Just a couple of days after the England and Wales Cricket Board omitted Kevin Pietersen from two of its upcoming tournaments and virtually ended his international career, pop-star wife Jessica Taylor took to Twitter to rubbish claims that her husband was sacked due to a fight with skipper Alastair Cook during the Ashes Test in Sydney. (Kevin Pietersen and ECB, a match made in hell)
Jessica and Dominic Cork fought a Twitter 'war' after the former England pacer claimed that an altercation between Pietersen and Cook during the Sydney Test against Australia in 2013 was the reason behind the sacking of the maverick English batsman. Jessica has called for the truth over the axing. (England remain coy over Pietersen axe)
Pietersen's sacking has attracted mixed reactions from former cricketers, with Cork being one of the few who supported the ECB move. (British PM defends Pietersen)
According to reports, Jessica took to Twitter to respond to Cork's tall claims. She blasted Cork, saying he was simply lying about the turn of events. (Kevin Pietersen axed: ECB's official statement and KP's reaction)
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
She went on to request the media not to write stories based on rumours and that the public deserved to know the truth. (Pietersen a maverick England couldn't manage: Vaughan)
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
As reported by Sky Sports, Cork said he wasn't surprised by the sacking and that Pietersen was "England's most destructive player on and off the pitch, always carrying a lot of baggage with him."
"But what I'm hearing is there was an altercation between himself and Alastair Cook. I heard there was nearly a dust-up, a fight in the Sydney Pavilion - you can't do that to a captain," Cork was quoted saying.