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Alastair Cook: 'There was no bullying culture'

Alastair Cook denies the remarks made by Kevin Pietersen in his autobiography that there was a bullying culture in the England dressing room.

England captain Alastair Cook has dismissed claims made by Kevin Pietersen in his autobiography that there was a bullying culture in the dressing room.

Pietersen revealed in his book that he was bullied by Matt Prior, while other members of the Three Lions team were accused of mocking the 34-year-old in a parody Twitter account.

Cook told BBC Sport: "International cricket is a tough place and, as a team, you're striving for excellence at all times.

"Certainly at some stages those frustrations boiled over more than they should have done, but that was only people who were desperate to succeed and wanting to know the other 10 blokes around them were committed 100% to it also.

"Did it overstep the mark a couple of times? Possibly, but we addressed those issues. That's what happens in teams, but it certainly wasn't a bullying environment as such."

Cook also believes that Pietersen's book has "tarnished" England's success under Andy Flower.

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England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
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