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Kevin Pietersen admits Andrew Strauss was right not to select him for Ashes series

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Kevin Pietersen has come out and said that England director of cricket, Andrew Strauss, made the "right decision" when he didn't include him in the squad to battle for the Ashes this summer.

England winning the Urn back from the Aussies after such a crushing defeat down under proved to Pietersen that Strauss had been right all along.

The 35-year-old had reacted fiercely in May when he was told he would not be in the team and said he was "angry and hurt". Strauss' reasons for leaving the experienced batsman out was because "trust had been eroded" between the player and the ECB.

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It was a decision that split opinions between fans and pundits. Pietersen was considered England's best batsman for many years and became the country's leading runs scorer across all formats during his time on the international scene.

Many believed it made England weaker going into such a big Test series and that efforts should have been made by Strauss and the ECB to patch things up for the good of the team.

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Strauss took the opposite stance and speaking to the BBC, Pietersen now agrees with him, "He made his decision and it turned out absolutely fine. Seems to be the right decision."

"At the time I would have said it was ridiculous and nonsense, but England won the Ashes. I don't draw back to a meeting in May and think "goodness how things could have been different."

Pietersen will now see out his cricketing career as a specialist Twenty/20 batsman. He is due to play in the South Africa for Durban in December before playing in the inaugural T20 Pakistan Super League to be held in Qatar in February. 

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