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Pietersen's career comes to an abrupt end

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Kevin Pietersen's controversial England career came to an abrupt end after officials announced they "unanimously" wanted to rebuild the side without the star batsman.

Pietersen was rested for the limited-overs games against Australia but was in-line to return to the squads.

In a joint statement with their 33-year-old former captain, the ECB announced Pietersen had been left out of the forthcoming squads for both the upcoming one-day international tour of the West Indies and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Recently appointed ECB managing director Paul Downton said Pietersen's international career was being terminated because of a need to "rebuild" following the team's 5-0 Ashes series loss in Australia.

"Playing cricket for my country has been an honour," Pietersen said in the 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," he added.

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