Former England Captain Andrew Strauss feels that comments made by Kevin Pietersen in his autobiography have tarnished the success of England team during his era as captain. 

During Strauss’s tenure as captain, England won the Ashes two times in 2009 and 2010, whitewashed India 4-0 in the home Test series in 2011 and became the number one ranked Test side in the world. His other successes as a captain included a semi-final spot for England in Champions Trophy 2009 and a good performance in the drawn Test series in and against South Africa in 2009. 

However, Strauss has admitted that he is hurt by Kevin Pietersen’s remarks, and believes that the shine has been taken off England’s above achievements during the era. 

During an interview with Daily Mail, Strauss said:

The fact that there was so much negative comment from Kevin about such a successful period for English cricket was hurtful for all of us that had been part of it. 

“That is why the pride feels diminished. We all worked incredibly hard to achieve something special and it doesn’t seem so special anymore.

“I still have great memories of that time as does everyone involved, hopefully including Kevin, but the problem comes when there is so much emotion over things.


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