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Stuart Broad and James Anderson disappointed by Kevin Pietersen claims

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Stuart Broad and James Anderson claim they are disappointed following Kevin Pietersen's suggestions that there was a 'bullying culture' in the England dressing room throughout the Andy Flower-Andrew Strauss era, according to the BBC. 

The former England batsman released his book last month, which accused many of the England set-up for a list of things, including creating the 'intimidating' atmosphere within the team. 

Both Broad and Anderson have denied the claims, insisting they are proud to have played for such a talented side, which became the best test team in the world following numerous Ashes successes and famous test wins. 

Pietersen claims

In his recent book, the 34-year-old stated that Matt Prior, Graeme Swann and Broad were the 'ringleaders' of the bullying, whilst Anderson joined in on occasions. 

"It puts a bitter taste in your mouth about a really fruitful time for an England team who were one of the best England teams I've been around in recent times," Anderson said. 

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"It puts a bitter taste in your mouth about a really fruitful time for an England team who were one of the best England teams I've been around in recent times"

Pietersen also wrote in his book, that coach Andy Flower and some of the bowlers often forced apologies from fielders who dropped catches or made mistakes. 

"We try to challenge each other, try to push each other to improve and get the best out of each other. The culture we built is the reason we got to number one in the world," Anderson said, whilst denying Pietersen's claims. 

Parody Twitter account

In 2012, a Twitter account was set up under the name '@KPGenius', and according to the account's creator Richard Bailey, Broad, Swann and Tim Bresnan all had passwords to the account.

In his book, the batsman claims that the rumours left him 'broken', before stating that the bowlers had 'so much power, they ran the dressing room.'

"Back in 2012 I thought that had been dealt with," Broad said.

"I denied it at the time. I sat in a room with Kevin in Mumbai and all seemed fine. But it's people's opinions, you can't change that. Everyone's got books to write, to fill pages, and that was part of Kevin's book. I'm not unhappy with him about that."

England era tarnished

England test captain Alastair Cook admits that the England dressing room has not aways been a happy place and that at times, 'situations probably boiled over more than they should have done', but insists the issues were always addressed. 

“I am very proud of the era I have played in; to win three Ashes, to become the best side in the world; to play with some great players. I really only have fond memories of that. I am incredibly proud to have contributed in that period.

"To play under Andrew Strauss, to have played under Andy Flower as coach, I have only got respect for these guys. I do believe that era has been tarnished, and I am sad about that."

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