Tremlett talks about KP exit

Chris Tremlett was only aware of Kevin Pietersen "voicing his opinion" during England's disastrous Ashes tour, but does believe something else must have gone on for the team to move on without the batsman.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced back in February that following discussions between all parties after the 5-0 series defeat in Australia, they would be moving on without Pietersen.

Very little detail of what went on during the trip has been revealed by the ECB or the player; England are now looking to rebuild under the leadership of captain Alastair Cook and a yet-to-be appointed new coach, with Andy Flower having left his post as team director.

Tremlett - who was dropped after playing in the opening Test at Brisbane - admits some "honest chats" went on amongst the squad Down Under but feels his Surrey team-mate was only being honest in what he said.

"From what I saw, he did not do anything wrong apart from voicing his opinion of what was wrong and going on. I am sure there is more to it than meets the eye," the paceman told the Daily Telegraph.

"There are different relationships with different people at the ECB and he has had other instances in the past and it looks like they just wanted to move on and try new players, which is their call but it is a great loss not just for England but for the world game.

"We had some honest chats out there. Kevin is a pretty honest character and when times are tough some people find it hard to express themselves but Kevin is not one of those people. He is not afraid to say what is going on and tell it how it is.

"Personally I prefer to be around people who say it how it is. I played at Hampshire with Shane Warne and he is a pretty blunt guy and there is no beating around the bush with those characters.

"If things are black and white they will say so. I don't know whether he has been shot down for that but it is a shame he is not playing anymore."


Tremlett branded the tour as a whole "a disaster", adding: "It as the most disjointed tour I have been on and it could not have gone any worse, particularly compared to three years before," he said. "It was a disaster really and I was quite grateful to leave at the end of it."

England's loss will be Surrey's gain when it comes to Pietersen, with the right-hander having signed a contract to play for the county in the domestic Twenty20 competition.

New head coach Graham Ford - who has been a long-time mentor to Pietersen during the player's career - is looking forward to having a "very positive individual" in his ranks this summer.

"He's a good enough player to prove a point in any format," the former Sri Lanka coach said.

"He'll certainly entertain and it will be great for the fans to come down and have a look at him and see just how good he is.

"Unfortunately he's got to move on from international cricket.

"The news was surprising. I don't really know what went on, but I have known Kevin for a long time and I've always found him to be a very positive individual and I'm sure he's going to be extremely positive in our dressing room."