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Axed England batsman Kevin
Pietersen has revealed he tried to help
Jonathan Trott during the Ashes tour---
and insists he had good relationships in
the dressing room.
Trott left Australia after the first Ashes
Test last November due to a stress-related
illness, with Pietersen apparently the first
on tour to spot his team-mate was strug-
gling to handle the pressure.
Pietersen has also claimed he was well-
liked in the England dressing-room,
despite reports to the contrary following
the England and Wales Cricket Board's
decision to call time on his international
career in the wake of the 5-0 whitewash.
"He has said that I was the first person
to notice his problem," Pietersen told the
Times of India, after arriving in the sub-
continent ahead of the new Indian Premier
"I told him that he needed to calm
down and he was putting too much pres-
sure on himself.
"Contrary to popular belief, I have very
good relationship with most of the guys
in the English dressing room. I like to
look after them.
"If someone is struggling, I like to go
up and put an arm around him."
Trott began his bid to return to the
England team earlier this month after
making a pre-season return with War-
The right-hander made just four in his
comeback friendly against Gloucestershire
in Birmingham, before again failing to
make double figures on Tuesday as his
team-mates otherwise piled on 388 for
seven against Oxford University.
Despite not yet rediscovering his batting
touch, Pietersen is confident Trott is on
the right track to recovering his England
"He is doing quite well now," Pietersen
"He came down with his wife during
the opening of my new salon last week
and he was looking much better."
Pietersen will begin life after England
when the new IPL season starts next week.
The 33-year-old will play his first game
for the Delhi Daredevils in Sharjah on
James Anderson believes this winter's
Ashes flops must take the responsibility
of leading England into their new era.
England are set to name a new coach in
the next month, tasking the incoming leader
with establishing the shoots of recovery
following the 5-0 whitewash Down Under.
Anderson believes, however, that the
onus should be on the players rather than
the new man.
"As important as a head coach is, I feel
it's the players that have to try and turn
things round," Anderson wrote on his per-
sonal blog, www.jamesanderson613.com.
"I honestly believe the group of players
that are selected have to take responsibility
to try and get the team out of the trough
we find ourselves in.
"A successful team is not led by one
man. The captain is also important, of
course, but a successful team has a group
of leaders within the team. We will need
a nucleus of four or five leaders who can
drive the team in the right direction."
England descended into chaos during
the winter, which prompted Andy Flower
to step down as team director before Kevin
Pietersen's controversial axing.
The England and Wales Cricket Board
(ECB) are due to announce Flower's
replacement in the next month, with lim-
ited-overs boss Ashley Giles and Lancashire
coach Peter Moores tipped as the men
most likely to get the job.
Anderson has worked under both and
is confident either would be a suitable fit
to help reinvigorate the national team.
"Ashley Giles and Peter Moores have
been named in the shortlist of candidates
and, having worked under both, I think
they are each well equipped for the job,"
"Peter Moores has played a big part in
my career and I have always enjoyed his
enthusiasm and skill for coaching. Likewise,
I have enjoyed working with Ashley Giles,
particularly during last year's Champions
Trophy (when England reached the final)."
Australia's decision to employ Darren
Lehmann as their coach---just 16 days
before last winter's Ashes---has been cred-
ited as the key to their significant turn-
around in fortunes.
Lehmann's aggressive approach to the
game has struck a chord with the Aus-
tralians---and most significantly Mitchell
Johnson - as they followed their Ashes
success by beating top-ranked South Africa
on their home soil.
Both series wins were completed in some
style as Johnson's breakneck fast-bowling
was accompanied by David Warner's
heavy-handed approach to batting.
Anderson is wary of being drawn into
a quick-fix---and simply attempting to
developing the same 'brand' of cricket---
suggesting instead that England would be
better served by trying to win matches
rather than to also entertain.
"A word that seems popular in sport at
the moment is 'brand'," he said.
"Referring to the style of play, it seems
popular in football, rugby and cricket. Pun-
dits and supporters alike seem to be talking
about teams' brand of football or brand of
cricket. It was a word I heard the Australian
players use a lot in the winter.
"My first thought before playing a game
is 'win'. That is the outcome all teams
"Obviously all teams want to play a good
brand of cricket, a brand that people want
to come and watch, but they want to win.
Isn't that why we are so passionate about
Lehmann was critical of England's
methodical approach during last winter's
3-0 Ashes success, but Anderson thinks
the side should stick to a style that led
them to the top of the rankings.
"The new coach will have an idea of
how he wants the team to play, the captain
will also have his view on the 'brand' of
cricket he wants the team to play," Anderson
"I always thought that we played our
best cricket when we are aggressive and
calculated. Executing well-made plans,
creating pressure by bowling accurately for
long spells of time and laying a platform
with the bat early so our aggressive players
can make hay later in the innings.
"People always associate aggression with
fast bowling or big hitting or sledging but
you can be aggressive in many other ways.
"The best example I can use is when
I'm bowling and the ball is swinging, I can
be aggressive by bowling an attacking line
and length. Swinging the ball away from
the line of the stumps and bowling a fuller
length is an aggressive way of trying to
Anderson: Players must lift England
KP: I helped
Trott and others
Kevin Pietersen, left, says he told Trott to 'calm down'.
ST JOHN'S, Antigua---West Indies team manager
Sir Richie Richardson says the spirit and unity in
the Caribbean side, was the key factor in their enter-
prising run at the recent Twenty20 World Cup in
The defending champions opened the tournament
with a loss to India but rebounded with emphatic
victories over Australia, Bangladesh and Pakistan, to
reach the semi-finals.
However, West Indies missed out on a spot in the
final when a massive rain and hailstorm prematurely
ended their semi-final against eventual champions
Sri Lanka, with them behind on Duckworth/Lewis.
"Since I have been with the team, it is the best
I have felt in terms of the camaraderie within the
team and the work ethics from all the players," the
Antigua Observer quoted Sir Richie as saying.
One of the highpoints of the Windies' preliminary
round campaign was their scintillating last-over win
against Australia, when seemingly en route to defeat.
Requiring 12 from the last over, captain Darren
Sammy blasted successive sixes off the third and
fourth deliveries from seamer James Faulkner, to lift
West Indies over the line.
Sir Richie said team management had constantly
promoted the value of this level of dedication.
"We played some good cricket. I've always said to
the players that you are not going to win every match
but as long as you give everything and the people
in the Caribbean see that you're devoted, you're ded-
icated and you are giving all that you have got, then
that is all we ask for'," the former West Indies captain
Chasing 161 for a place in the final, West Indies
were labouring at 80 for four in the 14th over when
the weather intervened. At this stage, the Caribbean
side were 27 runs behind on Duckworth/Lewis due
to their slow start.
Sir Richie, like head coach Ottis Gibson, believes
victory would have been on the cards for the Windies,
despite the huge task ahead of them.
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