Cook: England was right to axe Pietersen

Alastair Cook says England made the right decision to end Pietersen's international career.

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen. Picture:

LONDON - England made the right decision to end Kevin Pietersen's international career, the country's test captain Alastair Cook was quoted as saying by British media on Tuesday.

"Of course you think back and ask if it was the right decision given all that was going on, but in my mind, and alongside the ECB, I know it is the right decision."

Cook told the BBC the decision took "a lot of guts and consideration" and added that England's dressing room would be stronger without the controversial 33-year-old batsman.

"We all know how important team culture and team unity is. It was obviously a very big and important decision."

The South African-born Pietersen, England's all-time leading run-scorer in all formats of the game, was told of the decision by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on 4 February in the wake of the 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia.

Cook said he still could not go into detail on the reasons why England had cut their ties with Pietersen but he expected an explanation to be made public soon.

"I know things will become clearer in a little bit of time. I know it is frustrating-it is frustrating for me because I have not totally been able to tell my side of the story. People just have to be a little bit patient."