Kevin Pietersen's Book has Tarnished England: Alastair Cook

Kevin Pietersen has alleged in his autobiography that there was a culture of bullying in the England cricket team.

updated: October 12, 2014 09:31 IST
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England skipper Alastair Cook has denied any bullying culture in the team.


London: England captain Alastair Cook said Saturday that one of the team's most successful spells had been "tarnished" by Kevin Pietersen's controversial autobiography.

Pietersen, England's leading all-time run-scorer was effectively sacked -- for reasons that have still to be made clear -- by the England and Wales Cricket Board in February after a team led by Cook returned from a 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia.

This week saw Pietersen hit back with the publication of his autobiography and a flurry of interviews where he singled out former coach Andy Flower and England wicketkeeper Matt Prior, whom he accused along with a group of senior bowlers of creating a "bullying" on-field culture, for his harshest criticism.

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