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.
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
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.