Kevin Pietersen unlikely to return quickly, says Michael Vaughan

Third Test: England v South Africa

  • Venue: Lord's
  • Date: 16-20 August
  • Start time: 11:00 BST

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Ex-captain Michael Vaughan says it will be a "long time" before Kevin Pietersen is welcome in England's dressing room.


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"Kevin left the country for a political issue - and since he's turned his back on the country he's been a very useful player for England. Now that he's been dropped we feel it's a good move, vindicating the policies of the country. We believe we stand a very good chance of winning this and taking the number one Test position in the world.

"The team is always bigger than the individual and if you have someone who is going to be a problem within the team then the best way to get it solved is to get rid of the the individual."

Pietersen was dropped for the third Test against South Africa over reports he sent text messages to Proteas players criticising Andrew Strauss.

"If it's true that he sent those texts, it will take a long time for him to be allowed back," Vaughan said.

In a statement on Sunday, Pietersen said he was "gutted" to be dropped but did not comment on the text messages.

Pietersen's omission from the England squad for the final Test at Lord's came at the end of a turbulent week in which he first hinted that he could retire completely from international cricket, only to back down on Saturday and commit to playing for England in all forms of the game.

However, the England and Wales Cricket Board wanted assurances from the 32-year-old that he had not sent derogatory texts about Strauss, which Pietersen was unable to provide.

Pietersen will return - Vaughan

But, in a statement released on Monday, the South Africa team manager said texts had been sent by Pietersen, but they were nothing more than "banter".

Speaking on 5 live Sport , Vaughan, who was England captain when Pietersen made his Test debut in 2005, added: "Strauss is as popular a captain as England have ever had.

"It's been a mad, but also a very sad week for the England cricket team. There are no real winners, but one very big loser and that's Kevin Pietersen.

"I don't think he's getting the right advice. I don't know who is advising him but in my eyes they are not doing the right job for Kevin.

"We don't know what has been going on behind the scenes for the last few months, because the text messages could only be a tipping point.

Troubled times for Pietersen

31 May 2012: Pietersen announces retirement from international limited-overs cricket

14 July 2012: Hints at returning to all forms of cricket providing the schedule is right

20 July 2012: Told by players' chief Angus Porter he must commit to all England matches if he is to return

6 August 2012: Pietersen throws fresh doubt on England career, hinting he may quit Test cricket after South Africa series

9 August 2012: A parody Kevin Pietersen account on Twitter is closed - Pietersen felt his team-mates may have been behind it

11 August 2012: Pietersen springs a surprise, announcing his commitment to all forms of England cricket in a YouTube interview

12 August 2012: Pietersen dropped for England's third Test against South Africa amid reports he sent derogatory text messages about team-mates

13 August 2012: South Africa team manager claims the texts were "banter", while a Twitter user claims to be behind the KP Genius parody account

"There's no way he could have arrived in that dressing room at Lord's on Tuesday morning. It will take time, but he will get another chance. I hope he does."

Following the second Test at Headingley, when Pietersen first threatened to quit playing for England in all forms of the game, he referred to "points that I'm trying to sort out in the dressing room".

Reports last Wednesday suggested that Pietersen felt some of his England team-mates were behind a parody Twitter account that poked fun at the Surrey batsman, an account that was subsequently closed.

On Monday, a Twitter user followed by several members of the England squad claimed to be behind the "KP Genius" account.

A tweet from an account owned by Richard Bailey said:  "Yes the parody was me. It was for humour purposes only and as soon as I realised it was upsetting people I took it down."

Further tweets from the account, which is followed by Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan and James Taylor, said: "No professional cricketers were involved in it. I apologise if I upset anyone.

"I would also like to apologise to anyone I know involved with England cricket who I may have put in an awkward or embarrassing position."

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