Sacking Kevin Pietersen 'the correct thing to do,' insists England captain Alastair Cook

The batsman was dropped from all England squads

Alastair Cook has insisted that the decision to sack Kevin Pietersen was the correct one.

England’s Test and one-day captain said he still could not elaborate on the reasons why the national side had cut all ties with their star batsman after their disastrous tour of Australia this winter, citing ongoing legal agreements as the reason.

This, said Cook, was a cause of frustration for him, but he believed the reasoning was sound and that the truth would be revealed soon.

“There will be a time in the not too distant future when I can give you the whole side of my story but I hope you can bear with that a little longer,” the Essex batsman said, speaking at his county’s media day ahead of the new domestic season.

“Of course you think back and ask if it was the right decision given all that was going on but in my mind, and alongside the ECB, I know it is the right decision.

“It was a brave call and people have been talking as if it just happened overnight. The last thing we wanted to do was make Kevin a scapegoat for what happened in Australia. That is not what it was about at all. But at some time you have to say this is what we want going forward and that was the decision we made.

“For people to say it was a decision made on a toss of a coin is wrong and I think very disrespectful because a lot of effort went into getting him back in the side in the first place in 2012 and a lot of effort and thought went into the decision that has been made now.

“I understand the reasons why the ECB has decided to stay quiet but it’s frustrating. Things will become clear in a little time now. People just have to be patient.”

PA

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