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Pietersen: England career is not over
Kevin Pietersen insists his England career will continue despite being left out of this week's must-win Lord's Test.
England's selectors did not pick Pietersen on Sunday afternoon in their 13-man squad for the final Investec Test against South Africa and replaced him with Jonathan Bairstow.
Pietersen had hoped his commitment on Saturday night to make himself available again for England in all three formats would ensure he was selected to face his native country in his 89th Test match. "This entire episode has been demoralising for me and my family," Pietersen said in a statement.
However, the absence of a public assurance from him that there was no "derogatory" content about his own team in text messages he reportedly sent to South Africa players last week was apparently the last straw after a vexed summer of contract wrangles between him and his employers at the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Pietersen added: "However, none of this constitutes the end of my career as an international cricketer."
Pietersen spoke, in an interview released on YouTube on Saturday night, of looking forward to joining England's bid for a series-levelling victory as they try to salvage their world number one status.
He added: "Naturally, I'm hugely disappointed that the ECB have decided not to select me. To say I'm gutted is an under-statement."
The 32-year-old played one of his best innings - a man-of-the-match 149 - in the drawn second Test at Headingley, where he also became the quickest batsman in history to top 7,000 runs.
But he left Leeds under a cloud after a post-match press conference in which he hinted at dressing-room unrest and refused to give assurances that the Lord's Test would not be his last appearance.
"I had an emotional time at Headingley, and the video I released was my way to bring closure to the issues I had at that time," he said on Sunday evening, as he responded to his omission. "I stand by every word I said in that video. The fact is I love England and I love cricket. I wish the team, and Straussy in particular, every success next week."