Cook backs “Contrite” KP
England Test captain, Alastair Cook, insists that Kevin Pietersen is focused on playing well for England. Cook – and, indeed, fans of cricket test betting – is desperate to put the long-running saga to bed before his team kick-off the gruelling tour of India next month.
Pietersen’s exclusion following his rouge text messages brought to the surface a number of simmering issues that perhaps needed to be dealt with sooner or later and, although there has been a lot of upheaval, English cricket may be better off for it.
For starters, they can welcome back into their side one of the world’s most destructive batsmen. England are a weaker side without Kevin Pietersen, though the ECB’s tough stance throughout sent out a strong message to KP that he was not going to receive any special treatment just because of his ability.
To be fair to the 32-year-old, who has a reputation for having a precious ego, he appears to have been genuine remorseful for what has gone on and had done everything asked of him in order to the issues to be resolved.
There will, of course, be huge focus on him when he next takes to the field in an England short, but if he can start writing headlines for the right reasons, the drama of late summer may quickly be forgotten.
“It’s been a difficult two months for us, but as captain the best possible outcome is that we have a world-class player back in the team,” said Cook. “Kevin is very contrite and desperate to be back playing and scoring runs for England. As captain that’s all I want.”
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