Pietersen out of England side, will he join the media?

Aug 21, 2012

Batsman left out of one-day and Twenty20 sides for South Africa and Sri Lanka

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KEVIN PIETERSEN looks set for a long stint in the international wilderness after he was left out of England's one-day and Twenty20 squads for the series against South Africa and the side's defence of its World Twenty20 crown in Sri Lanka next month.

His omission was "expected" said Cricinfo. England had already started to plan for life without him after he announced his retirement from one-day cricket earlier this summer, a move that also rendered him unavailable for the Twenty20 format.

By the time he changed his mind and said that he would like to carry on playing the shorter formats for England the row over his conduct during the Test series against South Africa had blown up.

The South African-born batsman was accused to sending insulting texts about his England team mates to members of the South African side. And that led to him being dropped from the England side that lost the final Test at Lords yesterday.

Selector Geoff Miller explained: "Kevin Pietersen's future involvement [with England] is still being determined and he was therefore not considered for selection in either squad."

The Guardian reports that Pietersen may still get to travel to Sri Lanka, but only as a pundit. He has "been offered the opportunity to make his debut in the media during the tournament", reports the paper.

Meanwhile Pietersen's friend, Australian leg-spin legend Shane Warne, says it is a "tragedy" that Pietersen is not playing international cricket, and told Australian media that he and England Test captain Strauss should have sorted out their differences.

"Pietersen and Strauss could have gone down to the pub and had a beer and feed, and if they had to punch the absolute whatever out of each other, then so be it," he said.

South Africa's win at Lord's saw them leapfrog England to the top of the Test rankings. The home side, who started the day on 16-2, made a spirited effort to reach an unlikely victory target of 346 but fell 51 runs short.

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