Pietersen commits future to England

Kevin Pietersen

England star Kevin Pietersen unreservedly committed his future to England, just days after dropping a bombshell by suggesting that the third and final Test against South Africa might be his last.

In an interview posted on YouTube Pietersen insisted: "I want to commit to all forms of cricket for England, because I love playing cricket for England.

Pietersen said he wanted to provide "confirmation and clarity" regarding his situation.

"It would be really sad to end a career like this so sitting down with my family, my advisers and my close friends we've decided and I've decided that it would be a lot better to finish my career for England on a positive note rather than one that's being developed at the moment."

On Monday he had stated: "I can't rule out that my next Test may be my last," after winning the man of the match award in the drawn second Test at Headingley after a superb innings of 149, which he followed up by taking three wickets.

On Saturday, he made a volte-face, saying he had recognised he realised his love for the international game was too great to let it go and said his earlier comments had been misguided.

"There was a press conference that I did Monday night which I didn't handle the right way. I was very emotional. I am who I am in terms of shooting from the hip occasionally. I bat like that - I bowled like that last week! I do make mistakes."

Pietersen added that the dressing room mood had been "sorted out" after a "really really good long chat" to an unnamed team mate on Friday.

"We went through everything . we went through differences, we went through loads of different things and I actually finished that conversation a very happy bloke and somebody who cannot wait to meet up with team on Tuesday," said Pietersen.

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