33 year old will no longer be considered for selection by the ECCB. in all forms of the game.
England have axed Kevin Pietersen from national team action according to the BBC.
The 33-year-old has been told by the ECCB (England and Wales Cricket Board) that he is not longer in their plans both in test match cricket and in limited overs action.
The South African born top order batsman appears to have paid the price for a disappointing Ashes tour where he ended up as England’s leading run-scorer but was guilty of ‘throwing-away’ his wicket cheaply on too many occasions, opting to play extravagant strokes that led to his dismissal.
Pietersen represented England in 104 tests, racking up 8,181 runs at an average of 47.28.
ECB managing director Paul Downton stated of the decision:
“The time is right to rebuild not only the team but also the team ethic.”
Kevin Pietersen has outlined his sadness at seemingly the end of his national team career, commenting:
“I will continue to play but deeply regret that it won’t be for England.”