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Strauss explains Pietersen 'advisory role' offer

England director of cricket Andrew Strauss believes it would be "madness" to lose Kevin Pietersen's knowledge of limited overs cricket - on the day he closed the door on the 34-year-old's ambitions of an international return.

Strauss began his role as director of England cricket today. Credit: PA

Former England captain Strauss, who was appointed on Saturday, has a long, chequered history with Pietersen, with a lack of trust between the batsman and the England and Wales Cricket Board resulting in his non-selection for England this summer.

Yet Strauss, when informing Pietersen of his decision on Monday night, invited the Surrey batsman to be part of the future.

Strauss said:

Kevin has got brilliant experience in one-day cricket, he's played Twenty20 competitions all around the world, he's got some very strong views on one-day cricket and I think it would be madness not to try to get that information out of his head and help us form a strategy for English cricket going forwards.

That's why I asked him to be on that board. Ultimately that may be an opportunity for us to start rebuilding trust. But as it stands right at the moment - for a number of reasons over a long period of time - there is not trust between Kevin Pietersen and people.

We know that, we can see it, it's all over the airwaves for a number of months and years. With that in mind, I don't believe any team can function in any sort of capacity if there's no trust, if we don't trust each other's intentions. That's why I've tried to clarify our position with Kevin Pietersen today.

– England director of cricket Andrew Strauss

Morgan claims Pietersen was offered 'advisory role'

Piers Morgan claims Kevin Pietersen was offered an "advisory role" at the ECB by Andrew Strauss, despite the new director claiming there are "massive trust issues" with him.

Morgan told his Twitter following:

"Strauss asked @KP24 last night if he'd consider an 'advisory role' with ECB.Same organisation that doesn't trust him enough to pick him

"I suggest journalists ask Strauss why he offered KP an 'advisory role' with ECB if they don't trust him."

Strauss: Trust with KP has eroded over the years

Andrew Strauss was officially unveiled at Lord's today. Credit: PA

Andrew Strauss stopped short of announcing 34-year-old Pietersen will never add to his 104 Test caps for his adopted country, but made clear that the working relationship between the two of them is central to the decision that has been made.

As Pietersen's Test captain in 2012, Strauss discovered the record-breaking batsman had sent "provocative" texts about him to opposition players from their native South Africa.

Strauss told Sky Sports News:

The first thing to say is now's the time for some really honest and open conversation about Kevin Pietersen.

No one has ever doubted Kevin Pietersen's ability as a player. He has been a phenomenal player for England over a long period of time.

His record stacks up to anyone in England cricket, and he should be very proud of that. But over months and years, the trust between himself and the ECB has eroded.

– Andrew Strauss speaking to Sky Sports News

Kevin Pietersen makes unbeaten 355 for Surrey

Kevin Pietersen made an unbeaten 355 for Surrey against Leicestershire at the Oval, with Surrey bowled out for 557.

Ironically, the England exile's heroics coincide with new director of cricket for England, Andrew Strauss, explaining why Pietersen does not form part of his future plans.


Strauss blames 'massive trust issue' for Pietersen snub

Strauss says there is a massive trust issue between himself and KP. Credit: PA

The England and Wales Cricket Board's new director of cricket Andrew Strauss has cited a "massive trust issue" as the reason for effectively ending Kevin Pietersen's international career.

Strauss played alongside Pietersen throughout his England career and ahead of being unveiled in his new role at Lord's today, confirmed that Pietersen does not form part of any future plans.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Strauss said:

"Over a period of months and years, the trust between himself and the ECB has eroded. There's a massive trust issue between Kevin and I."

Strauss expected to end Pietersen England hopes

Andrew Strauss is expected to confirm on Tuesday that he has blocked a Test return for England outcast Kevin Pietersen, just hours after the Surrey star smashed a career-best 326.

Strauss and Pietersen celebrate winning the Ashes in 2011. Credit: PA

The England and Wales Cricket Board's new director of cricket Strauss met Pietersen on Monday evening, and is reported to have told the 34-year-old he has not earned a Test reprieve after 15 months in exile.

Pietersen blasted a maiden triple century in Surrey's LV= County Championship clash with Leicester at The Oval on Monday, and then declared: "I think I deserve my England place."

New England boss Strauss will address the media for the first time at Lord's on Tuesday morning, where Pietersen will once again be the focus.

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