Andrew Strauss stays mum over Kevin Pietersen retirement speculation

Kevin Pietersen said that he may retire from Test cricket after the final Test against South Africa but refused to divulge the reasons for the same Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 7, 2012

England captain Andrew Strauss has refused to comment on star batsman Kevin Pietersen s explosive press conference at the end of the second match where he stated he doesn t rule out retirement from Test cricket.

Strauss, who was absent from Pietersen s conference attended another conference said,”I don’t want to comment on what Kevin may or may not have said.

“I’m happy to talk about how amazingly well he played in this Test match. It was one of the best innings I have seen him play.

“What he may or may not have said is not for me to comment on at this stage.”

Pietersen had earlier said that he may retire from Test cricket after the final Test against South Africa but refused to divulge the reasons for the same.

He was quoted by PTI as saying, “I can’t rule out that my next Test may be my last.”

Pietersen this week moved up in the ICC Rankings for batsmen after his brilliant knock of 149 in the first innings of the second Test against South Africa at Headingley.

The star batsman had already announced retirement from One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and T20 cricket. However, he opted to continue play Test cricket for England, amidst reports that he might decline the national contracts due next month to be able to participate in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).

He further added, “That is two of many points,” he said. “But they’re not the main two points. Let’s make that very clear, there are other points I am trying to sort out in the dressing room.

“There are a lot of other issues. It’s absolutely 100 percent not a money issue. You’ll find out soon enough, not tonight. It will be a lot clearer after the next Test match.”

The outspoken cricketer said the decision could be taken as he is frustrated with the politics involved in the English cricket, albeit he loves playing Test cricket.

He said, “I love playing Test cricket for England,” he told reporters. “The saddest part for me is that the spectators just love watching me play and I love playing for England but the politics is what I have to deal with personally.

“It’s tough for me playing for England.”

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