Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Broad Still Believes KP and Strauss Can Forgive and Forget

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Broad Still Believes KP and Strauss Can Forgive and Forget

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STUART Broad suggests a convivial tete-a-tete may help his old captain Andrew Strauss and former teammate Kevin Pietersen settle their differences.

Broad insists there is no relevance for the current England team in Strauss' description of Pietersen as "an absolute c***" when he thought he was off-mic during television commentary.

Pietersen and Strauss famously did not always see eye to eye as captain and senior batsman - but, in a present and future without either in the England team, Broad has the freedom to advise they simply have a polite and private rapprochement over a glass of wine.

He anticipates the overture is most likely to come from Strauss (inset right).

"They live pretty near to each other," Broad said on BBC Radio 5 Live. "I'm sure Straussy will have KP round for a glass of white or red and discuss what's happened."

Pietersen and Strauss fell out in 2012 after the former admitted sending "provocative" text messages about his captain to members of the touring South African team.

Pietersen spent several months outside the England team before being 'rehabilitated' in time to return the following winter under new captain Alastair Cook, Strauss having retired in the meantime.

It was in his role as a pundit that Strauss inadvertently broadcast the obscenity on Saturday when he thought he was having a private conversation while he and a colleague were off air during the MCC's televised fixture against the Rest of the World to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lord's.

Pressed as to the probability of a clear-the-air chat, chez Strauss, Broad predicted the offer would be made - but appears less sure it will be taken up. "I'm sure the invite will go out ..." he said.

As for the impact on England, as they prepare for the first Investec Test against India in Nottingham, Broad added: "Two ex-England cricketers having a bit of an issue is not something that is relevant to the England changing room. …

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