Pietersen out of England squad
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."
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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!
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.
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.
Nothing Wrong with Cricket Mercenaries, but Cricket Mercenary & **** thats just to much!!!!!
Expendables II !!! Sounds like Piertersen now is!!
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.