Sydney: Captain Andrew Strauss has described Kevin Pietersen as England’s ‘most talented batsman’ and criticised former Australian team coach John Buchanan for calling him a “major problem”.
“Kevin Pietersen has never been a problem for the England cricket team. He is our most talented batsman, and in the past a big game player, so I’d play him Down Under,” The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Strauss, as saying.
Earlier, Buchanan said Pietersen, “has the potential to be fragmentary and an individualist” and could be a “major problem”.
Strauss retorted that Buchanan was way off the mark in making the statement.
“We all know what sort of character he is, we know these sort of big Ashes series tend to bring out the best in him, and to me, that’s very encouraging. He’s been out of form - that happens to all of us - and anyone who’s played international cricket for any length of time knows it only takes one innings to get yourself back in form,” he added.
He further called Pietersen a class act and hoped that he would perform well.