Updated: 07/08/2012 23:38 | By pa.press.net

Pietersen loss 'could be an opportunity'



Kevin Pietersen has hinted the final match against South Africa could be his last Test

Kevin Pietersen has hinted the final match against South Africa could be his last Test

Mike Gatting does not want to see Kevin Pietersen retire from international cricket but believes it could present an opportunity to another player.

Pietersen hinted next week's final match against South Africa could be his last Test after making clear last night his dissatisfaction with many aspects of his employment by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

A sensational innings of 149 in the second Investec Test at Headingley has given Pietersen, who announced his retirement from limited overs cricket in June, legitimate reason to think he is a key cog for England as they attempt to remain the best five-day side in the world.

Former captain Gatting is unsure of Pietersen's motivations for voicing his concerns in the middle of a Test series but is of the opinion the 32-year-old is not irreplaceable.

"I'm not sure why he wants to quit Test cricket now. But that's up to KP," Gatting told Sky Sports News.

"He's the man that makes the decisions, and nobody else. He's done really well for England, and he proved that (again) at Headingley by playing a magnificent innings.

"It'll be sad to lose him. But it will give somebody else a chance to come into the England team and prove their worth."

Gatting, who won 79 caps with England, also believes the issue should not cloud the team's focus.

But the 55-year-old is confident captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower will act in the best interests of the side as England attempt to cling on to their number one status with a series-levelling victory at Lord's next week.

"At the end of the day it's about the team, what goes on in the team, not about any one individual," he said.

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08/08/2012 01:21
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P.S. On a topical news type topic: KP may have (finally) had a decent innings recently, but he has in no way batted to the high standards we have come to expect (not least due to his exaggerated repesentation of his own abilities). I think he is a great cricketer who has come to believe he is the best in the world, and has failed to live up to these lofty standards time and time again. If he starts talking about retiring in the middle of a series it is only further proof that he values his own legacy above that of the team, and should therefore stop wasting fans' time and just retire.
08/08/2012 01:12
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Will msn find a way to make topical news forums a forum for discussing topical news? Or will it remain a cheap dating site for the sad and lonely?
08/08/2012 07:08
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Too big for his own boots. Let him run off to the IPL like the mercenary he is.

08/08/2012 09:38
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Oh KP you lonly sole. You ponce around on the cricket field. You are now poncing around with attitude. Yes at times you are a good bats man. Giving the paying public what they want. Other times you are abysmal. It is time you grew up and stopped this silly sulking attitude. You are part of a team. Not bigger than the team. You know KP, to be treated like a man you first must act like one. Threats idle or other wise serve you or the teams morale no purpose. If you got to go,go and let some one who wants to play for England and be proud to do so have the chance. You are not playing for some two bit team you are playing for the best team in the world. A team that you have been a part off and help get that accolade. Now grow up and knuckle down. Lets hear no more of this silly talk of quitting.
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tiresome petersen can throw his toys out of the pram any time he wishes to, it is so absurd that this petulant **** is detracting from the excellent work of so many other sportsmen, and his talents are replaceable. my suggestion for him would be to lock himself in his own bathroom where he can fully enjoy the audience to which he so richly deserves.
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Mike Gatting is absolutely right if Kevin wants to call it a day with England it's up to him. One person cannot decide his own terms and conditions. I understand team moral has been hit by Pietersen's  attitude, so maybe he should go. There are other excellent players out there who would give their front teeth to play for England so now could be  chance.
08/08/2012 10:05
08/08/2012 10:39
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its his choice , just make it and then we can end all this hype over what he is doing and move on with someone whose heart is in the job
08/08/2012 10:12
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Was is he bleating about.Not  good enough to get into his birth country team,so like soooooooooooo many others we adopt him.Watching this series is a little like watching South Africa 1st XI V South Africa 2nd XI.Get over your ego Pietersen,or clear off and count your money.
08/08/2012 09:30
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Whether I agree or not about KP talking of retirement, can anyone tell me who could replace him? Bopara...I don't think so, has also underperformed.  Taylor, good lad but lacks experience at senior level, one for the future.... come on then all you mouthy lot against KP, money where your mouth is time...who will replace him if he goes?
Still think ECB should sort things out once and for all, not necessarily in KP's favour, but just for the sake of clarity and team morale.
08/08/2012 08:56
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What's all the fuss about..Britons with a Afrikaans accent tend to revert to their true nationality after their (useful) sell by date anyway....Eg...Zola Budd, Tony Greig...and now Pietersen. Now there's a surprise!!
08/08/2012 09:00
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I think the last test should be his last test match for England.
08/08/2012 12:08
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Seems like the majority are in agreement here...no over-rated and inconsistent prima donna is bigger than the team. Shove off to the IPL and good riddance I say....and give someone a chance who thinks playing for their country is more important than money.....not that Pietersen is English anyway.
08/08/2012 12:17
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Drop him, god knows exactly what his beef is, no doubt it will all come out in a book at some point, England haven't looked a strong team lately and this might be part of the reason why. Good look in the future KP but you aren't a bigger issue than the team.  
08/08/2012 09:11
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He could join up with Idowu and form  a new team of people whose ego is bigger than their ability.

 

I would be pleased if we never saw him in an England Team again.

08/08/2012 12:07
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This man is an idot he thinks he is bigger than the game he has

caused a lot of promblems since he has been in the England team

Come on ECB drop him before he retiers he is just an OLD Fart

his use by date has come to an end. Lets move on.

08/08/2012 12:12
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england need him you cant beat experience now lets start using some common sense
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