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Strauss caught out with rude comment about Pietersen

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Strauss was heard on TV using offensive language about former team-mate Pietersen © Getty Images
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Sky Sports have been forced to apologise after former England captain Andrew Strauss was overhead making derogatory remarks about Kevin Pietersen whilst on air.

Strauss was commentating on the MCC's bicentenary exhibition match against a Rest of the World XI at Lord's, which Pietersen was involved in, and his comments were picked up by a microphone during a break in play.

The broadcast had gone to an advertisement break in the UK but that was not the case in Australia, where Strauss's use of the c-word was clearly heard.

Strauss later apologised. "I apologise unreservedly, particularly to Kevin Pietersen. I am mortified and profusely sorry." Sky Sports also issued this tweet:

Pietersen was suspended for one Test in 2012 after sending derogatory text messages about Strauss, his captain at the time, to members of the South African team that England were facing. Strauss retired from cricket in light of the controversy, though insisted it was not the reason for his decision.

Pietersen apologised for the messages, which Strauss accepted. "What makes people like KP special as cricketers is they are different," said Strauss at the time. "Nine-tenths of my time as England captain I found him a good guy to have in my team."

In the match itself, Pietersen scored just 10 on Saturday before being dismissed by Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal.

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