9 Jan 2009

Strauss confident Pietersen will come to the party

6:00 pm on 9 January 2009

The new England cricket captain Andrew Strauss believes he has the full backing of Kevin Pietersen despite the circumstances in which he gave up the job.

Pietersen quit the post on Wednesday after offering the England and Wales Cricket Board an ultimatum to sack the coach Peter Moores or he would walk.

Moores did get the sack but Pietersen lost his post as well.

Strauss says he'll need to work on dressing room unity but doesn't expect Pietersen to offer any problems.