Axed England star Kevin Pietersen ‘incredibly overwhelmed’ by support
Kevin Pietersen says he is "incredibly overwhelmed' by the support of his fans after being axed by England
Kevin Pietersen says he is “incredibly overwhelmed” by the support of his fans after being told he is no longer part of England’s plans on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old was a key member of England’s Test side which suffered a humiliating 5-0 Ashes whitewash in their tour of Australia this winter.
Pietersen is England’s leading run scorer across all formats of the game, playing a part in three Ashes successes, the T20 World Cup triumph and a series win in India.
“So sad that this will now be the last time I leave a field in an England shirt,” Pietersen posted on his Instagram account.
“Incredibly overwhelmed by the support overnight! Thank you so much.. #626 #185 #7(my caps). I love England and I honestly hope they have every success in the future.”
Pietersen scored 8,181 runs at an average of 47 in 104 Tests, in addition to 4,440 runs in 136 one-day internationals and 1,176 runs in 37 Twenty20s.
Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughn feels it is a shame that Pietersen will never don an England shirt again.
“I really think it’s sad we won’t see Kevin Pietersen playing for England again,” Vaughan said.
“It’s a very strange decision for England to make. A new director of cricket comes in soon, and he should have his decision to get his team around him.
“They’ve made this decision on their star player – they’ve made the decision now when someone’s coming in in a couple of months’ time.
“They can’t manage someone like Pietersen, who would have gone in 2015 after the World Cup and the next Ashes?”