Strauss: No Pietersen trust

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Strauss??? working relationship with his fellow South Africa-born batsman broke down in the summer of 2012 when Pietersen was forced to admit sending “provocative” text messages about his then Test captain to opposition players.

It has also been reported that current Test captain Alastair Cook, who faced heavy criticism in Pietersen???s recent autobiography, was also unwilling to welcome the 34-year-old backed into the England side.

???There have been so many issues over the years, so much erosion of trust,??? Strauss said. ???We get ourselves in a situation where – if he came back – the foundation would not be there.

“That is the result of things that have happened in the past. It’s absolutely irrelevant going back to what happened, why it happened and who’s responsible.

“But I think we’ve got to address the reality, and that is that there isn’t trust there. That’s pretty obvious for everyone to see and that’s why we’ve made the call that he’s not part of our plans for this summer.

???This decision hasn’t been made to make us popular. What we’ve tried to do is create clarity and give space for English cricket to move forward.

“We understand it is probably going to be unpopular in some places to some degree.???

Despite England???s chances of winning the Ashes appearing to be slim, Strauss insists England have a good chance of beating the visiting Australians this summer.

“It’s really, really important,??? Strauss said of the forthcoming series.

???There’s been a lot of people saying we haven’t got any chance of winning this Ashes series. I don’t believe that for one moment.

“I saw how our team played against a good Indian side last summer, and beat them comfortably. We all know about home advantage, and if our players play to their capabilities we’re a match for any side in the world.

“So I’m not holding my hands up and saying we’re going to lose this Ashes series. I don’t see that happening. I think we’ve got a good chance of winning.”

Strauss also believes England may need to re-examine their international commitments so that more English players are able to take part in competitions such as the Indian Premier League.

“In an ideal situation, our players won’t be missing any cricket but will still have the opportunity to play in the IPL,” he said.

“We’ve got to be prepared to think radically about one-day cricket. We’ve always done things a certain way and always finished pretty low down the table in the World Cup.

“We’ve got to think ‘what can we do to make things different?’ ??? and participation in big Twenty20 tournaments has got to be a part of that, I’m sure of it.

“We’ve got to look at the international calendar, and work out ways and times when our players are available to play at some of these tournaments.”