London: England assistant coach Richard Halsall has said Kevin Pietersen’s improved attitude since his return to the squad is helping the dressing room atmosphere.
The South Africa born batsman, axed in the summer for disloyalty and a poor approach to the team ethic, has returned from his spell on the sidelines in an encouraging fashion.
In addition to responding for calls from management to give more of his time to the younger players here in India, Pietersen has been eager to put his extensive network of contacts, built up during his time with the Indian Premier League, at the team’s disposal.
“Organising stuff for the players has immediately brought him into the room more,” a leading daily quoted Halsall, as saying.
“If players want to have an ounce taken off their bat or they don’t have the correct shoes, Kev has known someone who can organise it for us, and it eases things. I wouldn’t quite call him ‘the fixer’ but he is comfortable in this environment. It has been easy to go to him and ask him to sort things out,” he added.
Halsall also revealed batting coach Graham Gooch requested Pietersen be more hands-on in the nets, passing on his local knowledge to younger players.
“Graham asked him to get more involved because we are in India and he knows it very well,” said Halsall.
“Playing in the subcontinent as much as he has means he has sought advice from lots of people. He has been able to pass that on. Young players such as Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root would be foolish not to ask Kevin about batting here,” he added.
“Graham and Kevin were with Jonny the other day in the nets talking about the minutiae of batting, and I was listening in. The detail they were going in to and the way they were working together was encouraging,” he said.