London: Andrew Strauss, the former England captain has opened up about the Kevin Pietersen saga that cast its shadow over England's miserable summer in which they relinquished their World No. 1 ranking in Test cricket to South Africa.
Strauss stepped down as captain and handed over the reins to Alastair Cook as England got ready to embark on a four-Test series in India that will begin in November. Pietersen, who was originally left out, was later added to the squad that will land in India on October 28. Strauss, who was at the centre of the entire Pietersen text saga, believed the team would not find it tough to get on with the task at hand.
"Maybe it actually makes it easier for the team that I'm not there because some of it was directed to me. It would have been harder if I'd stayed," Strauss said in a freewheeling interview to The Guardian newspaper. He also emphasized that the reason for announcing his retirement wasn't connected to the Pietersen controversy, but due to lack of form. "I had noticed signs that my batting was going backwards," he conceded. "I was starting to feel a bit old and that's not a good place to be as a professional athlete. I first felt it 12 months ago. I didn't have a great summer in 2011 and then over the winter I didn't play particularly well. I had a bit of a resurgence against West Indies but I felt like I was swimming against the tide.