Pietersen out of one-day squad

Batsman Kevin Pietersen has been left out of England's squad for a Twenty20 match and a one-day series against South Africa. He was also left out of the Test squad after apologising for sending "provocative" text messages to South African players.

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Kevin Pietersen left out of England Twenty20 squad

Kevin Pietersen's future in international cricket could be over. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Big-hitting batsman Kevin Pietersen has been left out of England's 15-man squad for a Twenty20 match and a one-day series against South Africa.

It follows his omission from England's test squad to face South Africa, the country of his birth.

Pietersen has apologised for the "provocative" text messages he sent that lead to his exclusion but selector Geoff Miller said his England future is "still being determined."


ECB: 'Further discussions needed' over Pietersen's future

England Managing Director Hugh Morris confirmed today that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had received an apology from Kevin Pietersen.

We are in receipt of Kevin's apology, but further discussions need to take place to establish whether it is possible to regain the trust and mutual respect required to ensure all parties are able to focus on playing cricket and to maintain the unity of purpose that has served us so well in recent years.

Critically, those discussions should take place behind closed doors, rather than in the media spotlight.

A successful conclusion to this process is in everyone's best interests and is required for Kevin Pietersen's potential selection in all forms of the game to be considered.

– England Managing Director Hugh Morris' statement

Strauss: Pietersen's actions an issue of 'trust and mutual respect'

England cricket captain Andrew Strauss said Kevin Pietersen's actions were an issue of "trust and mutual respect".

Speaking at a news conference ahead of England's third Test against South Africa, Strauss referred to Pietersen's apology as "a first step definitely".

"It's going to be a long process. Unfortunately we have to address this issue, it's not one we can sweep under the carpet," the captain said.

When asked whether he could see Pietersen returning to the team, Strauss added, "Perhaps it's possible, perhaps impossible for there to be a way forward".

Kevin Pietersen admits 'I need to rein myself in sometimes'

Kevin Pietersen was dropped ahead of the third and final test between the two top-ranked test sides starting at Lord's on Thursday. England, trailing 1-0, need to win to stay at number one. His full statement reads:

I need to rein myself in sometimes. I did send what you might call provocative texts to my close friends in the SA team. The texts were meant as banter between close friends. I apologise to Straussy (captain Andrew Strauss) and the team for the inappropriate remarks at the press conference and for the texts. I truly didn't mean to cause upset or tension particularly with important games at stake.


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