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Losing captaincy key to Ashes win: Pietersen

SYDNEY – England’s Kevin Pietersen believes the rebellion that led to him losing the captaincy two years ago had been vindicated by the Ashes triumph in Australia.
Pietersen said the captain-and-coach partnership of Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower that replaced Pietersen and Peter Moores in early 2009 had played a key role in producing that triumph.
“You know what? I have never said this before – I lost the captaincy, I got rid of the captaincy for the good of English cricket, and we would not be here today if I had not done what I did then,” Pietersen told British newspapers after the Melbourne victory. “There is no way in this world that we would have succeeded under that regime and would have won the Ashes again in Australia after 24 years.
“Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower need all the plaudits for an unbelievable 18 months and an unbelievable preparation for this team, and they are the right leadership for this team.” Pietersen paid tribute to Strauss’s selflessness, which he said made him an ideal captain. Pietersen slammed Moores in a report to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after a tour of India in late 2008 and the ECB reacted by sacking both captain and coach in early 2009, offering the skipper’s job to Strauss.
Pietersen was England’s best batsmen on the 2006-07 tour of Australia but still shared the ignominy of the 5-0 whitewash – a bitter experience that made this year’s triumph all the sweeter.

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