I’m aware not everyone is going to be able to get to a TV or radio today, so the idea is to post and update as it happens. Lots of refreshing of the page will be required I’m afraid, we’re not at BBC levels of automatic updates just yet!
10:38 – Sky have just had Atherton and Hussain previewing it, with Atherton describing the ECB as having led Pietersen up the garden path.
10:49 – how’s your blood pressure?
10:50 – we’ve had a chorus of former players and captains absolutely outraged so far. To me it seems the rage is far higher than it was with the original sacking. Though Ed Smith of course believes social media and the public are not just different things, but on a Venn diagram don’t actually coincide at all.
10:53 – of course Strauss will be talking about some other items today as well, and we’re supposedly due to hear from Colin Graves, who will have a lot to answer for. Let’s be honest, it’s one subject that’s going to dominate.
11:02 – here we go
11:03 – Strauss “massive trust issue between Kevin and I”
11:04 – “not part of our plans for this summer, can’t say about the future”
11:04 – “can’t have a situation where there’s no trust. If there’s a way to build trust let’s look at it”
11:05 – “trust is absolutely imperative. It’s a board decision. My job now is to look to the future”
11:06 – Note that he throws it all on Pietersen. No mention that the ECB ought to do something about it.
11:08 – wonder if calling him a bad name live on air has something to do with that trust
11:09 – full backing for Alastair Cook for this summer.
11:10 – will look at the selection structure.
11:11 – Joe Root to be vice captain of the Test team.
11:11 – “far more separation between the Test and One Day teams”
11:12 – Kevin Pietersen is now on 347*
11:13 – blah, blah, blah. This is not a terribly impressive performance.
11:13 – and that is that. The press conference is to come.
11:13 – oops missed out that Jason Gillespie is in the running for England coach, be interesting to see if he wants it.
11:17 – quite remarkable that Strauss actually comes out and confirms that the problem with Pietersen is a personal issue.
11:18 – they have a bloody cheek talking about trust. No one trusts the ECB. Oh and Pietersen passes 350.
11:22 – Harrison speaks now. Says it’s an ECB position and that Colin Graves agrees.
11:23 – Harrison comes up with the usual guff about moving forward. Ignores the question about Pietersen being led up the garden path.
11:25 – And Surrey are all out. Pietersen selfishly red inks a 355*
Ha, you have to be kidding Strauss!
11:49 Not sure if we’ll get to see coverage of the press conference or not. I’ll try and keep abreast of it.
Looks like we won’t get to see that though. So it may be Twitter updates as they come in.
12:18 – apparently Sky will be running an interview with Strauss from Atherton and Hussain shortly.
12:43 – Hussain telling Strauss trust goes both ways.
12:46 – this is a whole load of blather, it really is.
12:47 – it’s quite extraordinary how Strauss talks about trust and that asking him to be an advisor is part of that, yet ignores the trust issue of the chairman telling Pietersen that if he scores runs he can’t be ignored.
12:53 – Well that interview told us nothing at all. If there was one thing I thought Strauss might to better, it was to actually come up with a rationale for exclusion. He failed. Miserably.
It’s quite astonishing actually – the disdain from professional sportsmen is almost universal.
Bob Willis: “I don’t often feel sorry for Kevin Pietersen but having been told by the chairman-elect to go and score runs in the County Championship if he wants to get back in the England side, Kevin’s been sent on a wild goose chase.
It’s another case of the ECB shooting themselves in the foot. After the appalling way the Peter Moores sacking was handled, that he was the last to know, I think this is another faux pas by the ECB and they need to get their act together.”
13:09 – seems that’s more or less it for the moment. Doubtless more will come out across the day and I’ll update as and when. But for now, hope it was of some use to you all.
The Downfall thing has been done many a time. But OK, this one is funny
13:33 – first response from the written press to their press conference:
Ryan Harris chimes in: “I know that Strauss and him probably don’t get on, (but) I’m not going to believe it until we get over there and they pick their squad. He’s just peeled off a triple-hundred. If he keeps going on and playing for Surrey – he may quit now – but if he keeps going and scoring hundred after hundred there’s going to be a lot of pressure to pick him. Although it has been said by the new cricket director, I’m not going to believe it until we play five Tests and Kevin Pietersen doesn’t play. If he keeps scoring runs the way he is it’s going to be very hard not to pick him.”
Alec Stewart speaks:
And boy is he not happy. He’s not happy at all.
15:39 – I’ve just seen Dominic Cork try and say we don’t know what Colin Graves said. Well Dominic, here you go – irrespective of what was said privately, this was entirely public and is a direct quote:
“It is very simple. What happened in the past is history and there is no point talking about it, I was deputy chairman when the decision was made [to sack Pietersen] and I supported it so there is no point pulling that to bits. But if he wants to play for England then he has to play for a county. That is his decision.
“If he does that and then comes out and scores a lot of runs they can’t ignore him I would have thought but that is up to him. You can’t pick someone when he is not playing.”
“Forget personalities. Selectors pick the best players in form, taking wickets and scoring runs. That is their job.”
16:10 – Interesting interview with Alec Stewart on Sky right now, directly addressing the point about what he would have done had he got the DC job. He said he would want to pick from the best players available, and if that included Pietersen so be it. His implication was fairly obvious that that wasn’t acceptable to the ECB.
Let’s think about that for a second. A prospective Director of Cricket isn’t considered because he wants to pick the best players available. Let’s think about that again. Jesus.
18:03 – Kevin Pietersen article on the Daily Telegraph is imminent…
19:01 – Perhaps not so imminent. I’m out for an unavoidable birthday tonight, so this will be it from me for now. No doubt when the article is published there’ll be a whole lot more to come, and I’ll come back to it in the morning with a longer piece. Comments are of course open as ever. It’s the first time we’ve tried a live blog on events across a day, so let us know if (even given the subject matter) it’s been useful for you, and we can do it again. We could even do it for a Test match perhaps!