Broad refutes Pietersen claims

Batsman Pietersen has alleged there was a culture in the dressing room where players were bullied, and where apologies were demanded by bowlers for fielding errors.

But Broad told BBC Sport: "The bullying word has not crossed my mind in eight or nine years of playing international cricket."

He added: "You would expect guys to be excited and passionate about playing for their country.

"I look at my heroes growing up, the likes of (former England rugby captain) Martin Johnson. Look at (former Manchester United goalkeeper) Peter Schmeichel, when he conceded a goal he certainly gave Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister an earful. I don't know if that would be classed as bullying, or just the passion of being disappointed."

Pietersen, who is unlikely to play for England again after being removed from the squad following the Ashes series last winter, made a range of claims about former team-mates in his recent autobiography.

Former head coach Andy Flower and wicketkeeper Matt Prior took the brunt of the accusations.

Broad's fellow pace bowler James Anderson was also among those to come under fire, with Pietersen accusing the Lancastrian, together with Broad and Graeme Swann, of "running" the dressing room and creating a "bullying" culture within it.

Broad's fellow pace bowler James Anderson said: "It puts a bitter taste in your mouth about a really fruitful time for an England team who were one of the best England teams I've been around in recent times."

Anderson, England's all-time record wicket-taker when combined across all three formats, added: "We try to challenge each other, try to push each other to improve and get the best out of each other. The culture we built is the reason we got to number one in the world."

The pair could soon be joined in the England picture by Jonathan Trott, who has been selected for the Lions' January tour to South Africa, having withdrawn from the Ashes squad last year due to a stress-related illness.

Trott is keen to represent England again, and Broad hopes he can come back in.

Broad said: "I think if I could choose anyone to bat for my life it would be Jonathan Trott.

"It was really sad to see what happened to him in Australia but credit has to go to him, his family and the people around him to get him back up to playing cricket and scoring runs."

  Stuart Broad, left, has rejected Kevin Pietersen's claims of a 'bullying' culture in the England dressing room
Stuart Broad, left, has rejected Kevin Pietersen's claims of a 'bullying' culture in the England dressing room