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Broad offers remedy for KP-Strauss spat

George Dobell

July 7, 2014

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Andrew Strauss and Mike Atherton in the commentary box, MCC v Rest of the World XI, Lord's, July 5, 2014
Andrew Strauss made the on-air gaff at Lord's © Getty Images
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Stuart Broad has suggested that Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss should go for a quiet drink to resolve their differences.

Strauss reignited the ill-feeling between the pair when he was overheard calling Pietersen "an absolute c***" while commentating on MCC v Rest of the World for Sky Sports at Lord's on Saturday.

While Strauss thought he was off-air, the feed was still live in some territories and, thanks to social media, was soon heard around the world.

Ironically, Pietersen was alleged to have referred to Strauss in similar terms - albeit in Afrikaans - in messages exchanged with members of the South Africa team during the summer of 2012.

Strauss was captain of England's Test team at the time and, after the contents of the messages became public, Pietersen was dropped from the England team for the final Test of that summer and the subsequent World T20.

But while Broad dismissed the suggestion that the incident would distract the England team ahead of the Test series against India, he did express a hope that the pair - both former England captains - would resolve their differences.

"They live pretty near to each other," Broad told the BBC. "I'm sure Straussy will have KP round for a glass of white or red, and discuss what's happened. I'm sure the invite will go out.

"Two ex-England cricketers having a bit of an issue is not something that is relevant to the England changing room."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by eggyroe on (July 8, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

@ Chris Silva,if the truth was known Andrew Strauss was probably speaking for the majority of die hard England Supporters.Kevin Pietersen let himself down when he decided to text members of the playing opposition in 2012 about a Captain he was playing under at the time.He should never have been re-integrated in the England team irrespective of his ability,because loyalty to the Captain and the team must be paramount and that is my humble opinion.

Posted by   on (July 8, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

Broad should focus on his own game. He should not and has no business to get involved in Strauss/KP scenario. Strauss was out of order to behave in such a manner and hope he follows Dean Jones's destiny in broadcasting. There is no room for double standards.

Posted by Vilander on (July 8, 2014, 10:18 GMT)

KP is such an awesome cricketer, just in pure cricketing skills. The way he plays elite hostile fast bowling is unmatched probably only Ponting/Kallis/Sachin in their pomp could do what he does. Its a shame that he is not playing test anymore, he had one last push in him..sad. Strauss is probably an English hero but i have no respect for him, you can not politic against a good player when the interest of your country is on the line. Lost respect for Flower too.

Posted by Charlie101 on (July 8, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

I think there is a huge difference between the 2 incidents KP's was texted to the opposition during a series and the opposition were then able to use this to undermine the England team. As stated by ThirteenthMan Strauss just needs to apologise to the listeners and to his bosses.

No chance of a cosy glass of wine !!!

Posted by getsetgopk on (July 8, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

The East Enders is going great!!! Can't wait for the next episode, slow going these days but its worth following.

Posted by dunger.bob on (July 8, 2014, 0:15 GMT)

If Strauss and KP do ever get together for a couple of quiet ones and a little chat I'd pay big money to be a fly on the wall.

This sort of stuff is nothing new you know. Elite sports people tend to have elite ego's and they often clash with people in the same business. Bill O'Reilly couldn't stand Bradman and the feeling was mutual, or so I'm told. .. The big difference today is our highly connected and therefore stifling communications networks. TV, newspapers and others are now looking to social media for their information and muck raking. .. It's a terrible situation and a very good reason to be extremely careful with what you do and say on social media. .. It's a nasty, nasty place because everything you ever do is stored in a database somewhere and a matter of record for those with the will and ability to go mining for little nuggets. .. stay away from the social media kiddies. It'll be the undoing of you all.

Posted by   on (July 7, 2014, 21:50 GMT)

Broad makes a good point - two ex-England players having a spat is not that relevant.

Posted by   on (July 7, 2014, 20:15 GMT)

Its really sad as a cricket fan that a team loses an excellent player and an excellent player cannot do something that he is so good at. As an Indian, nothing can make me more ecstatic , because I remember the time before India lost in India, KP was in doubt & suddenly all pieces got fixed and KP played & we lost.

Posted by   on (July 7, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Good lad Broady !! Nice suggestion.

Posted by ThirteenthMan on (July 7, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

No need for Strauss to apologise to Pietersen, just to listeners who were offended.

I think we see confirmation Broad is not captain material....

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