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In this first extract from his autobiography, Driving Ambition, Andrew Strauss looks back at last year’s ‘textgate’ saga.

It’s no secret that the recent success of England has been built on the solid foundations of effective man-management and team discipline. We select players who slot effortlessly into that team ethos, so that we form an impenetrable wall that allows in nothing that could disrupt our preparation and allows out nothing that the press could find remotely interesting.

I’d been aware for some time that KP was struggling with the demands of not being newsworthy but I was still unprepared when allegations were made that he had sent defamatory text messages about me to members of the South African team.

I felt shocked and betrayed by the content of one of the texts in particular.

ENG SHOULD DECLARE & SET UP GAME TO ENTERTAIN CROWD. YOLO!

It was only then that I realised how isolated Kevin had become. How out of step he was with the ethos of Team England. Entertain the crowd? Who did he think we were, the Harlem Globetrotters?

In our next extract from Driving Ambition: Chapter 12 – Educating Yorkshire, The England captain’s failed attempt to school Tim Bresnan in Received Pronunciation.

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