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Strauss reveals his mistake in feud with Pietersen

Strauss reveals his mistake in feud with Pietersen

Former England skipper Andrew Strauss has admitted his shortcomings in handling the differences with feisty batsman Kevin Pietersen in a much-publicized scandal that fractured the relationship between the two individuals.

Although Pietersen has his place among the greatest ever English batsmen to take the field, he was involved in a text-messaging controversy in 2012 where he insulted then-skipper Strauss in a series of texts sent to opposing South African players. He signed off on a dramatic note with in-fighting in the dressing room.

Reflecting on the matter, Strauss claimed he should have handled the Pietersen saga with a cooler head than leaving his teammate be himself in the situation.

“There was an opportunity there, not necessarily to bring him in, but spend a lot more time with him and make sure his views were valued and considered. ‘I think instead I just let KP be KP. In retrospect that was a mistake and might have sowed the seeds for what was to come down the track,” Strauss said in a podcast with a leading sports website.