Strauss avoids IPL argument
Former England captain Andrew Strauss has refused to be drawn into an argument with Piers Morgan or Kevin Pietersen over the Indian Premier League.
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Strauss, who clashed with Pietersen when in charge of the team over issues including the latter's desire to play in the IPL, wrote in his autobiography Driving Ambition that England "run the risk of slipping behind other teams in both ODI and Twenty20 cricket if our players don't participate".
Morgan, the former tabloid newspaper editor turned television personality, wrote on Twitter: "The cheek of Andrew Strauss (part 2) - made all that fuss re @KP24 & IPL, and now he's not captain, says this."
Though Pietersen did not comment directly, he was among 32 people to retweet the message.
Strauss told BBC Radio Five Live: "Piers Morgan's got some very strong opinions on the game of cricket, hasn't he?
"The point I was trying to make is I think there should be a window for the IPL, I think the ECB should look to create that.
"But until there is a window, there's no way. It creates a horrendous precedent if someone misses a Test match to play in the IPL.
"Kevin's doing his own thing, he's got his own issues and his own thoughts, and I'm sure one day he'll write a book and he'll have his own point of view on everything that happened last summer, and that's fine.
"Do I really want to enter a war of words with Piers Morgan or Kevin Pietersen? No. Life's too short, let's move on.
"The Ashes series is coming up and hopefully England can win in Australia again and hopefully we'll be talking about the death of Australian cricket rather than anything Kevin Pietersen did."
Strauss backed England to pile on more misery for Australia in this winter's return Ashes series, having won under his captaincy on their last trip Down Under in 2010-11 and then won this summer's home series 3-0.
"The greatest moment in my career was lifting the Ashes urn in Sydney," he said.
"It was a bit of a Holy Grail for English cricket, to win in Australia, we hadn't done it for 24 years and to step on that rostrum and see a lot of Australians not very happy with life was a pretty good thing.
"I think England have got a great chance. Australia maybe aren't quite the side they used to be but England are strong, I think England have got a really good feeder system coming through.
"There's no reason why England can't be a real power in international cricket for a long time to come."
This winter's series will take place with a revised version of the decision review system (DRS), with the Hot Spot thermal imaging technology not in use having been at the centre of numerous controversies this summer.
Strauss backed that decision, taken by host broadcaster Channel Nine, but remains in favour of DRS as a whole.
"I agree with it because Hot Spot's not 100 per cent conclusive," he said. "If you're going to use technology, you want to make sure that it's giving you a definitive answer one way or the other.
"Hot Spot just creates confusion. Sometimes it shows up, sometimes it doesn't, so no one really trusts it at the moment.
"They've got to work out other ways to judge whether someone's edged the ball or not. There are other technologies out there but they're probably not ready to be brought into the DRS quite yet.
"I think DRS has been a good addition to the game, it seemed quite archaic that thousands of spectators could see that a decision was clearly wrong but the batsman still had to trudge back to the dressing room having been given out wrongly.
"I think DRS technology works, I think we get more decisions right as a result, but I don't think they've got it exactly right at the moment.
"Some of the technology doesn't work all the time, which creates confusion, and also the way it's administered could be clearer. They've got more work to do with it but the principle is exactly right."