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England captain Alastair Cook has announced that the Kevin Pietersen era is a thing of the past as his side prepare for their upcoming limited overs tour of Sri Lanka.
Pietersen made numerous claims against the England players and team management in his autobiography. However, Cook stated that the national team have moved on from that chapter and are solely focussed on their seven-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, the ODI tri-series against Australia and India, and the 2015 World Cup.
“We’ve had a couple of weeks together and we haven’t felt the need to talk about it at all,” Cook said. “It’s been a really good place to be around in the last couple of weeks. I think we have moved on – all the fall-out from it has happened.
“In the summer I felt we were moving on as a side and then we had the release date – so everyone was talking about it.
“It’s all happened now, it’s all out now from his side and as players we’ve left it, there’s nothing more that can really come out. We just want to build and move forward as a side and as a captain, that’s a good place to be.”
Even though he has been heavily criticised for his side’s 3-2 loss in the ODI series against Sri Lanka and 3-1 defeat in the ODI series against India, Cook still believes he is the right man to be captaining his country in ODIs.
“Do I have the tactical nous? Without a doubt. I think the only time England have been number one in the world in one-day cricket was when I was captain,” he said. “We haven’t won over the last couple of series so we do have to improve but it’s not about a radical change of method.
“I’ve been light on runs at the top of the order for 12 months but there were times before that when I scored heavily at the top of the order and we scored really good totals.
“It’s about every player playing at the peak of their potential and then we have a really good chance at the World Cup.
“You talk about strategy, but for me it’s about individuals playing as well as we can. If we can peak at the right time for the World Cup, we’ve got a really good chance and I don’t think anyone will want to play us.”