^ Yeah, he was always parked at deep-fine leg or something like that. What I found particularly galling was that right through the series, he was not called on to bowl even one over. He used to be used earlier as a change or attempt at partnership-breaker, and you could sense at times watching him on the field, that he'd have loved to have a go. But he was almost shunned in this respect. Strange...
A interesting comment on the values and mentality that plagues the ENG team comes from a comment posted below this (above link) article, from a person called huntgra:
"You convene/invite/lure me to a private players only meeting(comfortable environment). You ask me to give my honest opinion about the management of the team, which i did. A rat decided to divulge my remarks to management and i was admonished.Later I told that i am no longer apart of the team. There is something really unethical about this,the player who divulge the contents of the meeting should be exposed and reprimanded. Coach Flower you cannot have a united team with players spying on one another because this wont end with KP if you are that insecure. Captain Cook, you should be standing up for your players, right now you looking spineless,after all it was you who convened this meeting. KP has lost his ability to earn and nothing from you. Was this meeting convened to set him up?"
...What I do know is that when selecting a cricket team, it's performing not conforming that counts. A selector only has to ask himself if a player can get him a hundred or take five wickets.
...A captain can't expect a player to be an individual expressing his talent on the field and then demand that off it he be subservient. Occasionally a captain has to live with the consequences of individuality, whether it be on the field or off it.
...The priority should be appointing the right captain. Then you worry about choosing the coach. If Pietersen was considered the best man to captain England, surely he deserved the right to have a say in who was coach?
...The England hierarchy makes a big thing of "team culture". Selectors can pick players of good character but team "culture" can't be manufactured, it has to evolve through strong leadership and natural friendships. Character only comes into selection when two players are even in ability. Otherwise, picking the best player is the wisest choice.