England will continue to ignore the twists and turns of the ongoing Kevin Pietersen controversy as they press on with their bid to retain the ICC World Twenty20 title.
Pietersen has been left out of England's Test tour to face India this autumn, the latest indication he faces a long road back if he is ever to regain the management's trust and favour and play for his adopted country again. Those players who will try to defend the World Twenty20 without him, however, will do so without a thought for what he might have added to their campaign.
That, according to Luke Wright, is the only healthy way for Stuart Broad's team to react to the unusual circumstances. "As much as everyone else can talk about it, we are purely focusing on what we have in the dressing room," said the batting all-rounder, who made 35 from number three in England's opening warm-up win over Australia.
Wright can expect to be back in the thick of it again on Wednesday when England complete their practice campaign with a match against Pakistan at the P Sara Oval.
He knows he cannot afford to spend any time between now and then wondering what Pietersen might be doing.
"I'm just trying to think how I'm going to score runs out here and focus on what I'm doing," added Wright.
"If I start worrying about people who aren't here, that's only going to put us in bad stead for the rest of the competition."
- Kevin Pietersen
- Luke Wright