Pietersen refused to comment on Strauss’ retirement
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has never been one to shy away from the media during an off-field incident, except after Test captain Andrew Strauss announced his retirement.
Pietersen has been blamed for being part of the reason as to why Strauss made the painfully difficult decision to retire after he was found guilty of sending derogatory text messages about Strauss to South African players during the recent Test series between the two nations.
With Pietersen offering no words of appreciation to Strauss, many cricket pundits see it as a bad move on the behalf of the England batsman since it was his fault for destabilising his relationship with the England captain.
Pietersen has continuously turned down interviews from the press and stated that did not want to talk about the issue.
However, Strauss’ long time opening partner Marcus Trescothick, was more than happy to show his appreciation for Strauss and everything he accomplished during his illustrious career.
“I wasn’t surprised, although I was hoping Andrew would continue as an England player, I didn’t think he would come back and play county cricket once his Test career had ended and the only other scenario I could foresee was him quitting the captaincy while continuing to play Test cricket for a while. He took England to No 1 in the world which had been a massive challenge for him and for the ECB, and winning the Ashes away from home would probably be the pinnacle of his time as captain. I’m sure he would like to have gone out on a high by beating South Africa and keeping the No 1 ranking but sadly that didn’t prove possible,” Trescothick said.
When asked if he believed that Pietersen had played a major role in Strauss’ decision to retire, Trescothick said: “I don’t believe the Kevin Pietersen issue had any effect on his decision. I’m sure this has been part of his planning for some time.”
Reliving the days he used to open with Strauss, Trescothick said: “We were opening partners for England for a number of years and we became good friends. He was a good guy to share a dressing room with a strong leader. I wish him nothing but the best for the future.”