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Pietersen gets the royal boot, left out of T20 squad

Kevin Pietersen's rapid fall from grace was completed on Tuesday when the controversial batsman was left out of the England squads for the Twenty20 World Cup and the one-day series against South Africa.

cricket Updated: Aug 22, 2012 00:23 IST

Kevin Pietersen's rapid fall from grace was completed on Tuesday when the controversial batsman was left out of the England squads for the Twenty20 World Cup and the one-day series against South Africa.


Last week the 32-year-old was dropped for the third and final test against South Africa at Lord's after having sent "provocative" text messages about his own team mates and management to opposition players.

England slipped to a 51-run defeat to lose the series 2-0 and concede the number one Test spot to South Africa.

"Kevin Pietersen's future involvement is still being determined and he was therefore not considered," national selector Geoff Miller said as the squads were announced.

The party to face South Africa in five one-day internationals starting in Cardiff on Friday also sees Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad rested.

Sad situation
England coach Andy Flower described the Pietersen issue as "a very sad situation for everyone involved?".

"He played superbly at the last Twenty20 World Cup but the circumstances that exist at the moment mean he can't be selected," Flower said.

"There are still unresolved issues and we will be addressing those when we have time to do so." Echoing the comments made by Test captain Andrew Strauss last week, Flower said there were issues that had to be sorted out.

"Let me be clear, this is not just an issue between the captain and Kevin," he added.

"There are unresolved issues that have reared their heads in recent weeks and they have to be resolved before there is any way forward."

Stand-off Tragedy
Australian spin legend Shane Warne said it was a "tragedy" that his friend Kevin is in international exile but that both the player and English chiefs were at fault. Warne said Pietersen, a long-time friend, would be "one of the first people to admit that he's acted in a way that's been a bit silly and stupid and I'm sure he'd like to take back a few of his actions."