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Kevin Pietersen's England career ended by ECB

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Kevin Pietersen reacts to sacking

Controversial South African-born and now former England batsman says he still has plenty to offer to cricket.

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The international career of one of cricket's most devastating batsmen is over, with Kevin Pietersen officially banished by England after his team's recent mauling in Australia.

I believe I have a great deal still to give as a cricketer. I will continue to play but deeply regret that it won't be for England. 

The long-rumoured fate of the 33-year-old was confirmed in London on Tuesday evening, with the England and Wales Cricket Board's announcement that its management and team selectors had "unanimously" agreed Pietersen should never again be selected for England.

Dumped:  Kevin Pietersen.

Dumped: Kevin Pietersen. Photo: Getty Images

Rebuilding was cited by the ECB's new managing director of cricket operations, Paul Downton, as the primary reason for the decision. He also alluded to the 33-year-old's apparent negative influence on the team by declaring it was the right time to "look to the future and start to rebuild not only the team but also team ethic and philosophy".

"England cricket owes a debt of gratitude to Kevin who has proved to be one of the most talented and exciting players to ever represent the country and his 13,797 runs are a testimony to his immense skill," Downton said in a statement.

"This decision brings some clarity now for the future of the England teams and we all wish Kevin the very best in the rest of his career."

2004. Never a shrinking violet. Pietersen joined English county side Nottinghamshire in 2011, scoring 1275 runs in his first season. Click for more photos

The Kevin Pietersen career

The tempestuous career of South African-born England batsman Kevin Pietersen never lacked controversy or drama. Photo: Getty Images

The immediate repercussion of the decision is that Pietersen, England's leading run-scorer in the just-passed Ashes series, will be ignored for both its looming one-day tour of the West Indies and the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh in March.

His exit follows that of head coach Andy Flower late last month. It had been speculated the two could not work together constructively and that Flower had wanted Pietersen gone. As of now they are both gone.

Pietersen was quoted in the ECB's announcement, that he was "obviously very sad" at the way his nine-year international career had ended but that he was proud to have "played at a time of great success for England".

"I want to thank everyone for their fantastic support and I wish the team the very best of success going forward," he said. "I believe I have a great deal still to give as a cricketer. I will continue to play but deeply regret that it won't be for England."

As a result of the decision Pietersen is expected to be a major drawcard at next Monday's Indian Premier League auction, as the ECB's decision allows him to available for the entire tournament.

The ECB's decision was immediately questioned by former England captain Michael Vaughan, on the basis it had made a major personnel decision before appointing a successor for Flower.

"I think the @ECB_cricket have to explain to everyone exactly what @KP24 [Pietersen] has done so we can all have clarity and reasoning," Vaughan tweeted. "I would have thought a new coach/director would want a full set of players to decide from himself..!!? IMO [In my opinion] that would have included @KP24."

South African-born Pietersen made a dramatic entry to Test cricket in mid-2005, cracking 473 runs at an average of 52.56 in England's historic Ashes victory against Australia.

The tall and powerful right-hander will finish his Test career in fourth place in its runs tally with 8181 at an average of 47.29, but given he had only played 104 Tests and was keen to continue he was on track to easily overtake leader Graham Gooch, who boasts 8900 runs at an average of 42.58 from his 118 Tests.

KEVIN PIETERSEN’S INTERNATIONAL CAREER FOR ENGLAND:

TESTS

Matches - 104

Batting

Runs - 8181

High score - 227 (v Australia 2010)

Average - 47.28

100s - 23

50s - 35

Bowling

Overs - 218.5

Wickets - 10

Best figures - 3-52

Average - 88.6  

ONE-DAY INTERNATIONALS

Matches - 136

Batting

Runs - 4440

High score - 130 (v Pakistan 2012)

Average - 40.73

100s - Nine

50s - 25

Bowling

Overs - 66.6

Wickets - Seven

Best figures - 2-22

Average - 52.85  

TWENTY20 INTERNATIONALS

Matches - 37

Batting

Runs - 1176

High score - 79 (v Zimbabwe 2007)

Average - 37.93

100s - None

50s - Seven

Bowling

Overs - 5

Wickets - One

Best figures - 1-27

Average - 53

132 comments

  • As much as I loathe the Poms, this decision is ridiculous on so many counts. I still think he had a lot to offer at least until the world cup and deserved a better exit than this. And does England even have any players to replace him? Surely not Jonny Bairstow.

    Commenter
    JP
    Date and time
    February 05, 2014, 6:43AM
    • Why do you loathe us without Britain Australia would not exist Oz lived under the British power umbrella for a hundred and fifty years the the now the Americans do the job, but history proves that nations rise and fall and Australia is surrounded by non western un democratic nations that do not share our values.

      Commenter
      Kenny
      Location
      Essex UK.
      Date and time
      February 05, 2014, 7:38AM
    • @Kenny, What relevance does Britain's settlement in Australia have anything to do with KP being sacked? Are you sure you are commenting on the right article?

      Commenter
      Paul
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      February 05, 2014, 8:05AM
    • Kenny - Britain is not loathed by all Aussies, far from it. Just by the ones who have some sort of a complex. It always amazes me that after beating England for so long in the cricket that any loathing still exists and that it hasn't been replaced by something bordering on sympathy, but it can be there, just underneath the surface of a cultural cringe.

      Commenter
      Steph
      Date and time
      February 05, 2014, 8:10AM
    • Kenny, "Oz lived under the British power umbrella for a hundred and fifty years" That statement is an example of one reason why we do not like poms. England did nothing to defend Australia. In fact it was quite the reverse, thousands of Australians died defending England in two world wars. When Australia was threatened by the Japanese Churchill refused to release Australian troops from Africa to return to Australia to help defend their home. If not for Curtin's determination Australia would not have had the forces available to fight at Kokoda.

      Commenter
      Peter Stanton
      Date and time
      February 05, 2014, 8:27AM
    • @ Kenny,

      congratulations on the over-reaction of the day.

      Commenter
      blu
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      February 05, 2014, 8:28AM
    • Is it our sophistication or superiorness you loathe. We are generally all jolly lovely you know ! As for KP he's had a jolly fine run out and motivation was pretty low this last series . He is a tad bored with it all as were some if the other guys after so much success!

      Commenter
      Bonzo
      Date and time
      February 05, 2014, 8:32AM
    • Kenny- The loathing comes from the agro supporters and not all Australian cricket fans.I think the main cause is that the sports headlines here are continually filled with English news and affairs (good or bad) and the agro supporters " loath it" because England is still in their face day in day out.

      Commenter
      Den3ng
      Date and time
      February 05, 2014, 8:35AM
    • JP.. I think "loath" a poor choice of word for an otherwise spot on comment. As an Australian, I have a great deal of respect for the British and I don't think we should tar and feather a whole country because of a few idiots. We have our fair share of boofheads over here, as well.

      Commenter
      Peter S
      Location
      Cassilis
      Date and time
      February 05, 2014, 8:37AM
    • @ Bonzo,

      "superiorness"?

      You are quite amusing, aren't you?

      Commenter
      blu
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      February 05, 2014, 8:50AM

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