A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Strauss respects Pietersen’s decision to retire from limited overs cricket

Strauss believes every member of the squad has a right to make their own decisions

England Test captain Andrew Strauss has revealed that he completely respects teammate Kevin Pietersen’s decision to retire from limited overs cricket.

Speaking to reporters, Strauss stated that the decision was Pietersen’s to make by himself, and that he had every right to call it quits when he felt it was time.

“I truly believe everyone has the right to determine whether they want to play a certain form of the game,┬áKevin has made that decision and we all respect it. He went into it with his eyes open. He knew what the situation was and what the ramifications were, and we’re all just looking forward now,” Strauss said.

Pietersen, played in all three Tests against the West Indies, but was left out of the ODI and Twenty20 series that followed.

Strauss, who is three years older than Pietersen, decided to call it a day in the limited overs format after the 2011 World Cup.

“You’ve got to be ready to do it, the most important thing is that mentally you understand that you’re giving away a certain part of the game. If you’re not ready to do it, then it can eat away at you. Certainly in my case, that wasn’t the case,” Strauss added.

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