England focused only on retaining No 1 status in Tests, says Alastair Cook

England opener Alastair Cook feels the Kevin Pietersen saga will be resolved by the England & Wales Cricket Board Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 13, 2012

England s opening batsman Alastair Cook remained tight-lipped when faced with questions regarding Kevin Pietersen s future following the latter’s omission from the squad for the third Test against South Africa.

Pietersen earlier admitted that the third Test against Proteas could be his last one but refused to divulge any reason before the conclusion of the final Test.

However, the controversial batsman was dropped by the England’s selectors on Sunday.

England‘s selectors made their decision to axe Pietersen following reports he sent text messages to several South Africa players during the second Test at Headingley that were believed to contain derogatory comments about English captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower.

Cook was quoted by London Evening Standard as saying, “Whatever happens is not for me to comment on. It s down to the board. We as an England side are trying to concentrate on our cricket.

“What happens in our dressing room stays in our dressing room. Look, we have a very important game we need to win to try and stay No1.”

Pietersen is already retired from the limited overs international cricket.