England batsman Eoin Morgan has emphasised the importance of unity in international cricket as question marks remain over Kevin Pietersen's future.

The England and Wales Cricket Board are keen to remain tight-lipped about their planned discussions with Pietersen, who was dropped from the Test squad earlier this month due to what team director Andy Flower described as issues of "trust and mutual respect".

But that has not stopped a steady stream of reports about the nature of the stand-off between the parties surfacing, from the admission of "provocative" text messages between Pietersen and South Africa players to suggestions of behind-the-scenes rows at the Headingley Test.

Morgan is not currently involved in the longer format but is one of a handful of one-day specialists drafted in for the NatWest Series against South Africa.

Speaking ahead of the second ODI, which takes place at the Ageas Bowl tomorrow, the Dubliner said: "I think Kevin is a world-class cricketer and any team around the world would want him in their side, but there are issues surrounding him at the moment and it will take time to resolve them.

"Personally I didn't find him difficult but I've not been around the Test team a lot.

"Obviously the quicker that happens the better.

"I think that it is hugely important because the amount of time we spend together is huge. We spend more time together than with our families, particularly on tour.

"It is a huge factor and it has been for the last number of years - successful years we've had as the England cricket team."