Geraint Jones has revealed there has been long-standing friction in the England dressing room between coach Peter Moores and captain Kevin Pietersen.
The Kent wicketkeeper was commenting on reports that both the coach and captain had left their posts, although the ECB have yet to officially confirm the rumours.
Whatever the outcome, Jones has provided an illuminating insight into the state of affairs behind closed doors.
"I thought the initial placement of KP as captain was a good one," Jones told Sky Sports News.
"He's definitely a strong character and that has probably come out over the last few days with the issues he's had with Pete Moores.
"I felt that it would possibly help that character in terms of him having to think of the rest of the players and the workings of the team and that's why when he was made captain I thought it was a good position for him.
"There was unrest and that was going on right from the start when Kevin wasn't even captain. There's always been an issue, but I felt both of them could have been big enough to sort it out."
Pietersen has taken charge of just three Tests and 10 One-Day Internationals so far and was set to lead the tour of the West Indies, with the players scheduled to fly out to the Caribbean on January 21.