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We need to talk about Kevin

The underlying problems behind Kevin Pietersen's England spat may still be unresolved.
Last modified: 4 Oct 2012 15:26

Wednesday's announcement that Kevin Pietersen and the England and Wales Cricket Board had come to some sort of truce suggests the South African-born batsman will soon be playing for his adopted country once again. 

However it remains to be seen whether the issues that caused the rift in the first place have been resolved. 

Over the matter of the derogatory texts that Pietersen sent during the Headingley Test against South Africa, that seems to have been put to bed.

However the strained relationship KP has with his team-mates may take longer to fix. Maybe that was what ECB chairman Giles Clarke meant when he said that Pietersen "would have to undergo a period of reconciliation."

What does that mean exactly?

I have images in my head of KP and the rest of the England team having daily group hug sessions until the squad is announced for the India series in November.

In fact it’s that India tour that has probably concentrated the minds of both parties and forced them to make this rather uneasy peace. 

England's limp defence of their World Twenty20 crown was crying out for Pietersen's swaggering brilliance with the bat.

As for Pietersen he desperately needs to play in a marquee series like the one against India in order to give 'Brand KP' maximum exposure. Part of that also involves playing in the Indian Premier League. 

Pietersen's initial spat with the ECB came about when he wanted to miss Test matches next April in order to play a full IPL season.

As yet we don't know if that issue has been sorted out. If it hasn't the KP/England love-in could turn sour pretty quickly.