Posted On Friday, October 05, 2012 at 08:31:30 AM
Finally, someone has decided to take a bit of initiative and put this long-running and protracted saga to bed. Why on earth are we talking about Kevin Pietersen and a ‘re-integration’ back into the team two months after he was left out of the side is beyond me.
This should have been sorted out weeks ago, like adults, and I think both sides have to take some responsibility for that.
The good news is that England are going to have a world-class batsman back in their ranks, the bad news is that the drawn-out nature of this is going to make it very difficult for everyone involved to move on.
I think Kevin knows he made some mistakes in the way he went about things this summer and only he can put them right.
He is going to have to show the rest of the dressing room that he is totally committed to what they are trying to do and that will take some doing.
His actions will have to speak louder than his words, so that the whole dressing room feels that they are going to work together against the opposition. You don’t have to get on and be chummy with everyone in a dressing room, but you do have to feel like you’re in it together when you cross the rope.
Beyond that, when it comes to being mates and having a laugh together, that will happen over time and particularly when England start winning again.
These little cracks in teams always seem a lot bigger when the side is losing and bridges need to be built. But when the team returns to winning ways the beer tastes that bit sweeter.
They have all got their bit to do in order to make this work.
In many ways, they need to have a clean slate and forget some of the rumours and whispers that have gone on in the last two months. If this situation had been sorted quickly, then the two sides might not be so far apart.
Still, as long as England start winning again and no one is being throttled in the process, we can all get along with that.