Jimmy Anderson is the latest England star caught up in the explosive aftermath of Kevin Pietersen’s new autobiography, which was released today.
Pietersen tweeted last night that he had been made aware that Anderson, along with Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad, all had access to the parody twitter account @KPGenius.
The account was created in the aftermath of the texting scandal which saw Pietersen lose his place in the England squad in August 2012.
In his new book, KP, Pietersen revealed that the spoof twitter account left him ruined and totally ostracised in the dressing room.
Upon finding out about his team mates’ involvement in the account, the macho South-African born cricketer was so distraught that he broke down in tears in front of head coach Andy Flower.
Pietersen tweeted last night: “Why did he [Richard Bailey] tell @StewieCricket that @Swannyg66, @jimmy9 & @Stuart-Broad8 had the Account on their phones & tweeted from it?!”
However the involvement of Anderson, who Pietersen has said was a key perpetrator of a bullying culture around the England squad, is in doubt.
Alec Stewart [@StewieCricket] said that Bailey, a club cricketer and friend of Broad who created the spoof account, had never mentioned Anderson when speaking about the @KPGenius account.
Instead Stewart, himself a former England captain, has indicated that Yorkshireman Tim Bresnan was the third England player involved in running the account, rousing the ire of the burly all-rounder.
Disappointed to be implicated in the #kpgenius account. I 100% did NOT have any password. And wasn’t involved In any posting.
— Tim Bresnan (@timbresnan) October 9, 2014
Pietersen has never strayed far from controversy during his career and the release of his book has created a frenzy after the gagging order agreed with the ECB upon his sacking finally ran out.
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