LONDON — Former captain Michael Vaughan said Kevin Pietersen must “make a speech and have a beer” with his teammates if he is to be accepted back into England’s dressing room.
Report by BBC Sport
Batsman Pietersen (32) has signed a new four-month England contract but must undergo a “reintegration” period before he returns to the side.
Vaughan also believes Pietersen must “behave better than in the summer”.
“England are lucky to have him, but the team will want actions,” Vaughan added.
Pietersen was dropped in August for sending “provocative” text messages to opposing players during the Test series against South Africa. Speaking to the BBC, Vaughan said Pietersen deserved a second chance ahead of the forthcoming Test series in India, but needs to repair his fractured relationship in the dressing room.
“Most of it is down to Kevin Pietersen — probably 80% of it,” added Vaughan. “The issue is, can Kevin Pietersen be allowed back in that dressing room?
“Now he has got a four month trial period and the only way to find out is to go into the dressing room, make a speech, get round with some of the players he has had issues with, and have a beer. He needs to iron it all out because you want to see the best players playing.
“The way he speaks to the team, media conferences and statements are just words, the team will want actions. They will want to see how he behaves and how he is around the players. ”