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KP signs full England contract

2013-01-09 15:58

London - Kevin Pietersen rubber-stamped his return to the England set-up on Wednesday by signing a full central contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Pietersen was frozen out of the international picture in August last year when he was dropped for the final Test against South Africa over claims he sent text messages to rival players criticising then-England captain Andrew Strauss.

The South Africa-born batsman subsequently returned to the squad towards the end of 2012, but was only tied to a short-term contract that was due to expire at the end of the month.

However, limited-overs coach Ashley Giles confirmed on Wednesday that the 32-year-old has now signed a full central contract with the ECB that puts him on a par with the rest of his England team-mates.

The current set of central contracts is due to expire at the end of September.

Pietersen endured a turbulent 2012, which saw him announce his retirement from both 50-over and Twenty20 internationals.

He even cast doubt over his future in the Test arena, shortly before he was axed from the side in August over a controversial exchange of text messages with the touring South Africa team.

He missed the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka and was not given one of 10 central contracts distributed in September.

However, after holding talks with the ECB he returned to the England squad in October and subsequently agreed to return in all formats of the game.

AFP

Comments
  • emakushu - 2013-01-09 16:09

    Just come home brother KP before u retire from cricket. This country needs your expertise. There is no place like South Africa.

      kgetsi.pule - 2013-01-09 16:37

      well said, im aware this could be hurtfull to our white friends n im so sorry if they feel so....

      basiladams.basil - 2013-01-09 16:52

      U guys post things u know nothing of the reason y Kp left SA,he didn't like the fact that a black or coloured guy get selected ahead of him! That's in a nut shell 4u guys! Ps I'm not white!

      damian.sayers.7 - 2013-01-09 16:54

      WTF does race have to do with his comment douche bag??? I would much rather have Alviro Petersen than Kevin Pietersen in this side and last I checked Alviro was not "white"!!!

      PureProteas - 2013-01-09 17:04

      Won't happen he isn't good enough for us

      inky.pinky.56 - 2013-01-09 17:12

      @ PureProteas. Either you know very little about cricket or you just enjoy writing rubbish. KP is one of the best in the world (research his stats) and would be welcome in any national side.

      PureProteas - 2013-01-09 17:26

      @inky, I know more about the game than most, I also know all about KP's stats, I also know how inconsistent he is, brilliant in one innings, out cheap the next

      inky.pinky.56 - 2013-01-09 19:54

      @ PureProteas. You claim to “know more than most” but your comments contrast with the official ICC stats that contradict your statement regarding KP’s inconsistencies. He is in fact one of the most consistent players in all forms of the game. Perhaps you have allowed emotion to influence your comments at the expense of the truth.

  • Spha - 2013-01-09 16:30

    hell yes we need him,he must go play down under with Warne in the Big Bash league,that where ol d rejects of d game are!!!

  • damian.sayers.7 - 2013-01-09 16:37

    Im happy to hear this as its always better to klap England/SA A when he is in the side!!!

  • PureProteas - 2013-01-09 17:00

    One thing for sure I am looking forward to is seeing cook and co take botox boy apart, I still can't believe the aus selectors have picked him for 2 ashes games

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2013-01-09 20:16

      When was Warne selected for the Ashes squad?

  • caleb.moyce - 2013-01-09 21:14

    No matter what, England need KP to pose a threat, KP You are awesome!

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