Kevin Pietersen is no paperhanger.
What he said:
“Success papers over a lot of cracks.”
Kevin Pietersen does not regret his utterances about the culture of bullying within the squad despite the intimidation coinciding with English cricket’s most triumphant periods.
What he really meant:
“Success is rarely dissected. It’s a question of whether you want to get on with the party or not. Failure is lonely and a time for introspection. Besides, critics can hardly argue with favorable outcomes less they be termed ‘sour grapes’.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“I just wish I had published my biography at the apogee of my career. It would have been a real hoot.”