding when you're a legend in another sport.

'The pressure for Freddie, myself and my son is phenomenal given the little time we have. But I'm convinced Freddie will make a successful pro debut as a boxer.'

National Hero: Flintoff never shirked a challenge during his playing days, but will a bout against a professional heavyweight boxer prove too tough

National Hero: Flintoff never shirked a challenge during his playing days, but will a bout against a professional heavyweight boxer prove too tough

Flintoff announced his retirement from Test cricket in July 2009 during the Ashes series with Australia after persistent injuries became too much.

He ended his career on a high by taking five wickets in the second innings of the second test at Lord's and memorably ran out Australian captain Ricky Ponting in the fifth test at The Oval.

Flintoff confirmed his retirement from all forms of professional cricket in September 2010 after taking medical advice.

Since quitting the sport, Flintoff has appeared on a number of television game shows and also works as a darts commentator.

Kevin Pietersen accused of making derogatory comments about James Taylor

Now Pietersen is accused of making jibe at newcomer Taylor

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21:41 GMT, 26 August 2012

Kevin Pietersen’s conduct came under further scrutiny on Sunday when he was accused of making derogatory comments about James Taylor during the Headingley Test where his relationship with England reached breaking point.

As it emerged that Pietersen swapped angry words with a senior player, after criticising debutant Taylor and boasting of his own importance to England during his brilliant 149 in Leeds, another newcomer to the dressing room described the atmosphere within it now as 'fantastic'.

It was no clearer on Sunday when Pietersen’s proposed clear-the-air meeting with Andrew Strauss will take place.

More revelations: Kevin Pietersen apparently made derogatory comments about James Taylor

More revelations: Kevin Pietersen apparently made derogatory comments about James Taylor

But the latest damaging revelations will only increase England’s hardline stance towards their errant star as they take the first step in what is likely to be a long road towards reconciliation.

Pietersen shared a 147-run stand with Taylor during the second Test, but angered England by walking off the field at tea on the third day talking to the South African players rather than encouraging his rookie partner.

Later that day, according to Sunday’s People newspaper, he launched into a tirade which precipitated the text scandal that now threatens his international future.

England continued their business without Pietersen on Sunday when they began the build-up to Tuesday’s second one-day international against South Africa at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl, with Chris Woakes talking of his warm welcome from the other players.

Decision time: Captain Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower will have to decide on the future of Pietersen

Decision time: Captain Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower will have to decide on the future of Pietersen

Woakes, whose prolific batting for Warwickshire and England Lions this season marks him now as a genuine all-rounder, was due to gain his big chance with the senior team in Friday’s first match at Cardiff until rain intervened.

And now, with Stuart Broad rested ahead of next month’s Twenty20 series, Woakes is hoping to retain his place tomorrow ahead of a second spinner in Samit Patel when this series really gets under way.

'This is a fantastic dressing room to come into,’ said Woakes. ‘Everyone is welcoming when fresh faces come in, it doesn’t seem to change.

'Kevin is a fantastic player but there is a lot of talent in that dressing room now.'

England v South Africa: First ODI live score

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England face South Africa in the first one-day international after losing the three-match Test series and their world No 1 ranking to the Proteas.

Warwickshire's Chris Woakes was recalled to the side in place of the rested Stuart Broad in Cardiff.

With Broad given the series off Woakes edged out all-rounder Samit Patel and fellow seamer Jade Dernbach for a place in Alastair Cook's starting XI.

Woakes, 23, last featured for England on August 25 last year against Ireland but has enjoyed an impressive county season with bat and ball.

South Africa made sweeping changes to the side which won the Test series 2-0, with lead seamer Dale Steyn not selected and a handful of limited-overs specialists, including Dean Elgar, Robin Petersen, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren and Lonwabo Tsotsobe all included.

Proteas skipper AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to field.

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Ready for battle: Alastair Cook (left) and South Africa captain AB de Villiers

Ready for battle: Alastair Cook (left) and South Africa captain AB de Villiers

Stuart Broad: I had no involvement in parody Kevin Pietersen Twitter account

Broad says he had no involvement in Pietersen parody Twitter account

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UPDATED:

17:43 GMT, 14 August 2012

Stuart Broad has denied having any involvement in the parody Kevin Pietersen Twitter account after one of the Nottinghamshire all-rounder's friends came forward to accept responsibility on Monday night.

Richard Bailey alleges he was behind the spoof Twitter account – KP Genius – sending up Pietersen's personality in the third person, which was closed down after the England batsman was perturbed some of his team-mates followed it.

Denial: Stuart Broad has distanced himself from the fake 'KP genius' Twitter handle

Denial: Stuart Broad has distanced himself from the fake 'KP genius' Twitter handle

'Following last night's statement by Mr Richard Bailey that he was responsible for creating a parody Twitter account in Kevin Pietersen's name, I would like to confirm that I had no involvement in this whatsoever,' Broad said in an England and Wales Cricket Board statement.

The parody account was closed down last week and Bailey, who says he is from Nottingham and is better known by his handle of @Bailsthebadger, apologised for any offence caused and exonerated any professional cricketers from involvement.

Yet his friendship with Broad has been brought into question, prompting the 26-year-old to respond.

Angry: Kevin Pietersen was said to be furious at the account

Angry: Kevin Pietersen was said to be furious at the account

Broad added: 'I met with the managing director, England Cricket, Hugh Morris this morning and assured him that I did not play any role in the creation of this account or provide Mr Bailey with any information regarding Kevin Pietersen or the England team.

'As has been widely reported Mr Bailey is a friend of mine, but we had no conversations regarding this issue at all and I am pleased that he has now decided to close the parody account down.'

Morris added: 'Having discussed this matter with Stuart, I am fully satisfied that he acted in a professional manner at all times and did not breach any confidences regarding fellow England players.

'ECB also accepts the apology Mr Bailey offered last night to the England team via his Twitter account and his reassurances that no professional cricketers were involved in the creation of this site.'

Graeme Smith left out of South Africa Twenty20 squad

Smith left out of South Africa squad for World Twenty20

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13:01 GMT, 9 August 2012

Test captain Graeme Smith is the highest-profile omission from South Africa's final 15-man squad for September's World Twenty20.

The powerful opening batsman missed the cut as the Proteas trimmed down their 30-man provisional squad.

Left out: South Africa's Test captain Graeme Smith batting in the Headingley Test last week

Left out: South Africa's Test captain Graeme Smith batting in the Headingley Test last week

Captain AB De Villiers is joined in the party by all-rounder Jacques Kallis and fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, after all four sat out June's triangular T20 series against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

SOUTH AFRICA SQUAD

AB de Villiers (capt), HM Amla, F
Behardien, J Botha, JP Duminy, F du Plessis, JH Kallis, RE Levi, JA
Morkel, M Morkel, JL Ontong, WD Parnell, RJ Peterson, DW Steyn, LL
Tsotsobe.

Marchant de Lange is absent from the bowling attack due to injury, while batsmen Colin Ingram and David Miller have been overlooked.

There is also no place for wicketkeeper Morne van Wyk, meaning De Villiers is certain to take the gloves as well as leading the side.

Selection convener Andrew Hudson said: 'We were not able to consider Marchant de Lange through injury but we are confident that our squad will be very competitive and make South Africa proud.

'We have had basically the same squad together for the past year and many of them also produced stand-out performances at the Indian Premier League (IPL).'