Could England be about to lose KP?

August 8, 2012 at 8:46 am Leave a comment

There appears to be the very real possibility that England could go into next year’s Ashes series against Australia without the services of Kevin Pietersen, a development that will give fans placing a bet on cricket something to ponder.

The mercurial batsman admitted that he is unsure whether he will continue playing for England in the Test side, insisting a decision would be made following the conclusion of the ongoing series against South Africa.

Pietersen made the announcement at the end of the second Test, in which his sensational innings of 149 secured a draw for England against a rampant South African side.

The innings was classic Pietersen, with the batsman attacking the ferocious Proteas pace attack without fear or concern, proving he is still one of the world’s most creative and powerful batsmen.

“I can’t give any assurances [that the next Test will not be his last].I love playing Test cricket, but there are obstacles and I’ll decide what happens at the end of the next Test.

“It’s absolutely 100% not about money. There are clear things that I’m discussing, but there are other issues that need to be sorted.”

The comments pointing towards money comes following reports that Pietersen was keen to continue playing Test match cricket but only on the proviso that he would be released for the full duration of the IPL.

Playing the Twenty20 tournament would see Pietersen miss next year’s series against New Zealand, going against the ECB’s view on their players missing international duty to play in the IPL.

Whatever the outcome of Pietersen’s decision, the fact remains that England are a much more beatable side without the big-hitting batsman in the side, giving the Aussies a huge boost, as they prepare to try and regain their hold on the famous urn.

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