london – Alastair Cook hopes the passage of time will eventually allow him to heal his crack with Kevin Pietersen even though they have not spoken since the flamboyant hitter was dramatically knocked down by England four years ago.
Cook, who will retire from England after his appearance in test 161 against India in The Oval from Friday, admitted that the consequences had a negative impact on his own form.  Pietersen, who scored more than 8,000 races, including 23 hundreds, was responsible for some notable innings with his first one-hundred race, at The Oval in 2005, securing a long-awaited victory for the Ashes series over Australia.
But there was a feeling the pitcher born in South Africa was always just a poor series to be dropped forever after several high profile fights with his teammates, coaches and England officials.
That eventually came after England’s miserable 5-0 as their series of defeats in Australia in 2013/14, with Pietersen handling only 294 runs at an average of 29.40 – although he was not the only one to endure a miserable series.
Like the then captain of England, Cook found himself carrying the can for a decision that, although he supported it, was taken by senior officials of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
And a year later he was still the captain when the ECB director Andrew Strauss – himself a former captain of England who suffered friction with Pietersen finally decided that there was no international future for & # 39; KP & # 39;.
But Cook said on Thursday that his initial preference had been a six-month cooling off period before the decision was finally made to send Pietersen into permanent exile in England.
Now he hopes that the fact that he is also about to become a former England player will lead to a reconciliation with Pietersen, even though the couple has not had contact since 2014.
“I have not spoken with him from that day, but I think time is a great healer, “Cook told BBC Radio’s Test Match Special.
“We spent a lot of time together and created some amazing memories,” added the 33-year-old starter, the all-time leading scorer in the England test. 19659002] “The fact is that we never fell in. Since then, the Internet has fallen out of favor for us.”
Cook said that the ECB had had problems with a situation that, he believed, had left him unfairly exposed.
“At first I got involved in the decision, but the captain of England did not” I have the final word on hiring and firing, “he said.
” I agreed, but I said: & # 39; why do not we give him some free time, can we leave and maybe KP can come back? later? & # 39;
“(the predecessor of Strauss) Paul Downton wanted clarity, a clean break, because people always wonder when he will return (Pietersen).
” The consequences were quite unpleasant and I did not. ” I think the ECB handled it well or appreciated how social networks worked very well back then.
“It was the most difficult moment of my career, and there is no doubt that it affected my hitting.”
Reflecting on the Messy saga, Cook said: “I would refute anyone who said that I was the one who threw him down the stairs, but I participated in the decision and I thought he was right. weather.
“Looking back, I can safely say that all the decisions I made were made for the best of the England cricket team at that time.
” In that, there were many other people, very much above my head , also involved in it.
“I felt they left me alone as a captain”