Jonathan Trott followed Graeme Swann, Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior into the international wilderness on Monday to leave England desperately short of experience ahead of this year`s Ashes series against Australia.
Drafted into the playing XI for the first time in the ongoing cricket World Cup, Pakistan wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed made an instant impact with a record-equalling six catches and 49 runs in the team's upset win over South Africa, here on Saturday.
Former England captain Graham Gooch has rubbished Kevin Pietersen's views in his controversial autobiography about former coach Andy Flower and wicketkeeper Matt Prior and also urged England players led by Alastair Cook to break their silence on the issue in a broader manner.
What is a player supposed to do, when despite being the highest scorer for his country in all formats of the game, he is sacked by his board, citing reasons, which are yet to be known? What is a player supposed to do, when his own team-mates create a parody account on Twitter by his name?
England pace spearhead James Anderson has dismissed claims made by Kevin Pietersen in his autobiography that a bullying culture flourished in the team in the recent years and described the developments in the last few days as "sad".
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.
Kevin Pietersen's claim that a former England captain has told the ECB that three of his team-mates might have access to a parody twitter account mocking him came out to be true with Alec Stewart saying that he stood by what the controversial former batsman said in his autobiography.
Michael Vaughan ridiculed a leaked England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) report into Kevin Pietersen's alleged misbehaviour during the Ashes whitewash in Australia as the fall-out from the controversial autobiography of England's all-time leading run-scorer showed no sign of stopping.
Kevin Pietersen`s monopoly of the airwaves and printed media regarding his claims of bullying in the England cricket team`s dressingroom ended abruptly on Tuesday with the leaking of an email outlining his poor behaviour on last year`s disastrous Ashes series in Australia.