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Saturday, 08 February 2014 11:19

Kevin Pietersen England career ends

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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that Kevin Pietersen will no longer be considered for the national team, with the official reason given by the Managing Director of the ECB Paul Downton, is ‘the time is right to rebuild not only the team but also the team ethic’.

Sports betting fans and England supporters will surely have mixed feelings about the 33 year olds batsman’s dramatic and sudden departure from the International scene. There is no doubt since his debut in 2005, he has always been the centre of attention even if it was not always for the right reasons.

Kevin Pietersen was England’s highest International run scorer, with 277 matches under his belt scoring 13,797 runs, including 32 centuries - another English record. The batsman had 23 Test centuries with only Alastair Cook ahead of him. Ut when you include Kevin’s One day centuries, he is way ahead of the field. His statistics reflect his exciting game, made up of uncompromising dominating and aggressive character that has carried the England team to many a win. Critics will say that it is exactly that type of play that is downfall, not being able to control his individual game for the overall good of the team. But with all great players there is very little room for compromise and his confidence in his ability has never wavered.

There is no doubting his ability and drive, but there has questions on his disruptive influence on and off the pitch. The textgate scandal in the 2012 South African series was a perfect example of the player not fitting in with the rest of the English squad. There has also been admissions of his lateness and dislike of excessive planning and strategy that English coaches have placed on games. But on the other hand he has dedicated many hours to helping the tail-end batsmen and the encouraging the younger players in the squad.

At the end of the day, love him or loathe him, he has been one of the best players to play for England, with his talent on the pitch for all to see. It is a sad day for cricket, as clearly Kevin is still one of the best cricketers in the world. However, the ECB and influential squad members lack the ability to harness the player’s strengths for the good of England.