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Kevin Pietersen Speaks Out On Flower, Prior & 'Culture Of Bullying'

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen has hit out at his former coach and England team-mates ahead of the launch of his autobiography
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Kevin Pietersen has broken his silence and claimed that during his time with the England squad a 'culture of bullying' existed, and that then coach Andy Flower led a 'regime' rather than a team.

Pietersen was sacked as an England player earlier this year and has kept to the terms of a confidentiality agreement which ran out at the end of September.

Days before his autobiography comes out, he talked to the Daily Telegraph in the first interview where he speaks about the lead-up to his departure from the England set-up.

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At the centre of the culture of bullying was, he says, wicket-keeper and sometime vice-captain Matt Prior.

"Horrendous. Hugely disturbing," Pietersen said.

“I brought it up. All throughout my reintegration meetings [following messages sent to the opposition in 2012], I brought it up on numerous occasions. I told [Andrew] Strauss about it, I told Cook about it. It was a huge thing."

He adds that the bowlers - due to their success - had been allowed too much power in the dressing room.

"It was allowed to develop. It’s in the book. The bowlers were given so much power. They were doing really well.

"Swanny [Graeme Swann] was winning game after game for us. Broady [Stuart Broad] was contributing. Jimmy [Anderson] was contributing. We always had a third or fourth seamer that was there or thereabouts. But these guys ran the dressing room."

However, coach Flower also comes in for criticism from Pietersen, who played 104 Tests, 136 One-Day Internationals and 37 Twenty20 Internationals.

"I’ve been one of the only ones who’ve constantly through his reign as coach not said 'how high?’ when he said 'jump’.

"He built a regime, he didn’t build a team. I’ve told him this before.

"I told him during his coaching reign. I told him on numerous occasions: 'You’re playing by fear here, you want guys to be scared of you. And Andy I’m not scared of you.’

"And he hated it. He had it in for me since I tried to get rid of him as second in command.

"He collected stamps. It was stamp after stamp after stamp, until he thought: 'I can get rid of him now, let’s get rid of him.’"

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