Kevin Pietersen hints at Test retirement

Updated: Aug 07, 2012, 10:00 AM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Leeds: England star all-rounder Kevin Pietersen hinted at Test retirement after suggesting the third and final Test between England and South Africa could be his last match.

"I can`t rule out that my next Test may be my last," he said. “I’d like to carry on but there are obstacles that need to be worked out.”

Pietersen`s future was highly discussed about before the series against the Proteas began. He has already announced his retirement from one-day international cricket. Apparently, he wanted to be a T20 specialist and wanted to take a break from ODIs, which didn’t go down well with the ECB.

"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% not a money issue. You`ll find out soon enough, not tonight. It will be a lot clearer after the next Test match."

Pietersen said it would be a "huge shame" if his Test career came to an end.

"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."