Cook must have backing of all players say ECB

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Kevin Pietersen was axed from the England team due to the need for “everyone (to be) able to trust each other” and in support of captain Alastair Cook, the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed.

Pietersen confirmed his England career was over on Tuesday after it was announced he would not be in the squads for the tour of the Caribbean and World Twenty20.

The ECB has made only the most careful public comment about the reasons for the decision. Former England captains Ian Botham and Michael Vaughan were among those calling for England’s hierarchy to be more transparent over Pietersen’s exit.

In a statement issued jointly by the ECB and the Professional Cricketers’ Association read: “The England team needs to rebuild after the whitewash in Australia. To do that we must invest in our captain Alastair Cook and we must support him in creating a culture in which we can be confident he will have the full support of all players, with everyone pulling in the same direction and able to trust each other.=”