Updated: 07/08/2012 08:26 | By pa.press.net

Pietersen casts doubt over Test future



Kevin Pietersen scored 149 in England's first innings against South Africa

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.

23Comments
06/08/2012 21:28
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Perhaps it is time for the ECB to rethink their strict criteria of expecting our best players to be in everything to the destruction of family life and bodily fitness. Flintoff ended up a virtual physical wreck because he gave his all for England. The human body is not built for continual pounding abuse that the fast bowlers subject the feet and ankles to. Lets start to be sensible here and give our guys the chance to have a LONG successful career at domestic and international level. I would love to see KP back in the shortened form of the game as well, as would thousands of other England fans.
07/08/2012 07:00
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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.

07/08/2012 06:38
07/08/2012 08:29
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money is the name of the game---AGAIN---- and that's all there is to it. --- SPORTS????? used to be

A GAME

07/08/2012 06:48
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No one called him a tart and a mercenary when he was scoring those runs and winning games for England........ignorant racists, only wish he and other players that have played for England who were not actually born in England read these stupid comments
07/08/2012 09:42
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KPs good but he earned his very good living off the sport. Has to learn that no one is above the Game, no matter who he is. Look at the freak accident that happened to Mark Boucher one of the Worlds best wicket keepers. South Africa have to carry on, always someone who will come to answer the call. Someone will be the next KP then he will be a memory in the record books. Requires to be remembered for his skill, not his petty actions.
07/08/2012 10:09
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itsw a job and hes employed.  if hes acting this way he should be sacked.  He shouldnt be allowed to pick and choose and certainly shouldnt be earning if not playing
07/08/2012 10:43
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KP is a big yarpy tart, much like his supporters.
07/08/2012 09:21
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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.

07/08/2012 13:57
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Whatever you may think of KP as an individual, he has a point. Although I personally like it, the 50 over game is dying, and the 20-20 format is much more popular. I understand he just wanted to withdraw from the 50 over game. Why is this such a heinous crime? It probably won't be around in another couple of years anyway. I understand the view of those of you who think that if plays for England then he plays for England, full stop. But there are a number of players who only play Test (5 day) cricket, and others who only play the one-day game. Admittedly some of those are only at an international level in one discipline, but for others it's about extending their playing career as long as possible. They may be professional sportsmen but they have knees and hips that get arthritis too!
07/08/2012 11:58
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This t--ts starting to sound like a premiership footballer.  I'm sick of the useless t---ts on TV and Radio bumming him up as some great cricketer he's had as many bad innings as good one's another over paid over hyped and over rated useless t--t
07/08/2012 00:12
07/08/2012 00:15
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Go back to South Africa you mercenery tart.

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