Updated: 20/08/2012 18:12 | By pa.press.net

Pietersen to hold Strauss talks



Kevin Pietersen, left, is believed to have advised South Africa on dismissing Andrew Strauss

Kevin Pietersen, left, is believed to have advised South Africa on dismissing Andrew Strauss

Kevin Pietersen is set to meet with England captain Andrew Strauss next week as he seeks to salvage his international career.

Press Association Sport understands the pair will meet following the conclusion of the third Investec Test match at Lord's in the wake of text messages sent by Pietersen to members of the South African team during the second match of the series at Headingley.

Reports on Sunday morning allege that Pietersen described Strauss in offensive terms in one of the messages and offered advice to the South Africans on how to dismiss the skipper.

Pietersen's camp would not comment on the content of the texts, but former England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Lord MacLaurin said he fears the 32-year-old could have played his final game for England if the reports are proven to be accurate.

Pietersen has apologised to England for the texts but has not divulged their specific content, and it is thought his international career will remain on hold until negotiations with the ECB are concluded. MacLaurin, chairman of the ECB for six years from 1997, feels that if the allegations are proven, then Pietersen's England career is over.

He told Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "I think the Kevin Pietersen thing is pretty sad and pretty serious for cricket, the ECB are capable of dealing with the matter as they see fit.

"Nobody is bigger than the game and history is littered with sports stars who believe they are bigger than the game and business people too. They usually end up halfway down the batting order.

"If the reports in the papers are true.....I think Mr Pietersen will never play for England again."

MacLaurin also pointed to Pietersen's apparent lack of popularity during his county career in England as well as with the national team.

He said: "If you look at the record of the gentleman concerned he hasn't been greatly loved at Hampshire, at Nottinghamshire or at Surrey or in the England dressing room."

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19/08/2012 11:55
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If this is true then what the hell are they talking about his England playing career..What England playing career does the idiot think he's got now???

And if the selectors let him back in then they will lose all respect...

19/08/2012 12:04
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He should go back toSA he is not british his heart is not in the Englands

team. How can he do this to his fellow players and to England.!!!.

Drop him from all forms of cricket in England. and the Counties.

19/08/2012 11:41
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If this article is the truth, then what does he want to achieve by sending texts such as this? The trust is gone in the player now, it's totally unforgiveable...i think he'll find it difficult to carry on playing IN England full stop, nevermind FOR England.
19/08/2012 12:28
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He's a self centred disruptive "Good time Charlie" who makes poor, selfish, childlike choices / decisions when playing,  he's had far too many failures through the years for England, embellished by the odd high score, well he can stick his odd high score and text messages where the sun don't shine, give me a team player at 3 or 4 who will get you a steady 40/50 runs with no baggage.
19/08/2012 12:01
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If what has been said was against his team mate's then he should never be picked to play for England again.That of course is if it is true and the information came from a reliable informant.
19/08/2012 11:32
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no one is bigger than the team give baistow a run
19/08/2012 14:13
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Someone who advises the opposition on how bowl one of your team mates out- is surely on the wrong team or gambling. Had this been a Pakistani or Indian player the Icc would have got involved and would have band the player from all forms of cricket for life.
19/08/2012 12:43
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IF he has been sending txt about tactics then he should face the same punishment as those who match fix, ban him from playing any professional cricket for a year or two
19/08/2012 11:40
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If this is true, that he texted out his English team mates, then the treasonous rat needs to be sacked and we should send him to South Africa and remove any status he has as a British citizen!! 
19/08/2012 11:52
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What ever possessed him to do what he did only he knows,  a good cricketer,  his "EGO" is his downfall. He wiil go down in history as a "CAD.
19/08/2012 11:41
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he should never never be allowed to play for England they are far better off without him.  He is an absolute B
19/08/2012 12:44
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treat it like match fixn if proved true

 

19/08/2012 13:44
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   A certain New Zealand capt of Notts. threatened to thow him off the Trent Bridge players balcony.   Shortly afterwards he was transferred to Hamshire, I believe.   A big player with a corresponding head.
19/08/2012 13:33
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At the end of the day the ECB and their practise of selecting players that are not English to play for England has once again come back to bite them on the *rse ..  

It is an absolute joke the way foreign players are entitled to play for England based on a technicality ...

KP is a selfish, self-centred * rick with the average flourish of talent , he was not good enough to play for South Africa , they obviously had a good measure of his mindset and talent which the ECB refused to accept.

KP has done nothing for English cricket other then splitting the dressing room and embarrassing himself , his constant , selfish , want to be great poor performances far outweigh the odd big score.

He is a mercenary and should stick to the IPL and other such tournaments , drop him from the England side and send him packing to India or Oz !! I guarantee he will not make any of the South African franchise teams , they don't want him back ...

There are much better, solid and dedicated players in England that will play in the Team for the Team ..


19/08/2012 13:46
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It is clear that he should never play for England again. I also disagree with the selection of foreign players, which effectively they are. Pietersen has a great talent but it is wasted on him. No apology, if forthcoming, will be enough. England will be a better TEAM without him. If he is allowed to play for England again this would do untold damage for many years to come. His record of being a disruptive influence at county and national level speaks for itself. Johnny Bairstow, a true Englishman, is far better placed to replace the arrogant South African.
19/08/2012 13:40
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This affair has obviously unsettled England as they now look like losing the series. KP is surely finished as an England player.
19/08/2012 18:19
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think pietersons turned into a premiership footballer,talented but not much up top
19/08/2012 13:49
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ricardo baptista; Totally agree with everything you say! KP is a South African reject who suffers badly from delusions of adequacy!

19/08/2012 20:44
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No matter what the man is or what he has done, he should not be giving an advantage to another team he is playing against, by giving out information on his own team, he must have no morals and is not fit to represent England, he should never play again, wheres his loyalty to the rest of the team and England. They should throw him out. His actions have brought shame on the international game of cricket and must be dealt with in accordance..
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