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James Anderson: 'No way back for Kevin Pietersen'

James Anderson claims that Kevin Pietersen's hopes of playing for England again are gone due to the controversy surrounding his autobiography.

James Anderson has admitted that a return to the England set-up for Kevin Pietersen now appears to be impossible following the fallout from his recently-released autobiography.

Pietersen targeted a number of his former colleagues in the book, and suggested that Anderson was part of a group of players who created a bullying culture in the dressing room.

However, the 32-year-old bowler has dismissed those claims, and believes that any slim chance of Pietersen playing for England again now appears to be gone.

"The dressing room was a really nice place to be," Anderson revealed on The Claire Balding Show. "When you're in a winning successful dressing room, everyone enjoys being there.

"It is sad that all the stuff that has come out has been about what was a really successful period of cricket which I loved every minute of. It's a shame that this overshadows it.

"I can't really see a way back now for KP after what's been said, but he was such an amazing player, one of the best batsmen we've ever had."

Graeme Swann has claimed that Pietersen made the majority of his accusations in an attempt to attract publicity for his book.

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England captain Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen during a nets session at Eden Gardens on October 28, 2011
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Saturday's key events


TRIATHLON
· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

SWIMMING
· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

ATHLETICS
· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

SAILING
· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

TENNIS
· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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