Sport Kevin Pietersen to retire from all forms of cricket

06:15  07 january  2018
06:15  07 january  2018 Source:   Sydney Morning Herald

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Kevin Pietersen has announced he will retire from all forms of cricket within a year.© Wayne Ludbey Kevin Pietersen has announced he will retire from all forms of cricket within a year.

Kevin Pietersen has announced he will retire from all forms of cricket within a year.

Speaking after the Melbourne Stars lost their fourth straight game to start the Big Bash League season, the England Test great was asked whether he had given any thought to whether he would return to the club next summer, with his current contract expiring at the end of this season.

Pietersen, 37, was definitive. "I won't be playing next season," he said. "I'm done."

Pietersen said he made the decision recently.

"I think everybody knows that you come to the end of your time and stuff so for me you get to that time in your career where you just think, 'Do I want this?'

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Kevin Pietersen has announced he will retire from all forms of cricket within a year. Speaking after the Melbourne Stars lost their fourth straight game to start the Big Bash League season

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"I want it desperately at the moment, but I don't think I'll want it in 10 months' time."

Pietersen said he would play the forthcoming Pakistan Super League and the Twenty20 tournament in South Africa next summer, but would be done by late 2018.

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He also said an ankle injury suffered in the loss to the Renegades was not serious and he was hopeful of playing against Adelaide on Tuesday night.

Kevin Pietersen remains upbeat about the Stars' prospects despite their winless season so far.© Julian Smith Kevin Pietersen remains upbeat about the Stars' prospects despite their winless season so far. 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, including with the Stars, where he is playing his fourth season.

He said he would consider continuing working as a commentator, work he said he enjoyed, and added he would "love to" continue in some form with the Stars.

"This franchise has been so good for me at the end of my career. I've loved every single day that I've been in Melbourne."

Despite the side being winless, Pietersen remained upbeat about the Stars' prospects of turning things around.

"I've been in the darkest of times in my career, and I've never, ever, ever not committed to trying to win."

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