Kevin Pietersen opens up on England troubles in all new documentary

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Kevin Pietersen has launched another scathing attack on his former England teammates, speaking out on the 'textgate' controversy that marred the end of his iconic career. 

The fastest batsman in history, in terms of days, to reach 2,000, 4,000, 5,000 and 7,000 Test runs, Pietersen called a day on his legendary career in 2014 - but not without some considerable controversy. 

After labelling some of his then-England teammates 'bullies', the South-African born batsman triggered one of the biggest controversies the sport has seen in recent years after sending a number of derogatory texts to South Africa opponents about teammate Andrew Strauss.

Pietersen also criticised England's management and other teammates in the messages, irreversibly tarnishing his relationship with a number of the side's other high-profile players in the process. 

Now, speaking in a new Sky documentary, 'KP: Story of a Genius', Pietersen has added further fuel to the fire, claiming that some junior players no longer wanted to represent their country due to the negative atmosphere created by his teammates, in particular the more senior figures.

"You are playing for your country," Pietersen told Sportsmail columnist and former England captain Nasser Hussain.

"But some players did not want to be selected because of what [Stuart] Broad, [Jimmy] Anderson, [Matt] Prior and [Graeme] Swann were like."

Speaking on why he also chose to send his original messages in the first place, Pietersen claims he sent the messages to his South African rivals "because they were my mates."

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These most recent comments will no doubt once again anger those who were perturbed by his original outburst, and comments aimed at Broad, Anderson and Strauss in the past. 

Many are hoping, however, that this new documentary, set to be aired this summer, should help to shed new light on a saga that tarnished many of England's biggest names over the last decade. 

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