Pietersen hits out at Jimmy in new book

England's James Anderson, right, celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne with teammate Kevin Pietersen during the first day of the first Test match between England and Sri Lanka in Galle, in March 2012
England's James Anderson, right, celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne with teammate Kevin Pietersen during the first day of the first Test match between England and Sri Lanka in Galle, in March 2012

“Burnley Express” James Anderson has come under attack in Kevin Pietersen’s new autobiography.

In a scathing verbal onslaught in the book KP - released on general sale yesterday - the South African-born 34-year-old accused Anderson of “running the dressing room” alongside fellow bowler Stuart Broad.

Pietersen claims there was a bullying culture within the dressing room, with fielders allegedly made to apologise for mistakes in the field or if they dropped catches.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph to promote the launch of the book, Pietersen said: “The bowlers were given so much power. (Graeme Swann) was winning game after game for us. Broady was contributing. Jimmy was contributing. But these guys ran the dressing room.

“The thing that horrified me was when Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss said: ‘Guys we’ve got to stop this, it’s not right for the team, there are guys that have come to (us) that are intimidated to field the ball’.

“But the double standard for me was the bigger thing. If one of them messed up - if Jimmy messed up, or Swanny - nothing was ever said. (Matt) Prior left them alone.”

He added: “I thought, ‘I reckon I could hit these guys. Who do you think you are, to ask for an apology from someone who’s trying his heart out? Are you perfect, are you never going to drop a catch? Are you never going to bowl a wide?’”

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