August 7, 2012
Kevin Pietersen may retire from Test cricket after the third and final Test match against South Africa at Lord’s.
The 32 year-old indicated in an interview with Test Match Special that he couldn’t give any assurances that the next Test match wouldn’t be his last.
Pietersen and the ECB have been at loggerheads in recent times over Pietersen’s decision to retire from one-day cricket. The Surrey batsman was keen to stay on in Twenty20 cricket but retire from the ODI’s. England have said that he must play in 50 over cricket as well if he wants to remain in the 20 over side.
There have also been disputes stemming from Pietersen’s inclusion in the Indian Premier League. Pietersen is thought to be keen on playing the full schedule of the IPL which would mean him missing Test matches at the start of England’s summer.
Pietersen has recently been in blistering form hitting 149 in the second Test match at Headingley. The Test finished as a draw meaning England have to win the final match at Lord’s to draw the series. All eyes will be on Pietersen at the home of cricket, in what may prove to be his final match in an England shirt.
The Scoop 07/08/2012