Pietersen hits back at Downton

Kevin Pie­tersen has blasted England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton for claiming he was uninterested during the dismal Ashes series in Australia.

“The suggestion that I was uninterested during the winter Ashes series against Australia is wholly untrue,” Pietersen said in a statement.

“Although I was having injections in my knee, which inhibited my mobility and thus my ability to field close to the wicket, I was fully motivated to play for England and whilst I accept that the series as a whole fell well below my own personal standards, I finished the series as the top scorer. I did, and continue to have a good relationship with most of the England players.”

Pietersen was criticised during the Ashes campaign for throwing his wicket away when well placed on more than one occasion and Downton touched on the issue again on Thursday.

“With regard to the criticisms aimed at my ‘the way I play type attitude’, I feel it’s only reasonable to remind Mr Downton that this method has brought me over 13,500 runs for England, in addition to being part of four Ashes-winning teams and a World T20-winning side, all of which achievements I am hugely proud of,” Pietersen said.

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