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Pietersen texts were banter: SA manager

Associated Press
Aug 13, 2012 at 08:38pm IST

London: South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee has denied that Kevin Pietersen sent derogatory text messages about members of the England team to South Africa players.

The batsman was dropped from England's squad to face South Africa in a must-win Test match at Lord's beginning from Thursday amid allegations that he sent texts criticizing his England team-mates to some of the tourists.

Moosajee says on Monday that "text messages were sent but like we said before it was banter among team-mates, which is perfectly acceptable" and that "the ECB has not made a formal approach to myself or any member of the team to see the text messages."

Pietersen texts were banter, says SA manager

Mohammed Moosajee has denied that Pietersen sent derogatory text messages about members of the England team to South Africa players.

Pietersen scored 149 runs in the drawn second test against South Africa at Headingley earlier this month, but misses out after failing to confirm or deny that the text messages existed.

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