KP lashes out at Lehmann
OUTSPOKEN former England star Kevin Pietersen has blasted former Australian coach Darren Lehmann following the release of the Cricket Australia review.
Pietersen has been a vocal critic of Lehmann's and believes that the cultural issues within the Australian dressing room were allowed to grow under his watch.
Pietersen took to social media to let his feelings on Lehmann's role in the cultural demise of the Australian team be known loud and clear.
Australian Cricket’s culture review.— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) 29 October 2018
Having played in that system for the last 4 seasons & with Lehmann carrying on like he did, I’m afraid an explosion was ALWAYS going to happen!
Is he still employed by CA?!?!
Pietersen wrote: "Australian Cricket's culture review. Having played in that system for the last 4 seasons & with Lehmann carrying on like he did, I'm afraid an explosion was ALWAYS going to happen! Is he still employed by CA?!?!"
Lehmann was cleared by the board of any involvement in the ball tampering saga, that resulted in suspensions for Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
However Lehmann chose to fall on his own sword and step down as the coach of the national team, despite maintaining his innocence.
It remains unclear to Pietersen how the ball-tampering scandal could have gone on without Lehmann's knowledge.
Pietersen was quick to call Lehmann out on twitter when the scandal first broke back in March.
Lehmann never knew - 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🤥🤥🤥🤥🤥🤥🤥🤥🤥🤥🤥🤥— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) 27 March 2018
Pietersen believes at the very least that Lehmann should be held accountable for the culture that was allowed to develop under his watch.
Pietersen and Lehmann have history with Lehmann calling for the former Melbourne Stars batsmen to be axed in 2017.
"Time for stars to move KP on, spent to much money on him and didn't win. Don't want to listen to his excuses anymore," read Lehmann's tweet.
Pietersen's response was swift: "What a bummer that one is," Pietersen said.
"I can only do my best for the Stars and I think I've done pretty well.
"First year I shared player of the year, second year I was player of the year, this year I have top-scored.
"I also think that the Stars probably wouldn't have got involved from a team or a campaign (perspective) in such a huge way for the rhinos (an awareness initiative against poaching) if I didn't offer anything to the franchise.
"So I'm very happy where I am, I love playing in Australia, I love playing for the Melbourne Stars and it's like home to me."
The South African-born star was one of the most divisive cricketers of his generation.
He infamously, during a series against South Africa, texted the opposition about his captain Andrew Strauss causing a major divide in the dressing room.