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'I Can't Really See A Way Back After What's Been Said'

James Anderson (left) and Kevin Pietersen during their time as England team-mates
James Anderson (left) and Kevin Pietersen during their time as England team-mates
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Fast bowler James Anderson says that he doesn't think it is possible for Kevin Pietersen to play for England again following the publication of his autobiography.

In the book, Pietersen was scathing in his criticism of former team-mates and coaching staff, particularly wicket-keeper Matthew Prior and then head coach Andy Flower.

He criticised Prior, who he alleges called himself 'The Big Cheese', and Flower, who Pietersen gave the moniker 'The Mood Hoover'.

Anderson was not spared criticism either, as part of what Pietersen called a clique - led by Prior, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad - that was allowed to dominate the dressing room.

Speaking ahead of an appearance on The Clare Balding show on BT Sport, Anderson played down these comments, however, saying that the dominance has been overplayed.

"The dressing room was a really nice play to be, when you’re in a winning successful dressing room, everyone enjoys being there," he said.

"What I remember of the dominance of those three was that they chose what music went on the ipod."

He added that although Pietersen is a great player, he thinks it is now impossible for him to ever represent his country again.

"I can’t really see a way back after what’s been said.

"It’s been an interesting week or so, it’s sad, that all the stuff that’s come out has been about a really successful period of cricket, I’ve loved every minute of that.

"It’s a shame that this overshadows it."

Moving away from the book, which has dominated headlines in the past two weeks, Anderson also spoke about depression in cricket.

Marcus Trescothick, Michael Yardy and most recently Jonathan Trott have made themselves unavailable to England due to mental health issues.

With England cricketers now expected to play throughout the year, Anderson believes there is a link between mental health and being away from home.

"We spend 310 days in a hotel a year, it’s part of the job."

"We are the only cricketing nation that plays all year round, for us we play our summers and then we have winter tours, even when we are in England we are touring around. You get used to it.

"I’m sure it is linked, it’s something that is being looked at, we do get a lot more help with the mental side of it because we are away from home for that long and it does take it out of you.

"We do need that sort of help and it’s something that has been brushed over in the past and now people are realising with guys having to quit International cricket over it that it’s a serious issue."

Anderson was speaking ahead of his appearance on The Clare Balding Show which airs Thursday 16th October at 10:15pm on BT Sport 1.

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