Forget KP... Bring on Lord's
This KP saga is spiralling out of control.
It almost seems as though some scribes have decided that seeing the scandal-free Olympics have run their race, now is the time to ramp up their copy to regain headlines. No-one in the world can bleed a story like the English papers and believe me some of them are haemorrhaging rather than just spilling claret.
The bottom line for me is that when an individual's extremely narcissistic attitude is coupled with exceptionally poor advice, it spells disaster.
Some of the respected views have been blunt to the extreme.
"I know for a fact there are players in this England side who cannot stand Kevin Pietersen." former captain Nasser Hussain wrote in his newspaper column on Monday.
''I didn't like some players.'' Warne said. ''But everyone is different - it's up to the leadership group to make everyone feel special and important.''
Even though the South Africans have been downplaying the significance of the dropping of Pietersen, take it from me they are grateful to be handed this bonus on the eve of their quest to be No 1. That's not all. The South Africans are angered that they've been drawn into this and seriously dark that some are suggesting they have set this whole thing up.
This series, which has been punctuated by some superb individual performances, has had some testy issues on the field as well. Up until now they have gone largely unnoticed but this latest development will only add further fuel to the fire that is burning fiercely within the visitors. Expect some well-directed verbals to be aimed at a couple of the opposition players throughout the test. Should things progress favourably for Smith and co, they will not take any prisoners.
Tim Bresnan said on Wednesday that their team might even be better without Pietersen. Really? Who does he think he is fooling?
Even though KP has clearly been a disruptive influence behind closed doors, I do feel that the correct management of the situation has been lacking. Professional sportsmen need quality people surrounding them, such is the fragility of some individuals. This whole saga should never have reached this level of disruption. Was it all a convenient half-truth?
Someone also has to explain to me the complete obsession with a parody twitter account, and who really cares? I just don't get it.
KP claimed in his bizarre stage-managed Youtube video that he always "shoots from the hip."
He has done no more than shoot himself in the foot.
I am also now hearing he has apologised belatedly to the ECB.
Anyway, I have had enough of all this. Now is the time to celebrate the culmination of a superb series and champion the game.
Bring on Lord's.