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Kevin Pietersen's colourful England career in pictures

Kevin Pietersen's international career is over after nine turbulent years following the England and Wales Cricket Board's decision to rebuild the side without the record-breaking batsman.

Here is a look back at the colourful career of the cricketer who will forever divide opinion.

2004: Quits Nottinghamshire for Hampshire before making his England debut early the next year

Pietersen made his international debut in the One Day International against Zimbabwe in 2004 Credit: PA Wire

2005: Pietersen helps England win the Ashes for the first time in 18 years

Pietersen's 158 runs on the final day of the last test in the Ashes helped England win the urn for the first time in 18 years Credit: PA Wire
Kevin Pietersen with Shane Warne after the final day of the fifth npower Test match against Australia in 2005. Credit: PA Wire
Pietersen celebrates with Freddie Flintoff after the successful Ashes series in 2005. Credit: PA Wire

2006: Made an MBE after Ashes success

Pietersen received his MBE from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony in Buckingham Palace in 2006. Credit: PA Wire

2008: Replaces Michael Vaughan and Paul Collingwood as the new England Test and one-day captain

Pietersen was named as captain in 2008 although the stint proved short-lived. Credit: PA Wire

2009: Relationship with England coach Peter Moores breaks down, forcing Pietersen to quit as captain

Kevin Pietersen arrives at London Heathrow airport following his resignation as England Cricket Captain. Credit: PA Wire

2009: Relationship with England coach Peter Moores breaks down, forcing Pietersen to quit as captain

Pietersen was also named the player of the tournament. Credit: PA Wire

2011: England complete a 4-0 whitewash over India at The Oval

England celebrate winning the Test series against India 4-0 at the Oval in 2011. Credit: Reuters

2012: Pietersen left out of squad and forced to apologise after sending "provocative" texts to members of the South African team

Kevin Pietersen had a colourful international career. Credit: Reuters

2012: Helps England to first Test series in India in 28 years

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2013: England are humiliated 5-0 by Australia in a disastrous Ashes series

England's Kevin Pietersen walks off the field after he caught out by Australia's Shane Watson during the Ashes. Credit: Reuters

2014: Pietersen's international career ends after the England and Wales Cricket Board announced that the 33-year-old would not be picked for the forthcoming tours of West Indies and then Bangladesh for the ICC World Twenty20

Kevin Pietersen has indicated his England career is over after the England and Wales Cricket Board left him out of the squads. Credit: PA Wire