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She called for the "truth" about his axing from the national team to be made public, tweeting:
Regurgitating rumour & spinning it as fact is not what I'd call responsible journalism. The public deserve so much better - the truth.
Kevin Pietersen has said he is "so sad" to see his England career end as he posted an image on Instagram of his final appearance for the team on the disastrous winter Ashes tour.
Pietersen said he is "incredibly overwhelmed" by messages of support and said he "honestly" hopes England "have every success in the future".
The 33-year-old has been sacked by England's selectors after a turbulent international cricket career.
Kevin Pietersen's runs will be a massive loss but the controversies and headlines will not be missed, former teammate Matthew Hoggard has said.
England's management decided unanimously that their relationship with the South African-born 33-year-old had run its course.
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Pietersen said he was "very sad the incredible journey has come to an end" after he was left out of the England squad for the tour of West Indies and World Twenty20.
Alec Stewart said he regarded Pietersen as "one of England's greatest ever players" and was disappointed and angry by the decision.
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Kevin Pietersen, who has been told he is not part of England's long term future, was the country's leading run scorer in international cricket.
- Pietersen played 104 Test Matches, 136 One Day internationals and 37 Twenty20 Internationals for England
- His career spanned from November 2004 to the final Ashes test in Sydney in early January
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.
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.
"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."
Kevin Pietersen has been left out of the England squad for the tour of West Indies and World Twenty20, the ECB have confirmed.