James Taylor brutally reveals why he 'lost respect' for England team-mate Kevin Pietersen

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It's safe to say that Kevin Pietersen was never the shy and retiring type when he was a regularly active cricket player.

He had the skills, the talk, the haircuts, everything that you'd expect from a star in the sporting world.

However Pietersen has never had the greatest relationship with the ECB (England Cricket Board) and management, he's even ruffled the feathers of a few team-mates over the years as well.

The South African-born man will retire from all forms of cricket by the end of 2018, he hasn't played in England since last August following Surrey's exit from the Twenty20 Blast tournament.

And it's been even longer since he played for his country, the 2013-14 Ashes winter tour of Australia being KP's last appearance for his adopted nation.

Since then, he's played for teams in numerous countries in different competitions, including Saint Lucia, Australia, India and Pakistan, and you will often see him gracing television screens as a pundit for England games.

His outspokenness though has meant he's never shied away from confrontation - both on and off the cricket field.

One man who admitted he eventually 'lost respect' for Pietersen is former batsman James Taylor.

The two had already had one meeting before Taylor's England debut in 2012, at a net session with bowling coach Graham Gooch, and Pietersen allegedly asked Taylor "What are you doing here?" when he tried to speak to him.

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And in an extract from his autobiography 'Cut Short' - titled around the fact he had to end his cricketing career abruptly due to a previously undetected heart condition - Taylor explained why Pietersen's antics following their second test against South Africa in 2012 were out of order.

"In the end the game petered out into a draw, but while the Test may have been over, the pantomime was about to start. His (Pietersen's) outburst appeared on the television," stated Taylor.

"That press conference should have been all about KP scoring one of the greatest knocks of all time. Instead it was: 'Look at me, feel sorry for me'. It was just awful, exactly what England didn't need. It was hard to take in.

"The England dressing room at that time wasn't in a good place. KP at that point just didn't seem a team player.

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"I couldn't believe what I was seeing when I first experienced being in the same team as him. I couldn't believe how he behaved. The scales had well and truly fallen from my eyes."

In the same aforementioned test, Taylor had allegedly heard Pietersen was telling team-mates that he 'wasn't going to be on the highlights that night' and that he 'wasn't good enough' to play for the country.

Taylor ended the extract poingnantly, stating; "They say 'never meet your heroes', and if ever there was a classic case, KP was it."

"I loved the way he played. One of my goals was to play alongside him. But on both occasions I came away thinking, “What a t***”. I found KP’s outburst embarrassing."

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