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Pietersen asks to leave troubled tour

ENGLAND captain Andrew Strauss confirmed that batsman Kevin Pietersen was denied permission to leave the team's troubled tour to West Indies to visit home.

Pietersen, who was stripped of the captaincy in January over a falling out with former coach Peter Moores, had asked a month ago to take a 48-hour break between the drawn third and fourth tests. "The permission wasn't granted because we're on a cricket tour and it sets a bad precedent if people can go home during cricket tours," Strauss said on Sunday. "He understood that fully and it wasn't an issue by any means and he just got on with it."


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