Kevin Pietersen axing required guts, says England skipper Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook has said that it was a "brave decision to ditch" Kevin Pietersen despite his remarkable international career. He says it was one which took "guts and consideration".

updated: April 02, 2014 11:57 IST
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London: England captain Alastair Cook has given his backing for the "brave call" to end the international career of Kevin Pietersen.

Despite being England's leading run scorer across all formats, South Africa-born batsman Pietersen was axed by the England and Wales Cricket Board in February following the team's 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia.

But exactly why he was sent into seemingly permanent international exile remains a mystery, with ECB statements citing a need for team "rebuilding" and "trust" raising more questions than answers.

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