England overcome own dressing room divide

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Last updated 08:48 18/07/2013

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Australia aren't the only team competing for the Ashes that's had to overcome a divided dressing room.

England captain Alastair Cook admits maintaining unity is an ongoing process for his side.

Last year England were shell shocked by revelations star batsman Kevin Pietersen had been sending damning texts about teammates and coach Andy Flower to South African teammates.

Pietersen was banished from the side, before eventually being welcomed back.

Although relationships were clearly strained, the ECB has worked hard to reintegrate Pietersen to the side, and England say they had no issue with their biggest name taking part in the Ashes.

When compared to Pietersen's career of controversy, problems between Australian captain Michael Clarke and Shane Watson appear minor.

"I can only speak about what happened in our dressing room and clearly last summer we had a bad experience," Cook said.

"It shows how hard you've got to work at your team because a fully united team does help your cricket and we constantly have to work at it."

England's experience is evidence that players are always going to have differences with each other in a team environment - but that it's still possible to unite on the field for success.

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