Andrew Strauss to play golf with Kevin Pietersen this week to try to repair relationship
ANDREW STRAUSS is playing golf with Kevin Pietersen later this week to try to repair their relationship.
England became the No1 Test team in the world in 2010 but the cost was Pietersen’s huge fall-out with colleagues.
In 2012, he sent messages to South African players criticising Strauss, who was captain at the time.
Pietersen then wrote a book in which he savaged players Matt Prior, Graeme Swann and Alastair Cook plus coach Andy Flower.
A film called The Edge, which plots the rise and fall of England during that period, will premiere in London this evening.
Although KP is not expected to attend, Strauss will see him later in the week.
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Strauss lost his wife Ruth to lung cancer last year. And he revealed: “My life experience over the last few years make me realise what’s important and what’s not.
“What happens in a team environment is incredibly pressurised. Things can get polarised as it is all played out in public.
“There were fall-outs at the end but for the vast majority of my time myself and Kevin got on great.
“I am very keen to rekindle my relationship with him. We are catching up over the next few days. I’m actually going to beat him at golf!”
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Strauss warned Eoin Morgan that England’s World Cup winners have to keep improving.
He added: “If for one moment you think you’ve cracked it, you’re already on the way down again.
“We won Ashes series and got to No1 in the world and thought that was the end in itself. But we went straight back down.”