England pace bowler Chris Tremlett has jumped to defend his now-retired former England teammate Kevin Petersen saying that the only sin Pietersen committed was to voice his opinion during England’s disastrous Ashes tour of Australia. 

Pietersen was shown the door by the ECB after the conclusion of the Ashes, with the English board making it clear that Pietersen does not feature in their future plans. KP’s unceremonial sacking drew criticism from all quarters but Pietersen, who is still under contract with the ECB till October, after which the confidentiality clause expires, is yet to speak out on the issue.

Tremlett spoke of his former teammate in glowing terms and added that Pietersen was an ‘honest character’. 

Tremlett said of his Surrey colleague : “I don’t think Pietersen committed any mistake apart from voice his opinion. We had some honest conversations and KP is a pretty honest character.

“Iin difficult times. when you’re in a squad like that, sometimes individuals find it difficult to express themselves but Kevin isn’t one of them. He won’t shy away from saying what’s going on or to tell it how it is.

“I don’t know whether that is the reason why Kevin has been axed but it is a shame that he won’t represent England anymore. Hopefully he goes out, scores tons of runs and proves England wrong.”

The fast bowler further added that the Ashes tour was a disaster for the team and he was glad when it came to an end. Tremlett also spoke of how the morale in the dressing room was terribly low after the defeat in the 3rd test sealed England’s fate.

The speedster opined : “The mood completely changed after the third Test. The communication between the lads wasn’t as good as it should have been. It can get really difficult when you’re getting hammered like that and people are panicking; the team was constantly changing.

Jonathan Trott (who left due to ‘burn out’) and Graeme Swann (announced his retirement) went home before the tour end, so it was the most disjointed tour I’ve been on. It was a disaster and I was quite thankful to leave the memories behind.”