• England

Broad offers remedy for Pietersen-Strauss spat

George Dobell
July 7, 2014
Andrew Strauss made the on-air gaff at Lord's © Getty Images

Stuart Broad has suggested that Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss should go for a quiet drink to resolve their differences.

Strauss reignited the ill-feeling between the pair when he was overheard calling Pietersen "an absolute c***" while commentating on MCC v Rest of the World for Sky Sports at Lord's on Saturday.

While Strauss thought he was off-air, the feed was still live in some territories and, thanks to social media, was soon heard around the world.

Ironically, Pietersen was alleged to have referred to Strauss in similar terms - albeit in Afrikaans - in messages exchanged with members of the South Africa team during the summer of 2012.

Strauss was captain of England's Test team at the time and, after the contents of the messages became public, Pietersen was dropped from the England team for the final Test of that summer and the subsequent World T20.

But while Broad dismissed the suggestion that the incident would distract the England team ahead of the Test series against India, he did express a hope that the pair - both former England captains - would resolve their differences.

"They live pretty near to each other," Broad told the BBC. "I'm sure Straussy will have KP round for a glass of white or red, and discuss what's happened. I'm sure the invite will go out.

"Two ex-England cricketers having a bit of an issue is not something that is relevant to the England changing room."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd