Updated: 12/08/2012 18:41 | By pa.press.net

Pietersen out of England squad



England's Kevin Pietersen will not face South Africa this week

England's Kevin Pietersen will not face South Africa this week

Kevin Pietersen has been left out of England's squad for the must-win Lord's Test against South Africa.

England announced on Sunday afternoon they have picked Jonathan Bairstow in place of Pietersen, whose involvement has been in doubt throughout a controversial week.

It appears that, despite Pietersen's "change of heart" on Saturday night and commitment to make himself available again for his adopted country in all formats, a sticking point remained over the content of text messages he reportedly sent to opposition players during the drawn Headingley Test.

England's selectors delayed the naming of their 13-man squad by an extra five hours, for a match they must win to level the Investec series and rescue their world number one status, to allow Pietersen extra time to publicly declare he did not send "derogatory texts" to the South African team.

Pietersen arranged an interview, broadcast to millions on youtube, in which he made it clear he had seen the error of his ways and had decided playing cricket for England was more important than other issues.

But crucially, it seems, he did not address the matter of texts he reportedly sent during last week's drawn Test - which have been portrayed in some quarters as being critical of his own team and/or management.

Hugh Morris, managing director England Cricket, said: "During the past week we have held several discussions with Kevin Pietersen and his advisers.

"Following a constructive meeting, it was agreed that a number of actions needed to be completed to re-engage Kevin within the England dressing room.

"A fundamental item was to confirm publicly that no derogatory texts had been sent by Kevin to the South African team.

"This has not been forthcoming, despite clear timelines being set to allow the selectors to pick the squad for the third Investec Test Match. We provided an additional six hours this morning to provide every opportunity for agreement to be reached, but regrettably this has not been possible."

47Comments
12/08/2012 19:07
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I see him as no more than a cricket mercenary who no longer needs the money. An uncommitted mercenary is more trouble than it is worth.
12/08/2012 19:21
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Self centered and arrogant. Should have been discarded a long time ago and replaced by a dedicated and proud to represent England player. Pack your bags and be off to India. England and SA do not need you.
12/08/2012 19:12
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So glad the jumped up **** has been put in his place.

12/08/2012 17:14
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KP has never been a team player and has been poorly advised. Just hope the media and some elements of the public don't take it out on his named replacement (Johnny Bairstow) as they did the young man who was not their preferred choice for the British Taekwando team)
12/08/2012 16:46
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A great cricketer but full of himself at times. He'd already withdrawn himself from T20 and ODI's and now England have dropped him from the test side. Where does he go from here? Hopefully Bairstow can step up but can't see England beating this current SA team. Looks like our number one status might be in jeopardy. 
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I think the decision to drop Pietersen is right in the circumstances. It doesn't matter how good he is it's become increasingly obvious that he's cut himself off from the rest of the team. Somebody needs to remind him there's no i in team. I don't understand the selection of Bairstow as Pietersen's replacement. Roach exposed his weakness to the short ball against the West Indies and Morkel and Steyn won't hesitate to test him again. The fact is England have a major problem at number six. There just isn't an outatanding candidate for that position. And with Pietersen dropped England have now created a problem at number five, as Bell will presumably move up to number four.
12/08/2012 15:28
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No one is above their country. In KP`s case which country?

Dev

12/08/2012 20:01
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about time, the gobshXte might realise now that he isnt the be all and end all he seems to think he is.  
12/08/2012 17:58
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He estranged himself from the team, the selectors, apparently deliberately as he commited himself to IPL, but wanted to appear in the test series and 20/20 when it pleased him.  He has raised all his issues in public via you tube and twitter, rather than acting in a professional manner and discussing the issues directly with the relevant people.

Whether he is a superb player or not, his attitude and behaviour was not conducive to good team spirit and it is good that he has been dropped!

12/08/2012 16:42
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He got what he deserves, no matter how talented his actions are childish.
12/08/2012 16:36
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No man is greater than the rest of the team and KP should know that
12/08/2012 18:49
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At last the EGO has been dropped. I liked the line Pieterson and his advisors, says it all really what will it be next Jerry Springer or Big Brother ? he's just a player in a team of 11 not THE team.
12/08/2012 17:38
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With a bit of luck thats the last we will see of him.
12/08/2012 20:40
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As any amateur sportsman knows, people of uncertain loyalty do more harm in the dressing room than their playing talents can rectify. I only speak as a very nearly ex village cricketer, but human nature is always the same.

 

12/08/2012 17:19
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hes a legend in is own mind.better off without him
12/08/2012 15:17
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I'm glad it's all come to an end , I hope it is the end of Pieterson's place in the England set up ,To now make way for Bairstow , Taylor  and all the other young English born players. Although i fear the time to beat this wonderful South African team has now passed.
12/08/2012 17:07
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I believe that what Kevin did (sent text messages) to opposite country players, he should be punished as English cricket renounce the best cricket all over the world and players from other countries feel prestigious when contracted by English counties.

To be a good player doesn't mean to allow someone to betrays his country who give him ultimate respect being an English cricketer.

He should say sorry or ban for matches in order to restore confidence among English cricket players as if he is not punished, then doors will be open for others to repeat the same.  

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Nothing Wrong with Cricket Mercenaries, but Cricket Mercenary & **** thats just to much!!!!!

 

Expendables II !!!   Sounds like Piertersen now is!!

12/08/2012 18:36
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What a stupid thing to do KP but you will be missed, SA must be laughing all the way to the bank. 2-0

Ok so he can be a pain but he is still our best player and England will miss him.

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