Crisis in English cricket January 8, 2009

Pietersen keeps quiet

Cricinfo staff

Kevin Pietersen made no comment as he raced through Heathrow airport © Getty Images
Kevin Pietersen has said he will spend some time out of the spotlight before responding to the recent events which led to him quitting as England captain, although his representatives said he remains fully committed to the tour of West Indies.

Pietersen arrived back from South Africa on Thursday morning, a few hours before Andrew Strauss was officially unveiled as captain. He had released a statement yesterday, shortly before boarding his flight in Durban, announcing his decision to step down after just five months in charge but will wait before making any further comments.

"In light of recent events between the ECB and myself, I'm going to take some time out to reflect on the situation and spend time with family and friends," he said in a statement. "I will be responding to the current press speculation in due course."

Strauss said he had already spoken to Pietersen a few times since agreeing to take over as captain. "He wished me well. KP has been very supportive so far. Clearly, it is a tough situation for him and I'm sure he has his own side of the story."