Kevin Pietersen's England career appeared to have been ended yesterday when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that he had not been selected for the team's next tour and the forthcoming World Twenty20, but the rumours and innuendo that swirled thereafter caused his wife Jessica Taylor to speak out on Twitter.
Taylor, who was in the band Liberty X and has been married to Pietersen since 2007, was responding in particular to former-England-player-turned-pundit, Dominic Cork.
Cork hinted at a bust-up between KP and his skipper Alastair Cook—though there has been no official word on any such incident ever having taken place.
As quoted by Sky Sports, Cork said:
[W]hat I'm hearing is there was an altercation between himself and Alastair Cook. Cook was one of his friends and wanted him back in when his reintegration happened.
When you put yourself out there as captain and an altercation happens—I heard there was nearly a dust-up, a fight in the Sydney Pavilion—you can't do that to a captain.
Players do need to be a little bit arrogant and have an ego to actually perform at the highest level but that is not the issue. It is what happens in the team.
There are some players who can't be managed and unless they toe the line and understand what it means to be part of a team then it is time to go.
Taylor sprung to the defence of her husband on social media, calling Cork a liar:
Dominic Cork - there was no 'squaring up' to Alastair Cook or 'off-field antics' in Australia - you are lying,plain & simple.— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaLibertyX) February 5, 2014
Regurgitating rumour & spinning it as fact is not what I'd call responsible journalism. The public deserve so much better - the truth.— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaLibertyX) February 5, 2014
The decision to axe Pietersen has caused huge division among fans over whether it was the right move.
A friend of Pietersen's, Piers Morgan, has been his highest-profile defendant. The CNN host has attacked both the ECB and Cook himself for the situation coming to pass:
Where the story goes next remains to be seen, but it is clear that there is more to be heard on how England came to part ways with one of their best batsmen.