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Pietersen axed by England for rest of Pakistan series

Kevin Pietersen has angrily announced on Twitter that he has been dropped from England’s squad for the Twenty20 and one-day internationals against Pakistan.

The 30-year-old batsman was Player of the Tournament when England captured the World Twenty20 crown in May.

But he has struggled for form since then and has managed just one half century all summer, with an unconvincing 80 in the second Test against Pakistan.

Pietersen has now revealed on his Twitter account that he has been omitted from the England squad to play Pakistan in the Twenty20 series, starting this Sunday, and the subsequent five one-dayers.

“Done for rest of summer!! Man of the World Cup T20 and dropped from the T20 side too. Its a f**k up!!” wrote Pietersen, though he has since deleted the post.

The ECB will officially announce the England squad this evening and Pietersen is likely to be punished for disclosing his axeing prematurely.

The South African-born star could, however, be back in action very soon as talkSPORT understands he is set to join Surrey and is line to make his debut on Wednesday in a Clydesdale Bank 40 clash with Worcestershire.

Pietersen, who has previously been warned by Andy Flower he must join a new county or he may not be allowed to play for England, is believed to have agreed a short-term move to Surrey, in a bid to gain valuable playing time ahead of this winter’s Ashes tour.


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