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In a long interview with Donald McRae in the Guardian, Andrew Strauss talks about how emotional a day it was when he decided to retire, how surprised he was at the breakdown in relations with Pietersen and his plans for future.
Strauss says that he and Pietersen have since met - and he acknowledges that some of England's players have not been blameless in the breakdown of relationships with their star batsman. "I don't think anyone got to the bottom of the text messaging saga. But Kevin has since come up to me and apologised for it and I respect that. He seemed contrite and I think he was sincere. Looking back I think it was wrong some of our players were following that [spoof KP Genius] Twitter account. But I still don't think it's a justification for what Kevin did."
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