Pietersen apologises over texts
Kevin Pietersen has said sorry to his England team-mates
Kevin Pietersen has admitted to sending 'provocative' text messages to members of the South African team and issued an apology, the England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed.
Pietersen was dropped by England for this week's third Test against the Proteas after failing to confirm publicly last weekend that no derogatory texts about his team-mates had been sent to South African players during the second Test, or if they had been sent, to apologise for them.
Pietersen has now apologised, saying in a statement released by the ECB: "I did send what you might call provocative texts to my close friends in the SA team. The texts were meant as banter between close friends."
He went on: "I need to rein myself in sometimes. I apologise to Straussy and the team for the inappropriate remarks at the press conference and for the texts. I truly didn't mean to cause upset or tension particularly with important games at stake."
England managing director Hugh Morris said: "We are in receipt of Kevin's apology, but further discussions need to take place to establish whether it is possible to regain the trust and mutual respect required to ensure all parties are able to focus on playing cricket and to maintain the unity of purpose that has served us so well in recent years.
"Critically, those discussions should take place behind closed doors, rather than in the media spotlight.
"A successful conclusion to this process is in everyone's best interests and is required for Kevin Pietersen's potential selection in all forms of the game to be considered.
"At the moment we have an important Investec Test match to focus on and therefore ECB will make no further comment until such time as is appropriate."
England trail 1-0 in the three-match series and will lose top spot in the world rankings if they fail to win the final Test against South Africa, which begins at Lord's on Thursday.
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Peterson,.....................A million miles away from TEAMGB spirit.
He wouldn't understand.
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es me well, refering to Yuraj as a pie chucker (Bowling of the cricket ball) he was also seen openly arguing on the field with an oposition player (Yuraj) The only loyalty Pietersen has for the English colours "South Africa won't pick w
Kevin Pieterson : should never wear the English colours again. I dont care how good he think he is.
Yes he is a great striker of the ball and he has been given the opertunity to showcase his skills under our flag. As the captain of England during an Indian test I watched him having an in the face argument, if memory serves me well, refering to Yuraj as a pie chucker (Bowling of the cricket ball) he was also seen openly arguing on the field with an oposition player (Yuraj) The only loyalty Pietersen has for the English colours "South Africa won't pick want me...........boohoos. Now this?? I have enjoyed your batting skills not your sense of loyalty and respect for your team mates and we the watching public. Take a tip from our team GB, be GB at all times fly the flag with pride and keep you idioctic and child like comments in your pram...