Anderson: I can’t see a way back for KP

Fast bowler James Anderson has all but insisted batsman Kevin Pietersen never play international cricket for England again.

Pietersen, effectively exiled by the England and Wales Cricket Board after a heavy Test series defeat to Australia earlier this year, released a telling autobiography earlier this month.

The book is lined with criticism of captain Alastair Cook, all-rounder Stuart Broad, erstwhile coach Andy Flower, wicketkeeper Matt Prior and more.

“I can’t see a way back really after what’s been said and the decision that’s been made,” Anderson told BT Sport.

“It has been an interesting few days or a week or so. It’s sad in a way that all the stuff that’s come out is about a really successful period for English cricket and I’ve loved every minute of that.

“We got to world number one, we won three Ashes series in that period of time so I’ve loved every minute of that. It’s just a shame that this kind of overshadows that a little bit. Pretty much everything is overshadowing what was a successful period, I think.

“I loved every minute of it and I think it’s a shame really because he was such an amazing player – one of if not the best batsman we’ve ever had. And I’ve heard very little about that from the book so certainly for me, as a cricket fan and an England fan in general, I would want to hear about stuff like that.”

England will tour Sri Lanka for seven ODIs in late November and early December, before heading to Australia for more limited-overs fixtures and the World Cup, which will be co-hosted by New Zealand. A three-Test series in the West Indies will follow.

“I think we spend about 310 days in a hotel. It’s just part and parcel of the job. You get used to it, I’ve done it for 12 years. Next year we’ve got the World Cup, West Indies, New Zealand and the Ashes in our summer and then go to South Africa,” concluded Anderson.