Pietersen was sacked as an England player in February.
Former England bowler Dominic Cork has rejected claims made by Kevin Pietersen that there was a “culture of bullying” within the England team during the batsmen’s final years playing for the national team, Talksport reports.
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The 34-year-old made the comments during an interview with the Daily Telegraph that was designed to promote his autobiography, which is published on Thursday.
Pietersen was specking publicly for the first time since his central contract was terminated in February and Cork thinks the former England captain’s comments are nothing more than a way to get back at Andy Flower, who was England coach for much of the bastman’s international career.
He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Do I think Kevin Pietersen was personally bullied? No, and the reason is because I have been so close to him.”
“Andy Flower took England to number one in the world so he did something right. There was a clash of personalities, they didn’t get on, so this is about getting back at Flower.
“Just remember, Kevin Pietersen, during his time here in England, has left a trail of destruction wherever he has been.”
Pietersen was also highly critical of Matt Prior, calling the Sussex wicket-keeper a “disruptive influence” on the England dressing room.
However, Cork thinks the attack on the 32-year-old is completely unjustified.
The ex-England bowler continued: “When Kevin Pietersen went out of the side for sending text messages to South Africa [players] – derogatory text messages about the England captain – who was the first person who tried to get Kevin Pietersen back in the side? Matt Prior.
“Matt Prior went to meet Kevin Pietersen, so this is the person who now writes this and that about Prior.
“What he is saying is wrong. Was there a culture of bullying? I can’t see that.”
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