The calls for Pietersen’s head have predictably been the loudest. Pietersen has forever been a divisive player and the struggles of England, although Pietersen himself has not fared any worse than his team mates, have unsurprisingly led to some harsh and severe reactions from some corners of the media.
The fact of the matter is Pietersen remains one of the most talented cricketers not only in England but in the world. His ability to win matches singlehandedly is a skill that may not be replicated for generations. Runs of course should be the barometer of a player's case for selection, but Pietersen has fared no worse than Cook, Trott, Michael Carberry or Joe Root of late, and in fact better than Matt Prior, yet it is Pietersen who has attracted the most vitriol.
He, however, can rest safe in the knowledge that the England management are far more aware of his unique abilities than most fans and journalists. He needs runs, as do most of England’s batsmen, but his position in the side is not yet under threat.