Chennai Test loss was tipping point of Pietersen-Moores rift

According to a British newspaper, the rift between England skipper Kevin Pietersen and head coach Peter Moores began when England lost Chennai Test.

updated: January 04, 2009 15:35 IST
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The bad blood between England skipper Kevin Pietersen and head coach Peter Moores might have come to light now but the "tipping point" of the rift was the English team's recent Chennai Test loss to India, according to a British newspaper.

"The flunked Madras Test just over a fortnight ago seems to have been Pietersen's tipping point," Sunday Telegraph reported on Sunday.

"Embarrassed tactically in failing to defend a target of 387, he felt help was not forthcoming enough. At some later stage in India it appears he let the relevant people know that he wanted Moores out," it added.

The difference between the two men can be traced back to Pietersen donning the captaincy hat.

"For it seems the captain has long had enough. Michael Vaughan's omission from the West Indies tour party, after Pietersen (who is not a selector) expressly asked for his inclusion, was a factor, but undoubtedly not the stimulu.

"Pietersen has never rated Moores. He had to seek assurances from the coach before accepting the captaincy last August and has combined uneasily with him ever since. It was always a marriage of convenience. The rumours have not been subtle," the newspaper reported.