Tuesday 14 July 2009 

Ashes 2009: Boycott Slams Kevin Pietersen

Boycott has criticised Pietersen's dismissals in the first Test match.
Boycott has criticised Pietersen's dismissals in the first Test match.
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Former England opener Geoff Boycott has criticised Kevin Pietersen, labelling him as a ‘spoilt child’.

This attack has come after Pietersen lost his wicket to two misjudgments in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff. Boycott said in The Daily Telegraph:

“Pietersen is like a spoilt child, the family favourite who can get away with anything because he is the golden boy.”

Boycott went on to call for a more assertive approach from the hierarchy in the England dressing room to try and rein in Pietersen so he will not continue to make these mistakes:

“My concern is that there is no one in the England set up who will go up to Pietersen and tell him that this is not good enough,” he added.

“Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower are both quiet men and frankly I do not think they have got the courage.”

Boycott’s comments will surely create some strong reactions from the England dressing room, however it is still to be seen whether it will make Pietersen reassess his shot selection in the next match.

© Cricket World 2009