Former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen has announced the end of his career in County cricket. The right-hander made an announcement on Twitter after his team Surrey lost in the quarter final against Warwickshire in NatWest T20 Blast this Friday. Due to injuries, he could participate only in a couple of matches. His last appearance was on 19th July against Essex where he helped his side win with a Man of the Match performance
His tweet read, “Surrey’s loss last night means the end of career in England. What an amazing journey. Thank you, Notts, Hants, Surrey, ECB & supporters!.” He thanked his supporters and the clubs that he was associated with for the continuous support.
Here’s Kevin Pietersen’s tweet
The South African born cricketer played for England across all formats and was one of the best to have represented the country. He made a stunning entry into international cricket during the Ashes 2005 where he played a key role in England winning the series.
For a number of years, he remained the premier batsman of the side and later, went on to captain the England team as well. He played 104 Tests, 136 ODIs and 37 T20Is for England. He accounted for 8181 runs in Test cricket at an average of 47.28 to go with 4440 runs in ODIs at an average of 40.73. He also played a key role in England’s triumph in the 2009 ICC World T20.
An unfortunate end to international career
Where he burst onto the scene in an Ashes series, another one marked an end to his international career. When the Australian side decimated the Englishmen in the 2013 series, popular for the devastation caused by Mitchell Johnson, England lost by a massive margin of 5-0.
Although none of the batsmen really contributed a lot in that series, Pietersen was made the scapegoat and had to suffer the burden of the loss as he was removed from the side and then, never got a chance to play for the country.
Pietersen continued playing different T20 leagues around the world like IPL, CPL, BBL. Now, with the end of his career in England, it remains to be seen where else he would continue playing now.