We are not going to recall Pietersen, says Giles Clarke

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“English supporters must move on”

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke has announced that there is no chance the board will even reconsider recalling batsman Kevin Pietersen.

Pietersen had his central contract terminated after England’s disastrous tour of Australia.

“Who plays for England is a matter for the national selectors and their decision was a brave one,” Clarke told the Evening Standard. “You select your captain, you discuss what that captain requires, what he’s looking for. He has to decide what that team is about and what needs doing. This is about the culture of the team.”

Clarke even called on all the England supporters to “move on”.

“English supporters must move on,” he said. “There isn’t going to be any going back, that’s for sure. The Ashes tour was a watershed.

“Your No. 3 batsman leaves the tour after the first Test. That’s pretty cataclysmic, frankly. Then your world-class off-spinner retires. You cannot stop men retiring even during a series. Then you lose the series. You’ve got to build a team. You’re going to need to make changes.”

The ECB are now looking to take a page out of Stuart Lancaster’s book since he has been responsible for resurrecting England’s rugby team after he was appointed as head coach.

“Lancaster has done a fantastic job,” Clarke said. “In a very short space of time, he has sorted out English rugby. He’s talked the language of teams that Paul Downton and I like very much.

“Paul said to me, ‘If you look at the most successful sporting team over the last 100 years, of course, it is the All Blacks’. One of the fundamentals they live by is the team. You just don’t get to play if you don’t believe in it. In the end the team must matter.”

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