Former wicket-keeper Craig Kieswetter has become the latest player to hit out at the England camp of which he was once a part of.
Kieswetter recently retired from Somerset aged just 27 following an eye injury sustained playing Northants in a County Championship match last year. Despite visiting a specialist in America, he took the tough decision to quit the game because his injury would not allow him to get back to his best.
Now, he has given his backing to accusations made by the likes of Kevin Pietersen, whose autobiography lifted the lid on what he perceived as the true nature of the England dressing room.
Kieswetter appears to agree that cliques were a major problem, telling The Guardian: “Success changed people. Cliques developed.”
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One of England’s main problems, he claims, was that Test players spent too much time together, so that limited-overs played felt “on the outside”.
Like Pietersen, Kieswetter also has a South-African background, which he also says was a dividing factor.
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In many ways, it is surprising that Kieswetter was not a part of the England team for longer, as he lost his place to Lancashire’s Jos Buttler, formerly his team mate at Somerset. Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow has provided the most competition behind the stumps, but during his short spell with the Three Lions, Kieswetter made his mark; unfortunately, it appears that his time in the camp has left its own scars.
The timing of these latest suggestions is unfortunate, considering that England are working towards an Ashes series, and are no doubt trying to maintain the high of their 3-2 ODI series victory against New Zealand.
In fact, a number of key players who have been criticised are still long-running, popular members of the current team.
However, it appears that even now that the possibility of a Pietersen return has been put to bed by newly-appointed director of cricket Andrew Strauss, the issue of the dressing room has not gone away.
It is possible that it will persist until the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) take positive action to address the situation. If not, there is always the possibility that more and more players will come forward with grievances.
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