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.
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