Hussain: England and Pietersen need to kiss and make up

12:07 18 September 2012

Kevin Pietersen. Photo credit: Anthony Devlin/PA wire

Kevin Pietersen. Photo credit: Anthony Devlin/PA wire

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Former England captain Nasser Hussain has urged the England team and Kevin Pietersen to “kiss and make up” after the batsman was left out of the Test squad for their upcoming series in India.

The 32-year-old was dropped last month after admitting sending “provocative” texts to South African players during the series between the two.

Hussain feels England will be weakened by Pietersen’s absence but can understand their reasoning if the player is not fully behind new captain Alastair Cook and team manager Andy Flower.

“Any issues, get them out in the open sort it out and move on,” he told Sky Sports News.

“Whenever he comes back, maybe the sooner the better, the team have got to tell Kevin what their problems are with him and Kevin has to say what his problems are with the team. The sooner they kiss and make up the better.

“Kevin Pietersen has got to adhere what Cook and Flower want. We are talking about good men.

“What they are doing is what they think is right for English cricket and if they think it’s best Kevin stays on the sideline I agree with them.

“Kevin Pietersen needs England, no doubt about that. There are signs they made up, but maybe it is a little bit too soon.

“It’s a shame because any time you tour India you want the best cricketers and best players of spin.

“Pietersen fits both categories. India will be a lot happier with Kevin Pietersen not going out there, but most of the making of this has come from Pietersen, who has made some horrendous errors.”

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