Bresnan: Pietersen Twitter bullying nothing to do with me

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TIM BRESNAN has denied having any involvement in the parody Twitter account mocking his former England team-mate Kevin Pietersen.

The Yorkshire star has been implicated, along with Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, in the account @KPGenius that Pietersen has cited as an example of bullying in England’s dressing room.

The claims appear in Pietersen’s autobiography, published today, and are made by former England batsman and current Surrey team director Alec Stewart, who said he told England cricket chiefs in July 2012 that the trio of players had access to the account.

But Bresnan today took to his own Twitter account to distance himself from suggestions that he was personally involved, with Stewart having said that he was told by Richard Bailey, the creator of @KPGenius and a friend of Broad, that the trio had the account’s password on their mobile phones, thus giving them the ability to tweet from it themselves.

“Disappointed to be implicated in the #kpgenius account,” tweeted Bresnan.

“I 100% did NOT have any password.

“And I wasn’t involved in any posting.”

Stewart - England’s most-capped Test player - was himself responding to claims by Bailey that England players were not directly involved in the account that poked fun at Pietersen.

In his book, Pietersen writes that he was “totally broken” when he found out that team-mates were allegedly passing on information to Bailey.

“It didn’t sit comfortably with me as an ex-England cricketer and an England fan that this type of thing might be going on,” said Stewart.

“Not because I wanted them to get fined or anything - I’ve huge admiration for all three - but it didn’t sit comfortably with me if factually correct.

“I had a conversation with (then England and Wales Cricket Board managing director) Hugh Morris during the Oval Test match and then with (former England coach) Andy Flower at a later date.

“It was then down to the ECB to investigate things if they wanted to or they could ignore it, and after that I don’t know what happened.”

Stewart said that he was approached by Bailey during the first Test against South Africa at the Oval in 2012 on three occasions.

“I said to him some of it (the account) was very funny and that he had got some good information.

“He said, ‘Yes, I do.’ He then said, ‘Can you keep a secret?’

“I said, ‘It depends.’

“He went away and then came back and named three players who had access to the account password.”

Although Stewart said Bailey told him the players had access to the account, there is no evidence they ever tweeted from it.

Broad issued a statement at the time saying he had no involvement, while Swann has denied playing a part in his newspaper column.