Strauss and Pietersen have finally put their differences aside
Former England Test captain Andrew Strauss has announced that he truly believes batsman Kevin Pietersen was sorry when personally apologising for sending derogatory text messages to the South African players during the Test series in the summer.
Pietersen has not represented England in a single match since being found guilty of sending the text messages, and was only included in the national squad for the upcoming Test series against India after apologising to Strauss, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the rest of his England team-mates.
In an exclusive interview with The Guardian, Strauss noted that there were no hard feelings between him and Pietersen any more.
“No, because of what happened with KP I felt guilty not sorting it before I left. I didn’t want to leave it on [the team director] Andy Flower’s plate and I felt uncomfortable with Cooky [Alastair Cook] having to deal with it as one of his first tasks. But that would have been the wrong reason for me to stay. I had to go,” Strauss said.
Strauss also stated that Pietersen must commit himself to playing for his country instead of always looking forward to playing in domestic Twenty20 tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“It would be fantastic if Kevin does recommit himself to English cricket at a greater level. But if, deep down, he still feels more loyalty to his IPL franchise then obviously it’s going to be difficult for him,” Strauss added.
Strauss further mentioned that he was pleased Pietersen had apologised in person and that both parties were to blame for the saga, which grabbed media headlines for literally the entire summer period.
“I don’t think anyone got to the bottom of the text messaging saga. But Kevin has since come up to me and apologised for it and I respect that. He seemed contrite and I think he was sincere, looking back I think it was wrong some of our players were following that [spoof KP Genius] Twitter account. But I still don’t think it’s a justification for what Kevin did,” Strauss said.