Cameron: 'Powerful argument' for keeping Pietersen

David Cameron has voiced his views on the ejection of Kevin Pietersen from the England cricket team, saying there was a "powerful argument" for keeping him on the team.

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ECB: Tough decision needed to start rebuilding process

The England and Wales Cricket Board has said the time is right to drop Kevin Pietersen so the "rebuilding process" in the wake of the disastrous Ashes campaign can begin.

Pietersen met with Paul Downton, the managing director of England Cricket, this week and was informed of the unanimous decision.

In a statement, Mr Downton said:

Clearly this was a tough decision because Kevin has been such an outstanding player for England as the fact that he is the country's leading run scorer in international cricket demonstrates.

However everyone was aware that there was a need to begin the long term planning after the Australia tour. Therefore we have decided the time is right to look to the future and start to rebuild not only the team but also team ethic and philosophy.

England cricket owes a debt of gratitude to Kevin who has proved to be one of the most talented and exciting players to ever represent the country and his 13,797 runs are a testimony to his immense skill. This decision brings some clarity now for the future of the England teams and we all wish Kevin the very best in the rest of his career.

Read: Pietersen 'very sad incredible journey has come to end'

Pietersen 'very sad incredible journey has come to end'

Kevin Pietersen has said he is "very sad the incredible journey has come to an end", confirming the news that his England career is over.

"Playing cricket for my country has been an honour. Every time I pulled on the England shirt was a moment of huge pride for me and that is something that will live with me forever," the 33-year-old said in a statement.

"Although I am obviously very sad the incredible journey has come to an end, I'm also hugely proud of what we, as a team, have achieved over the past nine years.

Kevin Pietersen's England career appears to be effectively over. Credit: PA Wire

"I feel extremely fortunate to have played at a time of great success for England cricket alongside some of the best cricketers the country has ever produced."

"I want to thank everyone for their fantastic support and I wish the team the very best of success going forward.

"I believe I have a great deal still to give as a cricketer. I will continue to play but deeply regret that it won't be for England."

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Piers Morgan claims 'Kevin Pietersen has been sacked'

Broadcaster Piers Morgan claims that his friend Kevin Pietersen has not been selected for the upcoming one day tour of West Indies and the World Twenty20 next month.

The former Daily Mirror editor was highly critical of the ECB's decision:

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I can confirm Kevin Pietersen has been SACKED by the pathetic, spineless losers at the @ecb . Unbelievable.

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KP sacked for being England's highest run-scorer in all competitions, and highest run-scorer in Ashes debacle. SHAMEFUL. #KPSacked

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Make your feelings known, England sports fans. @kp24 has been treated appallingly by these cretins > @ecb_cricket #KPSacked

Read: Kevin Pietersen's England future reportedly in doubt

Kevin Pietersen's England future in doubt

Kevin Pietersen's England career appears to be effectively over after media reports claimed he has not been selected for England's upcoming one day tour of West Indies and the World Twenty20 next month.

The England and Wales Cricket board reportedly met today at Lords to discuss the 33-year-old's future, the Times and the Daily Mail reported.

Pietersen's future has been unclear since the end of the disastrous Ashes series. Credit: PA Wire

Pietersen's absence would inevitably spark further questions over his long-term involvement in the England set-up.

Pietersen's future has been unclear since the end of the disastrous Ashes series, while his turbulent relationship with team director Andy Flower was under the spotlight.

Flower's resignation earlier this month appeared to ease the pressure, however it now seems that Pietersen's services will not be retained.

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