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England Have Put Pietersen Row Behind Them - Cook

Published: 14th November 2014 11:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th November 2014 11:24 PM   |  A+A-

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LONDON: England captain Alastair Cook insisted Friday the controversy over Kevin Pietersen's autobiography was well and truly in the past for his side ahead of their one-day international series in Sri Lanka.

England fly out on Sunday for a seven-match series designed as part of their preparations for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

They do so with the furore over star batsman Pietersen's book having just about died down since it was launched in a blaze of publicity last month.

South Africa-born Pietersen, ditched by England earlier this year following the 5-0 Ashes series loss in Australia, blasted former coach Andy Flower and several current players, saying a "bullying culture" had been created in the dressing room.

But Cook, speaking to reporters at Lord's on Friday, was adamant England's one-day squad had not been disturbed by all the sound and fury happening around them.

"We've had a couple of weeks together and we haven't felt the need to talk about it at all," Cook said.

"It's all happened now, it's all out now from his (Pietersen's) side and as players we've left it, there's nothing more that can really come out.

"We just want to build and move forward as a side and as a captain, that's a good place to be."

England have lost five of their last six one-day international series and last week retired India great Sachin Tendulkar wrote off their chances of winning the World Cup -- something England have not done in nearly 40 years' of trying.

Indeed England, on home soil, were comfortably beaten by reigning World Cup champions India during their last ODI series, with former skipper Michael Vaughan and retired off-spinner Graeme Swann, who played alongside Cook, both calling for the Essex left-hander to step down as one-day captain of the national side.



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