Pietersen hits out at politics

KEVIN Pietersen has hinted that dressing-room politics with the England and Wales Cricket Board are behind his raising the possibility of early retirement from Test cricket.

Pietersen admitted that next week’s third Test against South Africa at Lord’s could be his last for England, although the ECB may decide that his farewell appearance came in the draw at Headingley after his outspoken comments.

”All will become clear after the next Test match, I am not going to say any more at this stage,” Pietersen said.

”There are things that I am trying to sort out in the dressing room, but it’s 100 per cent not about money.

”For me, the saddest part about this is that spectators just love watching me play and I love playing for England. But the politics is what I have to deal with personally and it’s tough for me in this dressing room. We will see.”

Pietersen also suggested he was disappointed that confidential details of his negotiations with the ECB over the possibility of being allowed to miss next summer’s Test series against New Zealand to play a full season in the Indian Premier League had become public.

”There’s always speculation. You can read my Twitter feed, you speculate about my life all day every single day,” he said. ”I am going to make some decisions that are going to make me very happy.

”It was blamed on me pre the Test series that I was grabbing headlines.

”Did I leak anything about the meetings I was having with the ECB? I never spoke to the media but it was me grabbing the headlines and journalists talking about me grabbing the headlines.

”I never spoke a single word about anything that happened behind closed doors. So you guys are always going to speculate and make me out to be the bad guy.”

England captain Andrew Strauss refused to be drawn on Pietersen’s comments or whether there was a problem in the England dressing room.

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