Kevin Pietersen deserves no sympathy because he is a “bad egg”, his former Hampshire captain Dominic Cork has claimed.
Cork has reacted with frustration to Pietersen’s fortunes continuing to dominate England’s agenda at the start of an Ashes summer.
That was the case on Friday following a statement from England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves, who stressed he did not promise Pietersen a route back into the Test team before Andrew Strauss closed the door on him again.
The record-breaking batsman had accused the ECB of being “incredibly deceitful” towards him, and Graves has been at pains to defend his integrity.
Cork has lost patience with the situation, which saw new ECB director Strauss rule out a welcome back for Pietersen this summer - even after he made a maiden triple-century for Surrey.
Cork told Sky Sports 2: “This story ... is annoying me, because I think it should be put to bed now.
“We have to just remember why [this decision has been made]. It’s all right us saying we all feel sorry for him now, because he’s got 300 (but still can’t get back in) against Leicester - at The Oval, one of the best batting tracks, against a side that’s never won in two years.”
Cork acknowledges that different personalities must be accommodated in a team environment, but insists Pietersen has pushed the boundaries too far.
“I honestly believe that not everybody has to be the same – you can’t always get on in teams,” he said.
“But there’s a bad egg in the side – and let’s be blatantly honest, Kevin Pietersen is a bad egg. (He’s) a great player, but a bad egg.”