Pietersen casts doubt over Test future
Kevin Pietersen scored 149 in England's first innings against South Africa
England's Kevin Pietersen has cast doubt on his Test match future, saying there are "obstacles" which have to be overcome in order for him to continue.
Pietersen scored 149 in the first innings of the second Test against South Africa at Headingley and took three wickets in the tourists' reply.
However, asked after the drawn game to give an assurance that he would play beyond the third Test against South Africa at Lord's, the 32-year-old said: "No, I can't give assurances. All will be discussed and we'll see what happens."
He added: "There are obstacles and I'll decide what happens at the end of the next Test."
Pietersen ended his limited-overs career for England when he announced his shock retirement from the shorter formats of international cricket, at the age of just 31, earlier this summer.
However, soon after he revealed he would "love to play for another three or four years in all forms of cricket'' and admitted he was in talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board to reverse his decision to quit.
The right-hander has since claimed England's international schedule, which played a major part in his decision to retire from limited-overs internationals, was still a major hurdle in any possible return.
He had initially wanted to call time only on 50-over cricket and carry on in Twenty20, but the terms of ECB central contracts prevent players picking and choosing their formats.
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Kevin Pietersen is one of the best cricketers of his generation, a match winner and a huge part of the England Cricket Team rising to No 1 in the world. It would be a huge loss to the team and to Cricket fans if he retires from the game so young.
Like Flintoff another great player who retired early because his body was worn out too soon, the ECB needs to rethink how many games these players are expected to play in, One tour after another is too much, they need time to rest, recuperate and spend with their families.
money is the name of the game---AGAIN---- and that's all there is to it. --- SPORTS????? used to be
It would be a great shame to see KP leave the game because over these past fews years he has shown us what he can do with a bat and a ball, he will be a huge loss to the england squad.