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Cricket - Kevin Pietersen - Batsman's England career over

2014-02-04 20:44:07

Kevin Pietersen

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

The 33-year-old batsman, England's leading run-scorer in all formats, was informed this week by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

ECB managing director Paul Downton said: "The time is right to rebuild not only the team but also the team ethic."

Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen said: "I will continue to play but deeply regret that it won't be for England."

He 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.

"Playing cricket for my country has been an honour," said South Africa-born Pietersen, who made his England debut in 2004.

"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 believe I have a great deal still to give as a cricketer."

England were whitewashed 5-0 by Australia in the Ashes, although Pietersen was the tourists' leading run-scorer.

The squad for the limited-overs tour of the West Indies and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh is set to be named this week.

The ECB said the England management, which includes limited-overs coach Ashley Giles, Downton and national selector James Whitaker, agreed "unanimously" that Pietersen would not be in their plans for those trips or beyond.

Downton, who took over from Hugh Morris on 1 February, added: "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.

"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."

Source: bbc.co.uk

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