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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 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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