Cricket

Strauss reveals KP apology

2012-09-21 09:07
Andrew Strauss (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Retired England captain Andrew Strauss says his former team-mate Kevin Pietersen has apologised to him.

According to the BBC website, Pietersen, 32, was dropped by England in August for sending "provocative" text messages to Proteas players during their Test series, which was won 2-0 by South Africa.

"We had a good chat and he apologised to me, which was great but what was said between us will remain between us," said Strauss, 35, who retired from all forms of cricket last month.

The South Africa-born star was axed for the final Test against the Proteas, the subsequent one-day and Twenty20 series' and the current ICC World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka. He was also left out of England's tour to India earlier this week.

The texts sent by the batsman to South Africans allegedly criticised Strauss and reportedly gave advice on how to get him out, although Pietersen denied he had offered tactical advice.

Strauss said: "It was good that we spoke and got a few things out in the open.

"I will have no problems meeting up with Kevin and having a beer with him, definitely.

"We've been through a lot together, we've had huge shared experiences, and nothing changes in that respect."

New England captain Alastair Cook revealed on Thursday that Pietersen remains in talks with England Cricket Board (ECB) officials as he fights to save his international career.

"Kevin has proved in all conditions around the world that he is a world class player. His record suggests that in all forms of the game," said Cook.

"It is a sad circumstance. Clearly he is a world class player and he is not playing for England at this precise moment in time.

"He will be missed but it gives opportunities to other players and they can do well. There is no reason these guys can't fill the gap there."

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