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Sunday, 07 January 2018 - 15:21
Kevin Pietersen to retire from cricket!
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Kevin Pietersen says he will retire from the Big Bash League at the end of the season.

The Englishman said he had told club powerbrokers this would be his final summer as he prepares to retire from cricket across the world.

“I won’t be playing next season,” Pietersen, 37, said last night.

“I’m done. I’m done and dusted playing days.

Pietersen has committed to playing in the Pakistan Super League and Cricket South Africa’s tournament in 2018.

While that will be the end of Pietersen the player, he is expected to return to Australia next summer in media roles.

Pietersen also wants to stay involved with the Stars, where he has batted for four seasons.

The South African-born Pietersen was an Ashes hero for England, and arguably his country's finest batsman over an eventful decade in the national set-up.

England's fifth highest Test run scorer (8181 runs), Pietersen played the last of his 104 Tests in the Ashes whitewash four years ago, after which he was cut loose by national selectors.

It was the culmination of an at-times controversial international career, which featured several notable falling outs with key England personnel, and a brief stint as captain.

Since exiting the international game Pietersen has become a T20 freelancer, playing in leagues around the world.

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