Cricket / T20 / Pietersen Out of England Squads

LONDON - Kevin Pietersen's rapid fall from grace was completed yesterday when the controversial batsman was left out of the England squads for the Twenty20 World Cup and the one-day series against South Africa.

Last week the 32-year-old was dropped for the third and final test against South Africa at Lord's after having sent "provocative" text messages about his own team mates and management to opposition players.

England slipped to a 51-run defeat to lose the series 2-0 and concede the number one test ranking to South Africa.

"Kevin Pietersen's future involvement is still being determined and he was therefore not considered," national selector Geoff Miller said as the squads were announced.

Pietersen could have been selected for both squads, having reversed a decision he made in May to retire from all forms of international limited-over cricket.

The South African-born batsman was one of the key players when England won the Twenty20 World Cup two years ago.