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England selector slams Pietersen for Twitter rant

Kevin Pietersen with Geoff Miller (right)

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Kevin Pietersen with Geoff Miller (right)

England national selector Geoff Miller has hit out at Kevin Pietersen following the batsman’s angry outburst on Twitter.

Pietersen revealed he had been omitted from England’s limited overs series against Pakistan on the social networking site, several hours before the England and Wales Cricket Board officially announced the 12-man Twenty20 and 14-man ODI squads on Tuesday afternoon.

He wrote: “Done for the rest of the summer!! Man of the World Cup T20 and dropped from the T20 side too. It’s a ****-up.”

The public outburst has not gone down well with England cricket chiefs and Miller has vowed to hold talks with the 30-year-old to express his anger.

“I don’t like that kind of language and I don’t use that language at all,” said Miller. “I don’t follow twitter and I’m not a great believer in that kind of thing. I don’t think it is necessary.

“I’m still the national selector and we make our decisions honourably for the England cause and we’ll continue to do so. It is not about an individual, it is about the team.

“If Kevin thinks there is a need to apologise then so be it. I will certainly explain to him what my feelings are.

“It is something I could do without and I don’t see where the word accident comes into it. Writing columns in newspapers leaves a player open to making questionable statements and I see this Twitter in the same boat.”

Pietersen will make his Surrey debut against Worcestershire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 at The Oval today, having signed a short-term deal with the county after being left out by England.

And Miller insists it is the right decision to drop Pietersen from international duty, as playing county cricket will give him valuable match practice ahead of the Ashes series this winter.

He added: “We know KP is a high-quality international player. But his form has not been where he would have wanted it to be, so we’ve given him the opportunity to get some middle practice – with the Ashes in mind.”

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