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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.

Kevin Pietersen was confirmed as being left out of the England squad for the tour of West Indies and World Twenty20. Credit: PA

Speaking on BBC Radio Lancashire, the Prime Minister said: "I am an enormous fan of Kevin Pietersen and I have had some of my most enjoyable times watching him tonking the ball all over the park.

"It is not often I have a sympathy for Piers Morgan but I thought he was making quite a powerful argument this morning on my radio."

But Mr Cameron insisted he didn't want to interfere in the England Cricket Board's decision making, saying: "I will let the England selectors pick the England team, I think I had better stay out of this one."

Shane Warne describes Pietersen decision as 'disgrace'

Kevin Pietersen's former Ashes adversary Shane Warne has described the decision to end the 33-year-old's international career as a "disgrace".

The decision has reverberated around the world, and the former Australian bowler made his feelings clear on Twitter.


Pietersen refuses to comment after England omission

Kevin Pietersen has refused to comment on his omission from the England cricket squad and the apparent end of his international career.

England's management unanimously decided that the 33-year-old was not in their future plans - a decision which has proved controversial.

The 33-year-old, who said he was "so sad" at the decision yesterday, did not speak to ITV News as he entered his home this afternoon.

Pietersen wife: Give public 'truth' about England axing

Kevin Pietersen's wife, former Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor, has hit out at his critics for spinning "rumours" about dressing room bust-ups as "fact".

She called for the "truth" about his axing from the national team to be made public, tweeting:

Pietersen 'so sad' as he recalls final England innings

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.

Kevin Pietersen posted an image of his final England appearance at the SCG in Sydney. Credit: Instagram/Kevin Pietersen

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.

Pietersen's 'runs will be missed but his headlines won't'

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.


Pietersen's England career 'cut short by 3/4 years'

Kevin Pietersen's England career was cut short by three to four years, according to one former England Captain.

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.

Decision caps winter of discontent for England

Kevin Pietersen's England career is over. Credit: PA Wire

Kevin Pietersen's international exile is the latest scandal to hit England after a winter of discontent in Australia.

England have seen team director Andy Flower resign, Graeme Swann retire and key batsman Jonathan Trott leave the Ashes tour with a stress-related illness.

After the setbacks, the ECB has opted for a clean slate.

Kevin Pietersen was England's leading run scorer

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
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