London: England pacer Stuart Broad has denied reports of disharmony within the England dressing room in the wake of star batsman Kevin Pietersen’s claim that he was finding it difficult to be himself among his teammates.
Pietersen hinted that he might announce his retirement from Test cricket after the third Test against South Africa, to be played at Lord’s, unless the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) agrees to an acceptable compromise.
His latest announcement has affected his standing in the dressing room, with the player feeling ignored, and viewing his teammates with suspicion over a recent twitter parody account.
Next week’s final Test at Lord’s may well be his last international outing for England, but all-rounder Broad believes there are no tensions in the side, the Daily Express reports.
Broad said: “I’m not aware of problems. What’s vital is we turn up with all 11 players focusing on winning because if you have one player slightly off, it can be damaging. It’s important – whoever’s there – that we make sure we’re fully there mentally and we win that game.
“From that press conference you could be led to think that he is an isolated figure but the changing room is an amazing place to be. It’s thoroughly enjoyable, we have a laugh and there’s not a better working environment to go into. You get out of bed and play cricket with your mates for your country.”
One of Pietersen’s concerns is that he wants to play the full IPL tournament next season and miss the New Zealand Tests.
Broad said: “Money is not more important than Test cricket for me. It’s a fantastic honour to play for England and what’s important is everyone in that changing room is singing from the same hymn sheet.”
First Published: Thursday, August 09, 2012, 12:35