After Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith backs Kevin Pietersen's 'bullying' claims
A day after former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting backed Kevin Pietersen's 'bullying' claims inside the England dressing roon, former South African skipper Graeme Smith too agreed with his counterpart and said the Proteas tried to use it against them to take advantage.
New Delhi: A day after former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting backed Kevin Pietersen's 'bullying' claims inside the England dressing roon, former South African skipper Graeme Smith too agreed with his counterpart and said the Proteas tried to use it against them to take advantage.
Smith, who was leading South Africa during the Test series in England in 2012, when Pietersen was dropped after admitting he sent 'provocative' texts about his own captain Andrew Strauss to Proteas cricketers, came out in support England's maverick right-hander.
"Some of the stuff [in Pietersen’s book] I can believe and having played against him we always said if we could get a win and get ahead they would turn on each other," said Smith in an interview with Johannesburg-based radio station Highveld FM..
"A lot of the stuff he has touched on in his book, the bullying stuff, you experienced playing against them and used it as an asset against them.
"KP is a draw card and the world loves to watch him play the game. It is sad he is not playing international cricket anymore and man-management is a big factor in why he is not there."
On Wednesday, Punter too agreed with KP's 'bullying claims' where he said that three senior English players intimated the youngsters in the England squad.
In an interview with a leading British newspaper, Pietersen has sent the cricketing fraternity in a state of shock by claiming that there had been a "bullying" culture under the tenure of former coach Andy Flower.
The South Africa-born batsman, who is the leading run-scorer for England in all formats of the game, also slammed Matt Prior, who according to him was the leader of a group which also included Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad – three players who which went after the younger team-mates for dropping catches.
Pietersen was axed by the ECB earlier this year after the team's 5-0 Ashes loss to Australia. While he hasn't given up hopes of playing for England again, experts believe his recent interview could end all possibilities of a comeback.