Updated: 13/08/2012 22:45 | By pa.press.net

Pietersen: England career is not over



Kevin Pietersen wants to play for England again

Kevin Pietersen wants to play for England again

Kevin Pietersen insists his England career will continue despite being left out of this week's must-win Lord's Test.

England's selectors did not pick Pietersen on Sunday afternoon in their 13-man squad for the final Investec Test against South Africa and replaced him with Jonathan Bairstow.

Pietersen had hoped his commitment on Saturday night to make himself available again for England in all three formats would ensure he was selected to face his native country in his 89th Test match. "This entire episode has been demoralising for me and my family," Pietersen said in a statement.

However, the absence of a public assurance from him that there was no "derogatory" content about his own team in text messages he reportedly sent to South Africa players last week was apparently the last straw after a vexed summer of contract wrangles between him and his employers at the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Pietersen added: "However, none of this constitutes the end of my career as an international cricketer."

Pietersen spoke, in an interview released on YouTube on Saturday night, of looking forward to joining England's bid for a series-levelling victory as they try to salvage their world number one status.

He added: "Naturally, I'm hugely disappointed that the ECB have decided not to select me. To say I'm gutted is an under-statement."

The 32-year-old played one of his best innings - a man-of-the-match 149 - in the drawn second Test at Headingley, where he also became the quickest batsman in history to top 7,000 runs.

But he left Leeds under a cloud after a post-match press conference in which he hinted at dressing-room unrest and refused to give assurances that the Lord's Test would not be his last appearance.

"I had an emotional time at Headingley, and the video I released was my way to bring closure to the issues I had at that time," he said on Sunday evening, as he responded to his omission. "I stand by every word I said in that video. The fact is I love England and I love cricket. I wish the team, and Straussy in particular, every success next week."

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13/08/2012 02:18
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We can only hope he's wrong. He has repeatedly tried to blackmail the ECB into getting his own way. When they put their foot down and say no, he tries desperately to change tack as he sees it's not going to work. You're a mercenary, plain and simple. Do what other mercenaries do - go and see if anyone else will pay for your undoubted talents, ones who don't value loyalty and team harmony as much.
13/08/2012 09:00
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What a very stupid and childish person Pietersen is, he acts like a spoiled brat.
13/08/2012 01:50
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Loyalty to one's team is what sportsmanship is all about - Pietersen is a career player, he's made his money and the chances are he has an alternative offer in the 'pocket'
13/08/2012 01:46
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Loyalty is part of 'sportmanship'!

 

13/08/2012 09:44
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Like his cricket but does not like his attitude towards it.He want's to secure his future by playing in IPL but how many journeyman cricketers who are well less off than him are living within their means.How many more millions will satisfy him? Lot of people live on fraction of  his income.I'm glad the dog's is wagging the tail!
13/08/2012 10:40
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KP learn to keep your emotions in check never never voice something on the social network.....less said sometimes better resolved....walk away and think before opening your mouth...
13/08/2012 11:10
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K P Is a great player but, But no one person is bigger than the team, And i feel at the moment i feel the E C B Have made the right call, The team need to be together and play as a team, That's why they are world number one and best team in the world, up until after this seies, where i'm sad to say that S A while replace them as world number one.

 

We will miss K P, but cricket is more inportant than one person, I can only hope K P learns from what he has done, because we need great players in are team, but he has to be apart of the team, and become a team player.

 

Play up England on thursday at Lords, let's hope we get a great result and win, and remain world number one.

 

13/08/2012 05:28
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A great Pity...KP really has to get his act together...and soon!
13/08/2012 11:31
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HOW MANY TIME DOES ONE PLAYER THINK HE IS BIGGER THAN THE TEAM I CAN THINK OF AT LEAST ONE PLAYS FOF MAN U ,SORRY MAN U FANS YOU KNOW IM RIGHT PLAYING FOR ENGLAND SHOWED THAT AND PIEERSEN IS THE SAME MIXED LOYALTY
13/08/2012 14:31
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The life of an international cricketer is actually probably quite tough. You spend months at a time away from your family, just when you want to see them grow up. I can imagine it is a quite a confusing time as you near the end of your playing career but for the sake of team moral and team spirit I think the selectors are right to say " look sorry mate, by all means go off and play in the IPL if that's what you want to do. No one is forcing you to play for England. We are not here to provide a sort of interim pension here for highly talented players who have a bit more test life in them" I'm afraid you are wanting your cake and eat it here a bit mate and must accept it's time to move on.

13/08/2012 12:13
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afraid so kp, no player  is bigger than the team. andrew symonds as an example. but england will replace and if we lose our no 1 ranking this year, will soon regain it with easy games next year against the aussies
13/08/2012 18:28
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Difficult.Unpopular.So were Bradman,Hammond,Boycott and plenty more.Great players rarely are without personality flaws. What matters is what they contribute on the field. Although cricket is regarded as a team sport, players succeed or fail largely as individuals, and what is good for the individual is usually good for the side,Selfishness on the part of an outstanding performer not only can be expected but may in fact be a necessary component to success and easily carried over into other non sporting elements of life...
13/08/2012 13:05
13/08/2012 08:49
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You will be back KP the team will miss your flair and winning style. SA 2- E 0
13/08/2012 01:36
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Some notes and advice for Kevin:

(1) Leave the England cricket team. They don't deserve your talent. Your trade can be applied anywhere else.

(2) Do not worry about the England cricket team's rankings. They deserve to be stone last in World cricket rankings.

(3) Leave England. The place is a polluted, smelly sh1thole. Why do you want to live there? Brazil, South Africa, France, Croatia, Russia, the the Antarctic would all make better places to live. (Although, understandably South Africa might not want you back at this stage). 
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