Geoff Boycott: Flower must drop Pietersen

Dec 22, 2013, 01:30 IST | PA Sport

Geoff Boycott has called for Kevin Pietersen to be dropped from the England team. Pietersen has been among England's most conspicuous failures on their tour of Australia, repeatedly getting himself out because of poor shot selection.

Former England opener Boycott places the blame in part on the England management, including coach Andy Flower, for not curbing his more flamboyant on-field excesses sooner.

Kevin Pietersen,  Andy Flower and Geoff Boycott
Kevin Pietersen with England coach Andy Flower and (inset) Geoff Boycott 

He told the Daily Telegraph: “How do you tell inexperienced players such as Carberry and Root that you have to sell your wicket dearly and work through difficult periods in a match, but then Pietersen plays like he does?

He has given his wicket away four times out of six. Each time they set a trap for him and he falls for it. He is a mug and the Aussies are laughing at him. They think he is a sucker.

“Senior players should always give a lead to the juniors, but with Pietersen it is all about self. He is going to do whatever he wants, play the way he feels irrespective of the state of the match or what is best for England.”

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