England cricket burns ahead of Ashes Series with Aussies

Kevin Pietersen insists he did "nothing wrong" in the events which led to his quitting as England captain and the sacking of coach Peter Moores.

Kevin Pietersen insists he did "nothing wrong" in the events which led to his quitting as England captain and the sacking of coach Peter Moores.

Speaking after losing his job, Pietersen says he wants to captain England again.

"I risked it all because I thought it was my duty as England captain to say that things were not right," he said in his News of the World column.

"[But] I feel I've got unfinished business as captain of England."

England and Wales Cricket Board vice chairman Dennis Amiss said the board was put in an impossible situation and had no choice but to sack Moores and accept Pietersen's resignation.

He told BBC 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "Once the information was in the public domain that Kevin Pietersen didn't want Peter Moores as his coach, it was always going to be impossible to resolve the matter amicably."

The board quickly appointed Andrew Strauss as new captain.

Amiss said Pietersen's ultimatum had made the situation but he refused to criticise him.

He added Pietersen was a "marvellous, exciting" player whose future commitment was strongly welcomed.

Pietersen said: "What hurt me was the character assassination that has been totally unfounded.

"And that is the reason why I want to get my story across so that people can understand that I have done absolutely nothing wrong."

"I feel it is right for me to go back and just play - to do something that I totally, totally love and which is scoring runs and more runs for England," he said. - BBC

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