Wednesday, 13 May 2015 - 8:42
No Pietersen return - Strauss
Andrew Strauss, newly in place as England's director of cricket, has seemingly ended Kevin Pietersen's international career for a second time by ruling out a recall on the grounds of a lack of trust.
While Strauss claimed that Pietersen was "not banned", he said the batsman - England's leading run-scorer across all formats - would not be considered for selection during the forthcoming Ashes summer.
Having made a magnificent unbeaten triple-hundred for Surrey on Monday, Pietersen provided further fuel for those demanding he be recalled, saying: "I want my England place and I deserve my England place."
But Strauss and the ECB's chief executive, Tom Harrison, met with Pietersen hours later to inform him that there was no way back, despite Colin Graves' remarks that if he scored runs in county cricket the selectors "can't ignore him".
Meanwhile, since Andrew Strauss confirmed that the batsman did not figure in England's plans, Pietersen will fly out to India on Friday, to fulfill his obligations for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the latter stages of the IPL.