KP ready to respond
Pietersen hoping to shut a few people up in first Test in Cardiff
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: May 24, 2011 9:31am
Pietersen: Looking for good start to international summer
Kevin Pietersen dismisses doubts over his World Cup exit as 'nonsense', while also telling Sky Sports News he stands by his actions in the departure of former coach Peter Moores.
In the build-up to the first Test against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Thursday, Pietersen is looking to find his best form and silence a few critics that have emerged since his World Cup departure.
Pietersen left the England squad on the sub-continent due to a double hernia, but some have questioned the 30-year-old's reasons for heading home.
England's top batsman over the last few years is adamant that he was justified in leaving due to his injury, and hopes to silence the doubters in Cardiff.
"(I had) a double hernia. If people could feel the pain I was in they'd understand it," Pietersen told Sky Sports News.
"The World Cup comes round every four years and the IPL was straight after it - why would I want to come home when I was missing out on all that amazing cricket?
"I'm in a good frame of mind to go back to being the batter I was. All this nonsense, I just want get rid of it and get back to my best."
Pietersen, who was the subject of Sky Sports News' 'Special report', also backed the part he played in Moores leaving his post as England coach.
Pietersen was thought to have threatened to resign as captain if the former Sussex boss did not leave his post back in January 2009, after they were at odds over team selection.
Pietersen was heavily criticised for his part in the saga which also resulted in him losing the captaincy, and although he would change the manner of the move he backed his decision.
"I stick by what I did, I was doing things for English cricket," he added. "It will be a very interesting read when I'm finished!
"I'm very happy with what I did, I'm quite proud and I did it for the right reasons, for the English cricket team. I wanted us to win, to have a happier dressing room and be the best team in world.
"Probably politically I didn't do it the right way, and when I was on holiday in South Africa it got leaked to the media and it went all pear-shaped for me.
"I was supposed to have a meeting on January 8 with the board but as soon as it was leaked on New Year's Day I was a goner.
"Politically I might have done it a little differently, but these things happen."