Ex-England coach says Pietersen needs to respect teammates, if not love them

Sydney, Sep 12(ANI): Ex-England coach Peter Moores, who was sacked after a row with Kevin Pietersen in 2009, has said the South Africa born batsman doesn't need to have love-in with his teammates if he wants to resume his international career, but added mutual respect for each other in the dressing room was necessary.

Moores was speaking ahead of the announcement of the England team for the four Test tour of India, which is expected tomorrow.

Pietersen, who is considered as England's most talented batsman, remains in international exile following a series of flare-ups that led to him being dropped following the drawn second Test against South Africa at Headingley last month.

Moores lost his post as England coach in 2009 after then captain Pietersen, who later had to resign, said he wasn't up to the job.

"You don't need to have a love-in, but you need to respect each other. It's not an easy decision. I know Andy (Flower) very well and he'll be desperately keen, as will Alastair Cook, to do well in India. They're very competitive people," the Age quoted Moores, as saying to a British channel.

"Andy's assessment is what has he got behind the scenes. No one on the outside can know that. In some ways, going to the subcontinent couldn't have come at a tougher time," he added. (ANI)