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‘Onus on Andy’

London: Former England captain Andrew Strauss feels that team director Andy Flower “genuinely has to want to bridge the gap” with comeback man Kevin Pietersen or else there will be some challenges for the English side.

“For it (relation with KP) to work out long term, everyone’s genuinely got to want it to work out. Kevin has to want to be part of the team for a long time and the players need to move on from what happened at Headingley and various other things.

“Even the likes of Andy Flower genuinely has to want to bridge the gap and move forward,” Strauss was quoted as saying.

“If that is everyone’s attitude, then it can work. If it isn’t, then I think there are going to be challenges.”

About the issue of mutual respect among players, Strauss stated, “The question of actually liking each other is not an issue. It’s about respect. Not everyone’s going to be best mates. In a dressing-room environment, especially when you’re away from home so much, it becomes your second family.”

The former captain who had led his country in 50 Tests feels that dysfunctional dressing rooms can be an impediment to success. (Agencies)