England doing well without Kevin Pietersen - Andrew Strauss
Director of England Cricket Andrew Strauss believes that his team is doing well after having moved on from the Kevin Pietersen controversy.
Prior to the Ashes, there was a lot of speculation over Pietersen's probable return to the England team, but Strauss effectively nullified it by making it clear that there was no way back for the 35-year-old.
Strauss feels that England have avoided detrimental issues by approaching the issue with clarity in their minds.
“I think the danger at that time is that particular issue would overshadow everything that happened on the pitch over the course of the summer," Strauss said.
“I would hate to say just because I made that decision we won the Ashes; I don’t think that’s true at all.”
The 38-year-old former England captain further reasoned that all his efforts this summer were to provide clarity to the players so that they can concentrate on the game.
“What I was trying to do was provide clarity going forward, so everyone knew where they stood and that could allow the players to concentrate on what was going on in the middle rather than some of the other stuff that was surrounding.”
Strauss is confident that it is the open-minded approach that has enabled England to move on and perform well.
“I think that clarity has helped, to be honest, but it’s up to the players to go out and perform.
“I think the team has moved on and the team is in a pretty good place.
“I think some of those young guys have established themselves.”
Without Pietersen in the team, England managed to regain the Ashes by defeating Australia 3-2 in the five-match series.
However, England’s batting was not up to the mark with only Joe Root standing out with an average above 40.00.
Nevertheless, Strauss is of the notion that apart from Root players like Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali will take England forward in the coming months.
“You look at Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali as three guys over the past 18 months that have really come through and have the makings of top-quality international players.
“That’s what we will be focusing on taking England forward.”
Pietersen was England’s highest run scorer in his last series - the 2013-14 Ashes campaign in Australia - which the hosts won 5-0.
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