“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”
Last Updated: 04/04/20 3:33pm
Sir Andrew Strauss instructed the Sky Sports Cricket Podcast that he made mistakes with his handling of Kevin Pietersen throughout his time as England captain.
Pietersen despatched textual content messages to South African gamers through the 2012 Test sequence between the 2 sides and allegedly insulted Strauss in them.
Pietersen was dropped after the ‘Text-gate’ scandal and though he was later reintegrated into the facet, his England profession got here to an finish after the 2013-14 Ashes after Alastair Cook’s facet had misplaced 5-0.
In a present you possibly can take heed to within the participant above, Strauss instructed Sky Sports‘ Ian Ward: “I most likely did not do sufficient work with KP.
“There got here a time when some of the folks he was shut with within the staff retired or received dropped. There was a possibility there, not essentially to deliver him in, however spend much more time with him and ensure his views have been valued and thought of.
“I suppose as an alternative I simply let KP be KP. In retrospect that was a mistake and might need sowed the seeds for what was to return down the monitor.
“I do not suppose he would have been within the engine-room of the staff in that sense however I’ve at all times felt an excellent staff atmosphere embraces distinction and finds an area for everybody.
“I suppose we did that for big intervals of time however probably by way of neglect, KP grew to become more and more remoted.
“Often KP needed to be the man who was barely separate from the staff. On any given day it did not really feel like a problem however over time it grew to become a problem.
“Would I do issues in a different way if I had my time once more? Probably not. The worst factor you are able to do for gamers like KP is to straitjacket them and say ‘you need to abide by x, y and z. You cannot go and play in a flamboyant method, you need to grind it out like Jonathan Trott’.
“Effectively you would be asking him to be somebody he is not, so that you needed to minimize him some slack and permit him to be himself. At instances, although, what labored for KP virtually undermined what the staff was attempting to do. It felt like there have been two fully separate agendas there and that grew to become an issue for me, the remaining of the staff and [then head coach] Andy Flower.
“We have been all drained, emotional and had spent a lot time in one another’s pockets. Probably if we had a bit more room to suppose clearly it won’t have gotten to that stage and we would have managed it higher.
“But I do not look again and suppose ‘we have been flawed to name KP out over some of the issues he did’. I suppose we had to do this.”
Strauss and Pietersen had additionally been at odds over the latter’s need to play within the IPL, with massive elements of the event clashing with England’s residence Test summers.
Strauss defined the scenario on the Sky Sports Cricket Podcast and why, when put in as England’s director of cricket in 2015, allowed present gamers to move for the IPL.
“I at all times had sympathy with KP over the IPL,” added Strauss. “I understood what an enormous occasion it was with all the very best gamers enjoying there collectively and big quantities of cash on the desk as properly.
“Long time period my view was that we needed to discover a window for the IPL. I instructed the ECB we could not compete towards one another as it’s going to create huge points inside our staff.
“But I thought it was extremely harmful to permits gamers to overlook Test cricket to play within the IPL. The message you would be sending and the precedent you would be setting is that the IPL is extra essential than Test cricket.
“I was saying to KP on the time, ‘hear, mate, that is the scenario. You cannot decide in or out if worldwide cricket. You’ve received obligations to England and hopefully there are gaps the place you possibly can play within the IPL as properly’.
“When I took over as director of cricket, I regarded on the calendar and whether or not we might shift in order that our gamers might play within the IPL.
“Secondly, we had more and more white-ball specialists so they wouldn’t necessarily be playing in a Test match anyway.”