London: England batsman Ian Bell has insisted that he is focussed on the Lord``s Test against South Africa, rather than the "Kevin Pietersen sideshow".
Pietersen``s international career hangs by a thread following his post-match grumblings and subsequent revelations that he fraternised with the South Africans during the drawn second match at Headingley.
The England selectors were left clueless over their next move after it emerged Pietersen had exchanged text messages with the opposition, and had hinted that the third and final Test might be his last.
"For me, I try not to get involved, I am trying to score as many runs as I can to try and win us a Test match next week and I have got to focus on that, not on all the other stuff that is going on," the Daily Mirror quoted Bell, as saying.
"He knows everyone respects him, he knows the whole team do. He knows everybody wants him in the team and thinks he has got something different. We saw that the other day. There are certain things Kev does that you can``t teach, and you can``t learn. He just has it," he added.
Bell said that he was surprised when Pietersen struck a man-of-the-match 149 in Leeds, but then shocked all his teammates with his outburst.
"It was obviously a little bit strange to hear that because, when I left Headingley, we were in a pretty positive mood. Kev can answer the questions better than I can. He is probably in a different position to any other cricketer in the world," he said.
First Published: Sunday, August 12, 2012, 13:16