It might be April today, but the row over England's miserable winter and the decision to axe batsman Kevin Pietersen shows no sign of moving on.
Pietersen was effectively told his international career was over in February.
Since then, England have stumbled along in limited-overs cricket, culminating in a humiliating loss to the Netherlands as England exited the World Twenty20 on Monday.
Speaking for the first time to the media, Cook said that, while he could not explain the decision to axe KP at present, it was the right decision. In quotes picked up by BBC Sport, among others, he said the decision "took a lot of guts":
We all know how important team culture and team unity is. It was obviously a very big and important decision. I know things will become clearer in a little bit of time. I know it is frustrating. It is frustrating for me because I have not totally been able to tell my side of the story. People just have to be a little bit patient.
But Pietersen's wife was not shy in her assessment of Cook's words:
Wow. Guts? Really? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaLibertyX) April 1, 2014
There's no doubt that both sides have a story to tell. But until that story is told, it seems farcical to think the team can move on, particularly with no full-time coach in place.
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