SYDNEY - Sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen has reportedly lifted the lid on the atmosphere in the England camp as he admitted that the team`s Ashes dressing room was not a `pleasant place to be`, but said that it was not his fault.
Pietersen said that he has no regrets and is happier now that he is out of the national team, after he was controversially axed despite being England`s leading run-scorer in the ill-fated Australian tour. Pietersen said that it has been a relief to be out of the dressing room because it was not a pleasant place in Australia.
The former South African added that England were losing and in his opinion the environment was poor, and he was not alone in thinking that, as it is a view shared by a number of the players who have spoken their minds since coming back from the tour.
Pietersen said that the team lost confidence under the intense media scrutiny and Australia`s home pressure, though he added that he dealt with it better than his teammates as he has had that for years. Pietersen added that the senior players were tired and it soon became a really long grind against an Australian side which had their backs up in their own country.