It is no secret that relations between Pietersen and Cook hit rock bottom after the 2013-14 Ashes Series where England were humiliated 5-0 in Australia. Even though Pietersen was one of the better performers on the tour, the team management had complained of trust issues.
The Ashes Series Down Under was the last time Pietersen represented England and even though he was hoping for a return and kept performing in the various domestic fixtures around the world, Cook and ECB director Andrew Strauss made it clear enough that there was no place for the maverick in the English team.
No sooner did Cook announce his decision on Monday than Pietersen took to Twitter. His tweet read: “#BringBackKP”.
While Pietersen did start the campaign, it could be a mere jibe because the former England skipper prefers playing in the domestic T20 leagues nowadays and doesn’t really spend much time playing in the longer format.
First Published: February 7, 2017, 11:07 AM IST