Pietersen saga should be quashed to avoid spread of bad feeling: Morgan

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 07:20 hrs

England batsman Eoin Morgan, who is part of the ODI squad, has said that distractions like the Kevin Pietersen saga should be quashed quickly to avoid bad feeling spreading through the team.

Pietersen has been sent into exile by England after he angered captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower by sending text messages containing criticism of the duo to South Africa players.

The 32-year-old is also reported to have made England debutant James Taylor feel unwelcome when he joined up with the squad, prompting an unnamed senior player to become embroiled in a row with Pietersen.

The England and Wales Cricket Board remain tight-lipped about the prospect of Pietersen returning to the fold any time soon, Sport24 reports.

Morgan said: "I think Kevin is a world-class cricketer and any team around the world would want him in their side, but there are issues surrounding him at the moment and it will take time to resolve them. Personally I didn't find him difficult but I've not been around the Test team a lot.

"I think that it is hugely important (to get the situation resolved) because the amount of time we spend together is huge. We spend more time together than with our families, particularly on tour.

"It is a huge factor and it has been for the all the successful years we've had as the England cricket team."

Morgan has been impressed by England's strength in depth since Pietersen's exit.

"I think we've played fantastic cricket. The guys who have come in and replaced him have done particularly well. Whoever has stepped up has done really, really well. That's been important to the winning run we've had, particularly against a top side like Australia." (ANI)

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