Andrew Strauss hopes Kevin Pietersen saga is over

He is due to return to England service in Thursday's second and final Twenty20 international against New Zealand at The Oval. While Strauss doesn't doubt Pietersen's talents he is in no doubt of the need of a settled dressing room, especially given the upheaval Australia have suffered lately, culminating in the sacking of coach Mickey Arthur just 16 days out from the Ashes.

updated: June 27, 2013 11:47 IST
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London: Andrew Strauss hopes England's Ashes campaign will not suffer any ongoing disruption from the extraordinary chain of events that saw star batsman Kevin Pietersen briefly dropped from the side last season.

Pietersen was axed from the England side when, after having made a brilliant hundred against his native South Africa at Headingley, it was alleged he has sent derogatory text messages, some said to be about then Test captain Strauss, to Proteas players.

Strauss retired from cricket after England's series loss to South Africa but insisted his decision had nothing to do with the Pietersen controversy.

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