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Strauss backs Pietersen return

Former England captain Andrew Strauss has backed Kevin Pietersen to return from injury in time for the Ashes series in July (00:00)

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 18, 2013

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Strauss backs Pietersen return

April 18, 2013

I would be very surprised if he [Kevin Pietersen] isn't [in the England team for the Ashes]. It sound like the injury has been a little bit more prolonged than perhaps they first thought. But he'll be desperate to play. Those Ashes series are the sort of things that bring out the best in Kevin Pietersen and England are obviously a far stronger side with someone of his quality in the side."

"I would be very surprised if he

"I think the evidence is pointing to the fact that they [Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif] were doing it [match-fixing]. They've had an opportunity to appeal that evidence and the punishment has got to fit the crime. If they have been guilty of it then they need to pay the price.

"I think its a really difficult thing to keep tabs on. I think the anti-corruption unit don't have enough powers in terms of checking people's phone records. They are not police people and so they've got quite a limited scope and they're relying on players coming forward which is always a difficult thing to do. So I think its a huge problem in cricket. Its just as huge of a problem in other sports as well and all I know is that it destroys the integrity of all sports. More needs to be done.


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