Kevin Pietersen ‘ends ANY tension’ with Andrew Strauss

first_imgKevin Pietersen on Friday announced on Twitter that he has buried the hatchet with his former England teammate and captain Andrew Strauss, whose wife had been diagnosed with cancer.Strauss returned to England from Australia ahead of the ongoing Perth Test after his wife, Ruth, was diagnosed with cancer. In all likelihood, Strauss will not return to Australia for the remaining match and stay with wife and family instead.”Here ends ANY tension I may have with Andrew Strauss. What he’s going through with his family puts life into perspective. Thinking of the Strauss family!” Pietersen took to Twitter to express his feelings.Here ends ANY tension I may have with Andrew Strauss. What hes going through with his family puts life into perspective. Thinking of the Strauss family! ???- KP (@KP24) December 15, 2017Strauss and Pietersen were at loggerheads since 2012 after Pietersen sent defamatory text messages to South African players.In 2012, Pietersen played a key role in the Test series against South Africa. He hit a century in the first Test against the Proteas but said that the third Test in the series might be his last for England. He also talked openly about issues in the dressing room.In the coming days, allegations were made against him that he sent defamatory text messages to members of the South African dressing room. Names of Strauss and then England coach Andy Flower were also mentioned in the messages. He had talks with the ECB and he committed his future to all formats of the game but was dropped for the third Test.advertisementPietersen though made his return to the England team for the 2013-14 Ashes series in Australia.Pietersen was sacked from the team after a 5-0 whitewash in the 2013-14 Ashes series and was told in May in 2015 by former captain Strauss that he would not be considered for an international recall.Strauss was appointed the Director of England cricket in 2015 and soon after his appointment he accused Pietersen of “massive trust issues”.”The first thing to say is that I have never doubted his abilities, his record stacks up and he can be proud. But over months and years the trust has been eroded and there is a massive trust issue between him and I and because of that we’ve decided it’s not in the best short-term interest to have in the team,” Strauss said.”However, he is not banned from the side. It’s not about his capabilities, it’s about trust which we can’t rebuild over just a few days. Trust is imperative in any organisation. We can’t run away from the fact that trust isn’t there at the moment,” Straus had said at the time.Pietersen’s international career came to a premature end after the 2013-14 Ashes series in which he ended as England’s highest run-getter with 294 runs.last_img

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