Kevin Pietersen’s England career over after being dropped

Kevin Pietersen's England career is over after he was told he is no longer in their plans

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Kevin Pietersen played 104 Test matches for England Photo: The Sport Review

Kevin Pietersen’s England career is over after he was told he is no longer in the ECB’s plans.

The South Africa-born 33-year-old was informed this week that he had been dropped for the forthcoming Caribbean tour and ICC World Twenty20.

I feel extremely fortunate to have played at a time of great success for England cricket

Kevin Pietersen

The batsman, who is England’s leading run-scorer in all formats, said in a statement released by the ECB: “Playing cricket for my country has been an honour.

“Every time I pulled on the England shirt was a moment of huge pride for me and that is something that will live with me forever.

“Although I am obviously very sad the incredible journey has come to an end, I’m also hugely proud of what we, as a team, have achieved over the past nine years.

“I feel extremely fortunate to have played at a time of great success for England cricket alongside some of the best cricketers the country has ever produced.”

Pietersen played 104 Test matches, 136 one-day internationals and 37 Twenty20 Internationals for England in a career which has spanned from November 2004 to the final Ashes Test match in Sydney in early January.

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

Paul Downton

ECB managing director Paul Downton said: “Clearly this was a tough decision because Kevin has been such an outstanding player for England as the fact that he is the country’s leading run scorer in international cricket demonstrates.

“However, everyone was aware that there was a need to begin the long term planning after the Australia tour. Therefore we have decided the time is right 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.

“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.”

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