Pietersen warning for Strauss

Published: Wednesday 6th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Kevin Pietersen has warned one of the most important tasks for Andrew Strauss is to restore English cricket to its public, after a “treacherous 15 months”.

Strauss has yet to be appointed as the England and Wales Cricket Board’s new director, but already has some timely advice from his former team-mate.

Strauss, the ex-Test captain whose working relationship with Pietersen reached a low ebb during the vexed summer of 2012, will doubtless face a series of tough and high-profile decisions if he does rejoin the ECB payroll this summer.

One of them may be whether to ‘reintegrate’ superstar batsman Pietersen for a second time, after his axing by the ECB as they came to terms with the 2013/14 Ashes whitewash for Alastair Cook’s team.

Pietersen, who will be 35 by the time this summer’s rematch gets under way, has been given fresh hope of a recall after new ECB chairman Colin Graves hinted that runs in county cricket may yet provide him with a pathway back to the Test arena.

In those circumstances, it will be essential that Strauss and Pietersen are seeing eye to eye again.

Pietersen appeared largely on board when he offered his views on the developing new management regime on the website, BreatheSport, but included too an ambiguous turn of phrase which could refer equally to his own sacking or the team’s connection with their public.

“I hope Strauss & ECB bring the public back to the team after a treacherous 15 months,” he posted.

“They owe it to the fans! He has some HUGE decisions. Hope he gets them right…”

It is not only Pietersen’s playing future which could be in Strauss’ hands but that of Peter Moores as coach as England try to put behind them the disappointment of an embarrassingly unsuccessful World Cup campaign and then a drawn series in West Indies – against opponents Graves described as “mediocre”.

The ECB announced last month, after managing director Paul Downton left his post, that they would recruit for a new role as ‘Director of England Cricket’.

Confirmed candidates have included former England captains Strauss, Michael Vaughan and Alec Stewart.

But after Vaughan withdrew his interest, Strauss has emerged with an apparently uncontested claim to the new post.

His appointment is thought by many to be imminent, but may have to wait until next week before all relevant arrangements can be put in place by management staff returning from West Indies or England’s one-off one-day international against Ireland in Dublin.

Published: Wednesday 6th May 2015 by The News Editor

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