Stuart Broad insists England are focusing solely on squaring the Test series against South Africa and will not be distracted by any dressing room issues when they meet up at Lord’s next week.
Andrew Strauss’ men are 21/10 with bookmaker to get the win they need at Lord’s to tie the series and hold on to their number one Test ranking.
However, issues surrounding the future of Kevin Pietersen are dominating the headlines ahead of the match after the 32-year-old revealed this series could be his last.
Broad said: “When we turn up for a Test match week it is very focused about that job, making sure we score runs and take wickets.
“There is not a lot of time for discussing that sort of stuff. But what is vital, and what needs to come out of this week, is that we turn up to Lord’s with all 11 players making sure England win that Test and all our energies and focus is going towards that.
“If you just have one player slightly off, it can be quite damaging. It is important that once we get to Lord’s as a group, whoever is there, we make sure we are fully there mentally and win that game.”