Pietersen dropped for third test
England Batsmen Kevin Pietersen has been left out of the crucial third test match against South Africa at Lords.
Pietersen, who has recently fallen out with the England dressing room, posted a youtube video last night expressing his desire to play in “Straussy’s 100th test” and announced he is to come out of retirement from one day cricket.
England, who are currently 1-0 down in the series, have included Yorskire batsman Jonny Bairstow in the 13 man squad ahead of Pietersen for the test at Lords, which starts on Thursday.
Pietersen originally fell out with the England Board and Head Coach Andy Flower after they would not let him have the time off to play a full IPL season whilst England travel to New Zealand on tour.
Rumours had been speculating that the 32 year-old was to retire from all forms of the game internationally when England issue their new central contracts.
The Surrey batsmen was rumoured to be considering becoming a t20 journeyman travelling around the lucrative leagues around the world in India, Australia, England, South Africa and Bangladesh.
Social media has a huge influence on this story as not only did Pietersen’s plea go out on Youtube, the tension within the England camp grew over a parody twitter account under @kevpietersen24 which has now been closed. An account that Pietersen believed was run by one of his England teammates.
People on twitter have also had their say over the batsman’s surprise omission. James Parker @James_parker04 thinks the decision is wrong and tweeted: “This is an absolute farce, what is going on? Kevin Pietersen has to play.”
Ali Khoja @alykhoja added: “Despite the retirement recall switch-hit, Kevin Pietersen has been axed from the English squad. Such a disgrace #cricket”
Dmitri Old @DmitriOld Also stated that: “It isn't "brave" to drop KP. It is stupid. It displays the same stubborn nature KP has. Kevin Pietersen is the reason we are not two down.”
Deep End Dad @deep_end_dad had a different view on the matter, stating: “I have no interest in cricket but Kevin Pietersen annoys me - seems to think not only bigger than his team but his sport as a whole.”
And Matthew Lumb @Matthew_Lumb was of a completely different opinion: “Would prefer not to be the best cricket team in the world than haveKevin Pietersen playing for us. Go back to South Africa or India.”
Whether or not Strauss or Flowers decision is justified, England go into the next test a star man light and will want the young influences of Bairstow and James Taylor to shine through at the home of cricket this week.