Pietersen England career brought to premature end
The England career of Kevin Pietersen came to an end last night, with the outspoken 33-year-old told by the ECB that he was no longer required following the recent ill-fated tour of Australia.
The South-African born player, who top-scored in the Ashes tour and has played over 100 Tests for his country, was pushed out ahead of the upcoming tour to the West Indies and next month’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh – a tournament he helped England win four years ago.
The decision comes at the end of a shattering winter for English cricket, which saw the Ashes meekly surrendered, Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann return home early and Andy Flower (above) quit as coach.
“Clearly, this was a tough decision,” England’s new managing director, Paul Downton, said. “Kevin has been an outstanding player, as the fact he is the country’s leading runscorer in international cricket demonstrates.”
Pietersen looked back on his career with fondness: “Although sad the incredible journey has come to an end, I’m hugely proud of what we have achieved over the past nine years.” MORE
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Kevin Pietersen was the leading scorer for England in the Ashes but it was clear he was unsettled. Sometimes, he was disciplined to the point of self-denial; others cavalier to the point of recklessness. MORE