Strauss sent 'quit' text to Pietersen

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Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 10:05 [IST]
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Strauss sent 'quit' SMS to Pietersen

London, Oct 23: Former England skipper Andrew Strauss has revealed that his absence would make things easier when Kevin Pietersen joins the squad for the four-match Test series against India next month.

Moreover, the former captain, who represented England in 100 Tests and 127 ODIs, said that he had sent a personal letter to each and every player of the team, when he decided to announce his retirement from international cricket except Pietersen.

According to a report on Daily mail, the former England cricketer had just sent a text message 'quit' to Pietersen in order to inform him about his decision, while he had sent a letter personally to other cricketers.

'That was a strange time for the two of us. A lot had happened and during that period we were quite estranged from each other,' Strauss was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

Strauss also admitted that the team would find it easier during Kevin Pietersen's return, as he would not be there in the team. Since, some of the controversial texts were directed to Strauss.

'Maybe it will be easier for the team that I'm not there because some of it was directed to me, Strauss was quoted as saying.

Strauss also felt that it was England's dream to win a Test series in India, and it would be tough as hosts have registered a good record at home.

'To win in India would be one of English cricket's greatest moments. India's record at home is better than any other country in the world.

Strauss also urged the team to keep things simple and concentrate on winning the series.

'It is time for everyone to make Kevin's return into the right decision - an England side with him in it that is harmonious and all working in the same direction is the best case scenario.

'It would be fantastic if Kevin does recommit himself to English cricket. He sounds like he's contrite and now it's time for everyone to look forward.'


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