Pietersen says sorry for rant after England axing

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2010, 11:52 AM IST

London: Kevin Pietersen has apologised for his furious reaction to England`s decision to leave him out of the one-day squads to face Pakistan.

Pietersen was axed from the five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches after a poor run for England in an attempt to give him time to rediscover his form during a loan spell with English county Surrey.

The batsman responded to the news by posting a message on micro-blogging internet site Twitter which said: "Done for rest of summer!! Man of the World Cup T20 and dropped from the T20 side too.. Its a f*** up!!"

Pietersen`s blast was reported to have infuriated national selector Geoff Miller and, in a bid to calm the situation, he has now said sorry for his rant.

The 30-year-old, who will leave his parent county Hampshire at the end of the season, claimed he published the message on Twitter by mistake and apologised for his comments ahead of his Surrey debut against Worcestershire tomorrow.

"It came out in the way that I didn`t want it to come out," Pietersen told Surrey TV.

"It was something that wasn`t meant for the public domain and I apologise for it entering the public domain and I also want to apologise for the language I used."

PTI