Cricket: Sangakkara glad Sri Lanka do not have to face Pietersen in Test series
Published on Jun 9, 2014 6:47 PM
LONDON (AFP) - Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara has said the tourists are glad not to be facing the "amazing" Kevin Pietersen in a two-Test series against England starting at Lord's on Thursday.
Pietersen, England's all-time leading run-scorer across all formats, was dramatically axed from the national side following their 5-0 Ashes thrashing, even though he was the team's top-scorer in Australia.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have suggested that a "distracted" and "disinterested" Pietersen, an ex-England captain, was not conducive to dressing-room harmony.
But Sangakkara, himself a world-class batsman, said it took all types of characters to make a successful side.
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