London: England pace spearhead James Anderson has dismissed claims made by Kevin Pietersen in his autobiography that a bullying culture flourished in the team in the recent years and described the developments in the last few days as “sad”.

Anderson said the England team will not let Pietersen’s claims distract them. “We’ve got cricket to play — more important things to worry about than someone’s book,” he said.

“The issues that have been brought up are sad really — the dressing room for the last seven or eight years when we’ve been winning has been amazing,” said Anderson.

“You don’t achieve what we have without guys pulling in the same direction. I can’t get my head round it, he seems like he’s just not enjoyed it for however long,” Anderson said.

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