London - England director of cricket Andrew Strauss said on Tuesday that Kevin Pietersen was "not part of our plans for the summer", saying there was a "massive trust issue" between the England and Wales Cricket Board and the controversial batsman.
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However, Strauss stopped short of
saying there was no way back into the international set-up for fellow
former England captain Pietersen, adding: "He is not banned from the
side but I can give him no guarantees for the future."
34, England's leading all-time run-scorer across all formats, was sent
into international exile last year following the team's 5-0 Ashes
thrashing in Australia.
But the South Africa-born batsman was
given hope of an international recall when new ECB chairperson Colin Graves
said there could be a way back if he scored enough runs in county
Yet just hours after he made his maiden first-class
triple century for Surrey on Monday, Pietersen was told there was no
prospect of him being selected by England in the immediate future.
England captain, Strauss infamously had his own issues of "trust" with
Pietersen in 2012 when the star batsman sent "provocative" texts
critical of his skipper to opposition South Africa players.
a theme the former opening batsman returned to on Tuesday when, in his
first press conference since being appointed to the director role after
the ECB sacked former managing director Paul Downton, Strauss told Sky
Sports: "I think the first thing to say is that now is the time for
honest conversation about Kevin Pietersen.
"No one is doubting
his ability. His record stacks up and he should be proud of that," added
Strauss, with Pietersen's tally of 23 Test hundreds just shy of the
England record of 26 held by current captain Alastair Cook.
"But over months and years the trust has eroded between him and the ECB and there is a massive trust issue between Kevin and me.
wish that wasn't the case. I'm not apportioning blame -- it's just a
fact," added Strauss, with Pietersen having published an autobiography
last year which was severely critical of many England team-mates and
former coach Andy Flower.
"That is the reality - and because of
that, we've decided it is not in the best short-term interests of the
side for him to be in it," Strauss explained.
"I went to see him
last night to let him know he's not part of our plans for the summer,"
added Strauss as he ruled Pietersen out of the upcoming two-Test series
against New Zealand, which starts next week, or the ensuing Ashes
campaign as well as England's home limited overs internationals in 2015.
is imperative in any team environment. My job is to look to the future
of English cricket and develop a side capable of winning tournaments
over the next four years.
"He (Pietersen) is not barred from playing for England but he is not part of our plans for this summer."
subsequently told Sky he had offered Pietersen a role as an "advisor"
on one-day cricket but that "he didn't feel he was in a position to
Meanwhile Strauss confirmed his support for former
opening partner Cook to continue as Test captain, with rising star Joe
Root to become his vice-captain, while Eoin Morgan would continue as
He added that former Australia fast bowler Jason
Gillespie was "one of the candidates" to replace the sacked Peter Moores
as England coach.
Strauss insisted his would not be a "tracksuit" role but said he had still to decide if he would be a selector.
Strauss was speaking, on the other side of London, Pietersen, 326 not
out overnight, took his score to an unbeaten 355 before Surrey lost
their last wicket in a total of 557 against Leicestershire in a Second
Division County Championship match at The Oval.
play, and before his meeting with Strauss, Pietersen said: "I was told
to score runs, I think I'm scoring runs... I'm dedicated to getting back
my England place.
"I want my England place, and I think I deserve my England place."