ICC World Twenty20 2012 August 20, 2012

Pietersen set to miss World Twenty20 squad

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Less than 24 hours after seeing their No. 1 Test ranking slip away England will name their squads for the World Twenty20 and the one-day series against South Africa. Kevin Pietersen, the focus of so much attention over the last few weeks, is not expected to be among the names chosen.

There remains a huge amount of work to do between Pietersen and the ECB to create a path for his return to international cricket after his omission from the final Test against South Africa. There remains uncertainty over when the two sides will meet and while Pietersen's relationship with Andrew Strauss has the been the focus of the attention, the teams in the next few weeks will be led by England's other captains, Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad.

When the selectors sat down to pick the World Twenty20 squad two weeks ago Pietersen was officially retired from limited-overs international cricket, only to announce, via YouTube, that he was now available for all formats the day before he was dropped from the Test side.

England had started the process of moving on from Pietersen with Ian Bell slotting in at the top of the 50-over side and Alex Hales making 99 against West Indies at Trent Bridge in the T20I. The Twenty20 side would clearly be stronger with Pietersen included - his Man-of-the-Tournament display in the Caribbean was stunning - but the selectors would have been loath to ditch Hales.

England's batting, though, faces a mighty challenge in Sri Lanka in conditions that will test their techniques against spin, which remains the weaker suit. The rest of the batting order will have to be at the peak of their powers to compensate for the loss of Pietersen. Eoin Morgan becomes a key figure, a player with a similar X-factor quality to Pietersen who can turn a game in an instant.

The other issue the selectors have to decide on is Ravi Bopara, who has just returned to action following his personal problems, having earlier in the season cemented his one-day place with a strong series against Australia. He has a month to get back into cricket before the tournament - there may be consideration to leaving him out of the one-day series against South Africa - but England do not want to be left with any last-minute dramas to solve if his issues reoccur. The ECB is likely to have checked with the ICC if they would be allowed a replacement.

Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler are likely to make up the middle-order batting options while there could be a vacancy for a player able to fill a variety of roles if injury or illness occurred. As a batsman Bell fills the remit, but someone like Luke Wright would give full all-round options and the experience of having been part of the 2010 success. In that regard, do not discount Michael Lumb from discussions after his move to Nottinghamshire sparked his career, which had slumped following his brief England spell.

The bowling attack poses fewer issues with most names nailed on although James Anderson faces a nervous wait having not been regular in Twenty20 cricket. Chris Woakes, the Warwickshire allrounder, has pushed his claims recently while Surrey's Stuart Meaker could be an outside chance. Back-up, or support, for Graeme Swann will be required even though Samit Patel will be the second spinner. In a tournament environment experience is important so that could earn James Tredwell the nod ahead of Danny Briggs.

Possible World Twenty20 squad Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Samit Patel, Luke Wright, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn, James Tredwell, Jade Dernbach

Possible ODI squad Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Jade Dernbach

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    I too agree that KP would find it hard to play under Stuart Broad. But I might ask "Does SB deserve to be captaining the T20. ". He seems to be untouchable after being a very naughty boy. Without KP England will struggle . Who will increase the run rate . That was what made KP so brilliant playing T20. There is no one else who can do it.

  • POSTED BY Tapash on | August 21, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    I strongly believe, bad time for English started. They are out from Test Ranking # 1 and now in t20 world cup they will seriously suffer. KP is a great player, we respect him. He is better cricketer compare to any player in English team. We pray for him.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | August 21, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Its Just Like Australia threw out Andrew Symonds a few years back. ======== He was thrown out because of his off field conduct and total lack of professionalism. The ECB have got what they wanted - and England are a much more mediocre side as a result

  • POSTED BY Prats6 on | August 21, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Yes, team is greater than individuals. But all problem seems to stem from the fact that KP is born in SA and has to keep constantly prove he is actually English, while others who are not half as good as him get to lecture him about team ethics. Chuck Poms, Join the Springboks !

  • POSTED BY PanGlupek on | August 21, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    It's really not in anybody's interest for KP not to be playing this series, except maybe England's opposition. Neutrals, sponsors, England & KP himself would all be better off if he got picked. Saying that, it seems totally untenable at the moment, so fair play to England for taking a brave decision (not that his replacements have done badly in any of the 3 formats so far).

    @oldpunk: hahaha, yep, he'd still be the best spinner in India in 4 years time, would be a good career move for him! Mind you, if Hampshire is too far away from his house in West London....

  • POSTED BY Aussiesfalling on | August 21, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    If Matt Prior is not in the squad that would be a travesty. He got injured at the start of the 1st T20 WC in south Africa, he was left out of the squad at the last minute for the 2nd in England and left out at the last minute for the 3rd in the West Indies. He has been the most explosive T20 batter in this season's domestic T20 and his confidence in an england shirt right now is sky high.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | August 21, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    @200ondebut, actually I think you'll find that KP is his own worst enemy, and it didnt stop KP playing under broad for the last year or so in T20's. The other factor is that Jimmy A will probably not play in the T20WC and Swann is mst likely doubtful as he needs to have an operation on his right elbow and England will want that to happen before the India tour in Nov/Dec.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    leaving out kp would be brave,but would be unfortunate too.team spirit is important to the game,but it's only a game at the end of the day and that's the important thing to realise.kp's fraternizing with the enemy and his supposedly derogatory remarks against his captain,might be mistakes when considered from an insular viewpoint of sports professionalism and ethics,but who he befriends,texts or what's the content of those messages shouldn't be a business of the ecb or andy flower or anyone else,could be strauss's business but I see little coming from his side.you can't have every joe or harry like you or do as you wish,and occasionally you do meet people who are on your team but are intractable.as a coach,as a captain,it's your job to see how you get the best of their unruliness.failure of management is quite obvious here.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | August 21, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    @SriVathsa Cm: hahahaha... couldn't stop laughing from all that sarcasm !! :xD I mean really... KP is such a brilliant player. He will be missed come the World T20 in September. But got to say the other day was a shocker as KP got a duck against former county Hampshire... felt bad for the guy.

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | August 21, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Of course KP is going to be excluded. There is no way he could play under Broad - whose flat mate derided him with information that could only have come from within the dressing room - and who condone and revelled in this derision by following the feed.

    Broad is one the of key reasons for the disharmony - along with is playmates Swan and Anderson.

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    I too agree that KP would find it hard to play under Stuart Broad. But I might ask "Does SB deserve to be captaining the T20. ". He seems to be untouchable after being a very naughty boy. Without KP England will struggle . Who will increase the run rate . That was what made KP so brilliant playing T20. There is no one else who can do it.

  • POSTED BY Tapash on | August 21, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    I strongly believe, bad time for English started. They are out from Test Ranking # 1 and now in t20 world cup they will seriously suffer. KP is a great player, we respect him. He is better cricketer compare to any player in English team. We pray for him.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | August 21, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Its Just Like Australia threw out Andrew Symonds a few years back. ======== He was thrown out because of his off field conduct and total lack of professionalism. The ECB have got what they wanted - and England are a much more mediocre side as a result

  • POSTED BY Prats6 on | August 21, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Yes, team is greater than individuals. But all problem seems to stem from the fact that KP is born in SA and has to keep constantly prove he is actually English, while others who are not half as good as him get to lecture him about team ethics. Chuck Poms, Join the Springboks !

  • POSTED BY PanGlupek on | August 21, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    It's really not in anybody's interest for KP not to be playing this series, except maybe England's opposition. Neutrals, sponsors, England & KP himself would all be better off if he got picked. Saying that, it seems totally untenable at the moment, so fair play to England for taking a brave decision (not that his replacements have done badly in any of the 3 formats so far).

    @oldpunk: hahaha, yep, he'd still be the best spinner in India in 4 years time, would be a good career move for him! Mind you, if Hampshire is too far away from his house in West London....

  • POSTED BY Aussiesfalling on | August 21, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    If Matt Prior is not in the squad that would be a travesty. He got injured at the start of the 1st T20 WC in south Africa, he was left out of the squad at the last minute for the 2nd in England and left out at the last minute for the 3rd in the West Indies. He has been the most explosive T20 batter in this season's domestic T20 and his confidence in an england shirt right now is sky high.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | August 21, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    @200ondebut, actually I think you'll find that KP is his own worst enemy, and it didnt stop KP playing under broad for the last year or so in T20's. The other factor is that Jimmy A will probably not play in the T20WC and Swann is mst likely doubtful as he needs to have an operation on his right elbow and England will want that to happen before the India tour in Nov/Dec.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    leaving out kp would be brave,but would be unfortunate too.team spirit is important to the game,but it's only a game at the end of the day and that's the important thing to realise.kp's fraternizing with the enemy and his supposedly derogatory remarks against his captain,might be mistakes when considered from an insular viewpoint of sports professionalism and ethics,but who he befriends,texts or what's the content of those messages shouldn't be a business of the ecb or andy flower or anyone else,could be strauss's business but I see little coming from his side.you can't have every joe or harry like you or do as you wish,and occasionally you do meet people who are on your team but are intractable.as a coach,as a captain,it's your job to see how you get the best of their unruliness.failure of management is quite obvious here.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | August 21, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    @SriVathsa Cm: hahahaha... couldn't stop laughing from all that sarcasm !! :xD I mean really... KP is such a brilliant player. He will be missed come the World T20 in September. But got to say the other day was a shocker as KP got a duck against former county Hampshire... felt bad for the guy.

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | August 21, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Of course KP is going to be excluded. There is no way he could play under Broad - whose flat mate derided him with information that could only have come from within the dressing room - and who condone and revelled in this derision by following the feed.

    Broad is one the of key reasons for the disharmony - along with is playmates Swan and Anderson.

  • POSTED BY wakaPAK on | August 21, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    I think ECB and english media has made a big deal out of it.... It wouldnt have been a problem if Petersen was not SA borned.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    ECB: Lossing in Asia is not new to us, lets keep up the trend.! Why change the trend by including players like KP, who by playing IPL has mastered subcontinent conditions and is one of the most dangerous batsman in all formats and conditions.! Lets also seriously think about leaving out Bopara & Patel also, that way we can achieve 1st round exit(Eventhough loosing against Afghanistan in group stage is not that easy it can still be achieved by combined efforts from selectors, management and some dummy overrated players!)!! ☚ ☟ ☝ ☛ ☠ ☠

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 21, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Can KP stay out of the news for ONE day? Had to laugh though, a duck in his relegation match (a T20), & he got cheered off by his former club's fans - priceless!

  • POSTED BY manav599 on | August 21, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    If Pieterson is excluded, it will be a brave descision. It should Teach all cricketers a lesson that team is above individuals and cricket is a team game. You may be most talented but still team spirit is necessary. Its Just Like Australia threw out Andrew Symonds a few years back.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    @Oldpunk I can understand your agony after losing number 1 ststus, you are definatly a english fan. Pietersen will never get a chance to play for India even if he qualifies to play. We are not looking at imported talent like ENGLAND even our bowling is worst in the world. We are not ECB. This what happen when you trade players like clubs use to do.

  • POSTED BY Jack_Tka on | August 21, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    I had recently seen the Smith interview in Skysports website. What he said that there was nothing derogatory in KP's message and that he is surprised that this issue has been blown out of proportion and that people are still discussing it.

  • POSTED BY Jack_Tka on | August 21, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    T20 WC is happening in Sub-continent. Someone in the comments section has already mentioned missing : Owasis Shah. Owasis in sub-continent could've been very dangerous for the opposition if anybody has seen him playing in IPL. KP has already lost respect from my side and so does the ECB. What we are seeing is that when two egotists meet, the result can be quite hazardous for the common good.

  • POSTED BY Knowledge_Speaks on | August 21, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Strauss means Clarke!! Only focusing relations with the Selectors/Managment. No matter if team's performance is effected. KP is Ketich is Gayle.

  • POSTED BY Oldpunk on | August 21, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Prediction: If KP plays Test Cricket for England again, then Andy Flower will coach the Australian Test side.

  • POSTED BY Oldpunk on | August 21, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Maybe KP should relocate to India. Satisfy the 4 year qualification period, then turn out for India in Tests, ODIs and T20. While serving the 4 year qualification period he could play IPL and BBL and other T20 domestic leagues. He could spend most of his time in Sth Africa and spend a minimum amount of time in India - shooting TV commercials and Bollywood flicks.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    English cricket is moving towards a corporate attitude - where an executive team determines how it should operate, a finance team decides how it should generate revenue, a ethics team which undermines how everyone should behave etc. Nobody wants talent and have no idea to groom them. A cricketer articulating himself is better than a cricketer of immense of talent ... shame ... we are going to see more silent cricketers misbehaving discretely ... rather than real cricketers on the field.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | August 21, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    @LeelHallam: Well Indians ADORE Kevin because he's pretty much the ONLY 'English' batsman who can make a mockery of subcontinental conditions. KP has won over our hearts through his free flowing approach to the art of batting. It was KP that saved your team from the jaws of defeat against SL. If you remember properly, it was KP who scored a magnificent hundred in Mohali versus India (2008) in the second test that earned England a draw. Those were few occasions. Many times he has scored big for England. His performances in the world T20 title victory should be fresh in many English supporters' minds. I wouldn't say English cricket is doomed without KP, but you will surely miss out on an illustrious player.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    I am a true West Indian....Jamaican....without KP England will struggle. why boards accross the world are targetting key players and giving them trouble. This is why they are loosing like the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | August 21, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    lol Feeling for England. ..............

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | August 21, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    @Masking_Tape: This is the problem with some of you KP detractors. Now, I know KP didn't do any good for his reputation by all those texts and negative attitude, but the fact remains he has been a MAJOR 'x' factor in England's line up. It was cause of KP England managed to win the World T20. I know there were other players but KP stood out. KP is pretty much the ONLY player that performs decently in almost every condition. Without him in the squad, England would do well to come out of the group stages in Sri Lanka. They simply lack that extra fire power in the batting to score big and successfully chase stiff targets. Speaking of Indians, we love and admire KP because of his talent. Yes, we do understand he can be a hard individual but he has earned the right to consideration and attention from the ECB. The ECB are being equally egoistic and hard on him. KP loves India and the IPL but I am sure his heart lies with England. I think he deserves another chance.

  • POSTED BY DirkL on | August 21, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    England without KP is like ragan josh without chillies, just a bland stew of inoffensive ingredients.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | August 21, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    KP OR WITHOUT KP . THIS ENGLAND SIDE IS NOT GOING TO WIN T20 WC THIS TIME . BECAUSE IT IS HELD IN SUBCONTINENT . ENG RECORD IN SUBCONTINENT IS ALWAYS BELOW PAR . I THINK THE SEMIFINALISTS WILL BE SRI LANKA , INDIA , WEST INDIES , SA/ PAK .

  • POSTED BY Caje77 on | August 21, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    The t20 word cup should be interesting especially if u see the two stadiums in which the games are gong to be played are drastically different.England would prefer to play in Pallekele rather than Premadasa whether there has been movement of seam and good bounce.Kp will not be selected that is for sure but i am sure he will be back for India Test.Key player for england will be Middle order of bairstow,butler,bopara,morgan.Also drop kieswetter as keeper for butler and add Luke wright as opener with Hales and the choice for no.7 goes between Samit patel and Bresnan/Finn.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    The torrent of comments supporting KP, especially from fellow Indians, goes to show the culture of 'idol' worship, not of the religious nature, but almost similar, prevalent in the sub-continent. Indians love cricket a lot, but cricketers, much more. We make Gods of singular performance artists, especially in cricket, which is probably the only sport which we excel at, or, have excelled at, for quite a length of time.

    In their opinion, if Sachin is the God of Cricket, KP is for English cricket. But you guys don't understand the fundamental difference. Sachin never, and I mean NEVER, sparks controversy of the nature KP has, either on or off the field. In fact, he shuns and BOLTs, pun intended, as far away as possible from them. He's never rebelled against the system. Protested, yes, in a democratic way, with tons of support, and got things worked out by being within the system and oiling it enough (and I don't mean bribing up) so everything works out smoothly for everyone. Contd..

  • POSTED BY ARJa on | August 21, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    I think the problem is illuminated by the fact that England lost to RSA. It is almost as if they are arguing that KP being in the team resulted in the other players are not performing. The truth is, since 2005 England has played really well and their improvement was largely attributed to 2 players. KP and Flintoff. Those two played real aggressive cricket unlike the timid English approach in the 1990s and early 2000s which so them continually loose to Australia even though on paper the two teams were pretty close. Now the same man whose done so much to help England rise is the problem? May be if England could stop playing foreigners in their test team things would change. But then again, Strauss, Trott and Pietersen will all have to play for RSA and England would be as pathetic as before. Lets face it. They were bad. So they need foreigners to win for them. When the expats became out of control, Eng can't handle it because they didn't come through the system. So sad.

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | August 21, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    @ashes61, i am agree with your comment, No player is bigger than the team, if he tries to do that it may lead to debacle of the team and of himself. It will be betterif England plays Rookie guy in place of him and better have unity in team. Bairstow if given chances for atleast 3-4 test series he will improve alot and will gain a lot of confidence, he looks future of England Batting with Taylor, Root, and Buttler in same Ranks.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | August 21, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    @gunjannp, no the didnt, I suggest you read a book called "the Plan" by steve james, its very enlightening. If anything Nass and Fletcher changed english cricket into the team that it became. Flintoff was at best a bit part player, an in the least 3 years kp has made maybe 7 significant knocks (including Adelaide 2010, Lords & oval 2011, SL 2012, and Headingly 2012) in 40 tests. Its also not just one bad behaviour,firstly he resigned from all ODI's and T20's, then he threw his toys out of the pram doing a WG grace (People are only here to watch me bat) and then when you text the opposition calling your captian a vulgar word, and telling the opposition about team tactics, you have to be censured.

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | August 21, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    To add to my previous posted comment, stop brining up his performances and what not. This has NOTHING to do with that. It's a disciplinary issue. I think ashes61 summed it up pretty well. As much as I'd like to see one of my favorite players play INT cricket, I have to ditto his points. (Also I'm not an Indian/English. I'm merely a 3rd party, speaking from a while different pov)

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | August 21, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    lol @ all these Indian fans rooting for KP. KP got them good. While Chris Gayle's treatment was harsh and unnecessary, with K, it's a whole different story. He can't just wish to play w/e he wants while everyone else in the team has to follow the orders. That's not fair to the others. No one's bigger than the game. No one. KP should just quite ECB and play for IPL, hell even consider playing under BCCI. Lets see how the Indians deal with him then...

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    I'm Disappointed KP is not there.but with England not doing well at all.i won't watch them play world T20.so i' not Disappointed anymore

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    VERY HAPPY THAT KP IS NOT IN THE WORLD T2O... NO GAME FOR ENGLAND IN THIS YEARS T20'S!! MAY AFGHAN CAN BEAT ENGLAND EASILY!! WITHOUT KP ENGLISH LIKE SINGLISH!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    KP number 1 ranked in T20 when he retired man of the tournament in last T20 world cup ...its not rocket science that England should pick him will they?? Will they hell!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    the only batsman in england is kp who is capable of wining the match .he s the only one who can single handedly change the situation .before him english team never won a title and after his inclusion eng became a powerful team and his presence in the team put a pressure on the other side .he is the best player and should be included in the sqaud .drop straus manager coach every one but not your key player

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | August 21, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    @LeeHallam We love KP because he is the kind of fighter that any cricket lover will have to admire. I was stunned by the way he turned the second test on its head and predicted that Eng have a fair chance of squaring the series. And what do they do? Drop him and lose. 55 runs were needed of 20 over a 40 -ball 50 like Bairstow would have been enough to choke SA into submission, especially with the Bairstow rampage at the other end!

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | August 21, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    Amazing! Or perhaps predictable? The potential ENG T20 squad is mentioned & a rash of comments from IND bring up the name of Pietersen, & ENG's supposedly mistaken policy of omitting him. Concurrently, any England follower's posts are, virtually to a man, of the opposite view. Again & again our IND friends say ENG have no chance of retaining the trophy without Pietersen. That may well be true or not (the tournament is a lottery inasmuch as almost any team could win) but it clearly isn't understood on the sub-continent (apart perhaps by truly genuine cricket lovers) that whether ENG's team is strengthened or weakened by his omission is simply irrelevant.We really do not care! KP is history - unless some mountain is moved somewhere during the next few months, he has little or no chance of appearing in an ENG shirt before, say, 2013 at the earliest in any form of cricket. I suspect 90%+ of ENG followers NEVER wish to see him represent us again.And it has NOTHING to do with being S African

  • POSTED BY gunjannp on | August 20, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    kp has done a lot for english cricket , so i think he should be given chance to prove himself.it was KP and FLINTOFF who brought drastic change to english cricket in terms of wining matches. so i think kp's good efforts should not be blinded because of his one bad behaviour.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | August 20, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Without KP, England will struggle in T20 and the media value will be much lower too. He is THE super star in the team and a way should be found to settle the differences. I am sure the problem is a two way thing.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    A question for ECB..... Who WON them World T20 2009? Answer Please ...........

  • POSTED BY NaniIndCri on | August 20, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Still cannot understand what has KP's issue with Strauss to do with T20 team selection. Everyone can clearly see who has bigger ego. Anyway without him Eng heading towards massive embarrassment in subcontinent (both India tests and T20 world cup).

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    I personally feel that KP hasn't got the psychological make up to be team player. This is not the first time we are seeing this row. I would like to see a consolidated good team England rather than KP hit & miss as a batsman.

  • POSTED BY NaniIndCri on | August 20, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    @LeeHallam May be in England, in spinning tracks England is miserable without him. Indians love him because he's the only England player that can bat in sub-continent.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    English cricket disrupted by a flare up between two South Africans.What a farce.KP was planted by us to and it worked.English radar did not pick him up

  • POSTED BY LeeHallam on | August 20, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    No, Kevin Pietersen is not England! He is a very talented batsmen, but strangely whenever he is missing someone else fills the gap he leaves. He was injured in 2009, England won without him. He retired from one day and 20 20 cricket, and his replacements; Hales and Bell starred. He was dropped for this test and Bairstow scored 150 runs in the match. He is high maintainance, disruptive and over the last three years has only been England's fourth best batsmen statisticaly. His only backers seem to be from India, how long would he have to live in India to play for them?

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    Well, now I can easily predict the results of next 5 T20s without KP; 1) Eng vs SA: 0 - 3; 2) Sept 21, win of Afghanistan & 3) Sept 23, win of India. Shame!

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    KP is one of the best T20 batsmen in the world. Going into the World T20 without him is crazy. Lots of teams have players that don't get along, be a professional and get on with the job.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    A radical change is required. KP captain, manager and coach and everyone else must bow in his presence.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    Pietersen plays for Pietersen. The rest of the squad play for their country and each other. One selfish player isn't worth sacrificing the team ethic.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Prior should get a recall to ODI...He is both a better keeper than Keiswetter, and a better batsman.

  • POSTED BY Chris.Maverick.McFly on | August 20, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Looks like ECB is reluctant to learn from the 3rd test drama - with KP they would have had a fair chance to square series and stay at top. Damage is already done and still taking chances to without KP is ridiculous.

    No wonder England will struggle even against Bangladesh on Sri Lankan pitch. KP who can negotiate spin very well and can resurrect the team from difficult conditions is left.

    Defending Champions wont be able to defend the coveted title this time around.

    2010 - Title winning was turning point for ECB and this could very well be the turning for ECB - to keep tasting the failures in the times to come......

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    It's ridiculous why England never considers the T20 specialists Owasis Shah & Dmitri Mascrenhas.

  • POSTED BY Blindedview on | August 20, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    England's squad ideally should be-Kevin pietersen, Craig Kieswetter, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Samit Patel, chris woakes, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, stuart meaker, Steven Finn, James Tredwell, michael lumb.

    final 11-lumb,kieswetter,pietersen,bairstow,butler,morgan,patel,woakes,swann,broad,bresnan!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Kevin is England and England is kevin........Without kevin Eglish cricket will die naturally.

  • POSTED BY MrMankad on | August 20, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    No KP? Ok, forget about winning then. As simple as that.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    England is gonna lose heavily without Pietersen...

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    KP to never play for England again in ANY cricket please...

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    its ridiculous.................

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  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    its ridiculous.................

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    KP to never play for England again in ANY cricket please...

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    England is gonna lose heavily without Pietersen...

  • POSTED BY MrMankad on | August 20, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    No KP? Ok, forget about winning then. As simple as that.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Kevin is England and England is kevin........Without kevin Eglish cricket will die naturally.

  • POSTED BY Blindedview on | August 20, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    England's squad ideally should be-Kevin pietersen, Craig Kieswetter, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Samit Patel, chris woakes, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, stuart meaker, Steven Finn, James Tredwell, michael lumb.

    final 11-lumb,kieswetter,pietersen,bairstow,butler,morgan,patel,woakes,swann,broad,bresnan!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    It's ridiculous why England never considers the T20 specialists Owasis Shah & Dmitri Mascrenhas.

  • POSTED BY Chris.Maverick.McFly on | August 20, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Looks like ECB is reluctant to learn from the 3rd test drama - with KP they would have had a fair chance to square series and stay at top. Damage is already done and still taking chances to without KP is ridiculous.

    No wonder England will struggle even against Bangladesh on Sri Lankan pitch. KP who can negotiate spin very well and can resurrect the team from difficult conditions is left.

    Defending Champions wont be able to defend the coveted title this time around.

    2010 - Title winning was turning point for ECB and this could very well be the turning for ECB - to keep tasting the failures in the times to come......

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Prior should get a recall to ODI...He is both a better keeper than Keiswetter, and a better batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    Pietersen plays for Pietersen. The rest of the squad play for their country and each other. One selfish player isn't worth sacrificing the team ethic.