London: England skipper 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.
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”.
Test and one-day skipper Cook spoke publicly for the first time since Pietersen’s axing during his county Essex’s media day.
“It was a brave call which took guts and consideration,” said Cook.
“You do have to say at some point, ‘This is the way we’re going to do it moving forward’.
“We all know how important team culture and team unity is.”