Anderson: No way back for Pietersen

The batsman was sacked by the England and Wales Cricket Board at the start of the year and outlined in his book a number of criticisms of the team, with former head coach Andy Flower and wicketkeeper Matt Prior taking the brunt of the accusations.

Anderson was also among those to come under fire, with Pietersen accusing him and fellow bowlers Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann of 'running' the dressing room and creating a 'bullying' culture within it.

Anderson believes it is unfortunate that Pietersen's allegations will now sully England's best period on the field in modern times and is sure that the mercurial right-hander has burnt his bridges at international level.

"I can't see a way back really after what's been said and the decision that's been made," he told The Clare Balding Show on BT Sport.

"It's been an interesting few days or a week or so. It's sad in a way that all the stuff that's come out is about a really successful period for English cricket and I've loved every minute of that.

"We got to world number one, we won three Ashes series in that period of time so I've loved every minute of that. It's just a shame that this kind of overshadows that a little bit."

He added: "Pretty much everything is overshadowing what was a successful period, I think.

"I loved every minute of it and I think it's a shame really because he was such an amazing player - one of if not the best batsman we've ever had.

"And I've heard very little about that from the book so certainly for me, as a cricket fan and an England fan in general, (I) would want to hear about stuff like that."

Pietersen's accusations have dominated the headlines since he launched a media offensive last week to coincide with the book's release but thoughts will soon turn back to the square as England face a packed schedule.

Peter Moores' side travel to Sri Lanka next month for seven one-day internationals and then to Australia after Christmas for a tri-series which also involves India before the World Cup begins, also Down Under, in February.

That is followed by a three-Test series in the West Indies beginning in April and the English summer which sees New Zealand visit for two Tests and five ODIs before the Ashes start in July.

Anderson revealed that due to the hectic schedule he is due to spend "about 310 days" in hotels and when asked if that was too many, he replied: "Probably, yeah. It's just part and parcel of the job really. We're the only cricketing nation that plays all year round."

He added: "I guess you get used to it. I've done it for like 12 years so I'm pretty used to it."

The relentless international schedule has been blamed by some for cricketers suffering with mental issues with Michael Yardy leaving the 2011 World Cup suffering from depression and Jonathan Trott coming home from last winter's Ashes tour due to a stress related illness.

Anderson believes that the intense workload is almost certainly linked to cases of depression and is pleased that the ECB is now providing players with more help.

"I'm sure it is linked, yeah definitely," he said. "And I think that's something that's been looked at and we do get a lot more help with that side of things now with the mental side of it because we are away from home that long.

"It does take it out of you and I think we do need that sort of help and it's something that's sort of been brushed over in the past and now people are actually realising, with recent cases of guys having to quit international cricket because of it, people are realising it's actually a serious issue."

  James Anderson, right, does not believe he will play for England with Kevin Pietersen again
James Anderson, right, does not believe he will play for England with Kevin Pietersen again