Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen

Johannesburg : Andrew Strauss, the newly appointed England’s cricket director, has said that it was hard to overlook the ‘inflammatory comments’ made by Kevin Pietersen in his controversial autobiography. Strauss added that the comments in fact helped explain the star batsman’s send away from the England team, Sport24 reported. Strauss’s first act after appointment as director was to tell Pietersen that the ‘massive trust issue’ was the reason why he was rejected to make a comeback to the England side this summer. This contradicted with the earlier comments made by new ECB chairman Colin Graves that Pietersen could make a comeback if he scored runs in county cricket. Despite of scoring 355 not out for Surrey against Leicestershire, the South Africa-born batsman was denied of making a recall. In his autobiography, the maverick batsman had talked about the ‘bullying culture’ that was there within the team and as a result had faced a lot of criticism, especially from Strauss who infamously let slip of what he thought of his former team-mate with an obscenity picked up on a stray broadcast mic last year. Strauss hoped that the people could appreciate why; despite of being in form, Pietersen could not make a comeback.

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