Life and times of Kevin Pietersen
London: Factbox on batsman Kevin Pietersen whose England career ended on Tuesday when he was dropped from the one-day squad to tour West Indies.
- Born June 27, 1980, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa. Right-hand batsman, occasional off-spinner.
- He qualified to play for England in September 2004 because of his English-born mother. Selected for one-day tour of Zimbabwe where he scored 104 runs in three innings. Scored three centuries in a subsequent ODI series in South Africa.
- He made two half-centuries on his test debut against Australia in Lord`s in 2005. His knock of 158 in final match at The Oval helped secure the draw which gave England the Ashes.
- Sparked controversy by switch-hitting Scott Styris for two sixes in first one-day international against New Zealand in 2008.
- Named England test and one-day captain in August 2008 after Michael Vaughan and Paul Collingwood resigned from their respective jobs.
- His stint as captain was short-lived as in January 2009 Pietersen resigned after a fall-out with coach Peter Moores. Pietersen slammed Moores in a report to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after a tour of India in late 2008 and the ECB reacted by sacking both captain and coach, saying there was an "irretrievable breakdown" in the relationship between the two men.
- Part of successful Ashes-winning sides in 2005, 2009, 2010-2011 and 2013.
- He played in 104 test matches, 136 one-day internationals and 37 Twenty20 internationals. He scored 8181 test runs with a high score of 227, 4440 ODI runs and 1176 Twenty20 runs.
- The batsman was fined in September 2010 after posting a Twitter message announcing that he had been dropped for the one-day series at home to Pakistan. The message contained an expletive.
- The former England captain apologised publicly, insisting on Surrey TV that his comments "had not been for the public domain."
- The ECB said Pietersen had been dropped so that he could regain form with his county Surrey after a run of disappointing scores.
- Pietersen announced his retirement from all forms of international limited-overs cricket in May 2012.
- Although he retracted this, his relationship with the ECB soured and he was dropped for the final test of the series against South Africa in a row over "provocative" text messages.
- 2013 - Played in victorious home Ashes series, scoring one century in five tests, and the 5-0 defeat in Australia in which he failed to make a hundred.
- February, 2014 - Dropped from one-day squad to play West Indies, signalling end of his international career.