Alastair Cook has given his captain’s seal of approval for England’s “brave call” to axe record runscorer Kevin Pietersen.
Cook, who was speaking for the first time since the England and Wales Cricket Board decided to call time on Pietersen’s international career, left little room for any residual doubt about his own role in the process.
He has no qualms at all, however, about the decision to omit Pietersen from England’s new era.
“It was a brave call which took guts and consideration,” said Cook.
“You do have to say at some point, ‘This is the way we’re going to do it moving forward.’”