~~Abused, yes, but not racially~~, says Pietersen

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Kevin Pietersen has rubbished reports that he and left-arm spinner Monty Panesar were racially abused by spectators in a pre-Ashes warm-up match in Sydney.

''The stuff that's been said about Monty Panesar and me being racially abused out here is just nonsense. Abused, yes, but not racially,'' Pietersen told the News of the World.

The South African-born batsman and the left-arm spinner were allegedly racially abused by some fans during the match against New South Wales. The England and Wales Cricket Board had also confirmed the incident but Pietersen maintained that spectators despite being harsh with their taunts, were never racial as reported.

Pietersen said he remained unaffected by the whole episode and instead took it as a part of the tough series.

''The other thing to remember is that all this is the phony war leading up to the first Test in Brisbane on Thursday,'' he pointed out.

''Nothing like that upsets me but I'd like to be able to chuckle at something from the crowd once in a while,'' he added.

However, Pietersen admitted that medium-pacer Matthew Hoggard did get bit upset with the abuse hurled at him.

''Hoggie thought it was rather harsh to be called 'the worst bowler in the world' but he stopped worrying when he heard the same spectator yelling exactly the same phrase at Steve Harmison and James Anderson,'' he revealed.

Pietersen felt the spectator-abuse in Australia had been nothing compared to what he went through during the tour of South Africa.

''I will never be abused as much in any country as I got in South Africa. That was just unbelievable,'' he said.

''The bottom line is this is tough, no-nonsense professional sport. It's not for the faint-hearted. You can't be when the ball is whizzing past your nose at 100mph,'' he added.

The attacking right-hander he was a bit disappointed with the Aussie spectators and called on them to be more witty with their comments.

''So far, all we've heard is abuse. They don't seem to know how to be witty,'' he said.

Shaken by Marcus Trescothick's sudden departure, Pietersen said despite being disappointed by his loss, England were capable of recovering.

''We've all got to be big now Tres has gone home. But we dealt with that problem in India earlier this year and came back to level the series. I had no idea Marcus was in trouble and he was gone before I knew it. There was not even time to say goodbye,'' he recalled.


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