Kevin Pietersen's absence makes England dressing room a better place, says Matt Prior

Maverick England batsman Kevin Pietersen was sacked by the England selectors after the dismal Ashes tour Down Under.

updated: February 28, 2014 13:43 IST
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Kevin Pietersen's absence from the dressing room has brought a sense of calm and relief among players, according to England vice-captain Matt Prior. Speaking in Dubai, Prior, when asked in Dubai whether the dressing room would be a better place without Pietersen, Prior replied "yes, it will". Prior, whose relationship with Pietersen was not in the best of terms during the Ashes, even questioned the batsman's commitment to team success.

"I think one of the biggest things the ECB want to rediscover," Prior said, "is the value of playing cricket for England. The honour and the pride you need to show as an England cricketer. And they only want people in that dressing room that are going to be passionate about England winning and performing." England have scrapped Pietersen's central contract and his future in the national side is doubtful.

Ironically, Pietersen has scored more runs in international cricket than any England player, but after the Ashes horror, the England management felt that captain Alastair Cook needed players he could trust as the rebuilding process began. Prior admitted that Pietersen's talent should have made him "the best England cricketer to ever walk this planet" but he was certainly a 'problem' in the dressing room.

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