Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has given a heart touching statement after his England career ended. Pietersen and the England cricket board mutually ended his contract earlier this year and the ECB announced that he will not be selected for England again. Pietersen was born and brought up in South Africa but moved to England seeking better opportunities. He was very successful for England, becoming their highest scorer in Tests, ODIs and T20s combined. But recently his form had dropped and hence his international career ended.
Pietersen said, “I will have no anger, no negative thoughts whatsoever when England walk out without me at Lord’s on Thursday to play their first Test since the Ashes. I am grateful for what I have had and moved on with my life. I have scored 13 500 international runs for England and it would be greedy to want more, so I am at peace with everything. I wish my friends in the England team well.”
He added, “In fact, it has been a relief to be out of the dressing room because it was not a pleasant place in Australia. We were losing and in my opinion the environment was poor, and I was not alone in thinking that. It is a view shared by a number of the players who have spoken their minds since coming back from the tour. But my relationship with the other players was fine. We had an incredible tour on and off the field. I was helping all the bowlers out with their batting, and the night we lost 5-0 we were all having a drink in the bar together with our wives and girlfriends, which proves all was OK between us and still is.”
He concluded, “It was really hard for the England team to go to Australia and defend the Ashes just weeks after winning at home. The senior players were tired and it soon became a really long grind against an Australian side who had their backs up in their own country. Australia knew they came close to winning here. The 3-0 defeat in England last year was not a true reflection of that series in terms of the way they played their cricket and we played ours, so I knew it was going to be a tight return contest and we were not equipped to handle it. Johnson‘s bowling was the best and most aggressive I have seen during my career, and I told him so at the end of the test series when we shared a beer.”