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Jimmy Anderson has his say on the Kevin Pietersen row

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Jimmy Anderson has hit-back at the claims Kevin Pietersen has made in his new autobiography regarding a 'bullying culture' within the squad, by saying KP has now tarnished all of England's achievements over the years.

The fast-bowler is also disappointed that he himself has been labelled amongst the players that were part of this culture, along with Matt Prior, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad, amongst others.

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Anderson has also been accused of being a part of a group of players that set up the 'KPGenius' twitter account, that left South African-born Pietersen, 'ruined', and totally ostracised in the dressing room, making him cry in front of head coach Andy Flower.

Anderson praise for Flower

The 32-year-old broke his silence over the allegations made by KP in his book and declared: "It's overshadowed what we achieved.

"We had a successful time under coach Andy Flower.

"We won three Ashes series, got to world No 1 and won in India for the first time in 20-odd years - Andy was the driving force behind that.

"What's come out in the last few days is sad. It's a shame."

When asked if there was any truth in the bullying claims, he responded: "Not at all. That period is the highlight of my career."

Sour taste

Pietersen and Anderson were team-mates throughout six different Ashes series, starting with the incredible tests in 2005 that saw England win 2-1, after securing a heart-stopping two-run win at Edgebaston in the second test, up until the dismal 5-0 whitewash by Australia in 2013-14.

But it seems things have turned extremely sour since the 2012 test series in South Africa and it has been difficult to recover any friendships since then.

The likelihood of any reconciliation has been considerably reduced after the revelations KP has made in his new autobiography, it seems.

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