Kevin Pietersen retires from cricket aged 37 after glittering, often controversial 20-year career in the sport

KEVIN PIETERSEN has introduced his retirement from cricket aged 37 after a glittering, often controversial 20-year career.

The previous England star took to social media to disclose he was hanging up his bat after over 30,000 runs and sixty eight centuries.

 Kevin Pietersen has retired from cricket aged 37 after a 20-year career

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Kevin Pietersen has retired from cricket aged 37 after a 20-year career

KP was a key determine in England's well-known 2005 Ashes squad in addition to serving to his nation win the 2010 World Twenty20.

However on Friday night time he considerably cryptically tweeted: "BOOTS UP! Thanks!"

He adopted that up in the early hours of Saturday morning with: "Boots up! Ft up! Household, animals, golf…! HOME!"

Three hours later, Pietersen went on to say: "Simply been advised that I scored 30000+ runs which included 152 fifty’s & sixty eight lots of in my skilled career.

 Kevin Pietersen helped England famously win the Ashes in 2005

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Kevin Pietersen helped England famously win the Ashes in 2005

"Time to maneuver on!"

Pietersen was extensively anticipated to retire having introduced the newest version of the Huge Bash League in Australia can be his final.

Over the years, KP had additionally retired from each Check and 50-over codecs of the recreation to focus solely on the profitable world of brief-time period Twenty20 cricket contracts, corresponding to the IPL.

Pietersen kicked-off his career at South African aspect Natal, however grew annoyed together with his position as off-spin bowler and decrease-order massive-hitter.

 Kevin Pietersen was one of England's most exciting, dynamic batsmen

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Kevin Pietersen was considered one of England's most enjoyable, dynamic batsmen
 KP is an England Ashes hero after his incredible performances over the years

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KP is an England Ashes hero after his unimaginable performances over the years
 Kevin Pietersen won a number of Ashes series in some of England's best years

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Kevin Pietersen gained a lot of Ashes collection in a few of England's greatest years

He moved to England to play membership cricket at Cannock CC, earlier than attracting the consideration of Nottinghamshire.

KP's blistering capability with the bat shortly caught the consideration of England too and he made his ODI debut in 2004.

Again on "house turf" in South Africa, Pietersen blasted a sensational century in hostile environment – as England shortly realised that they had an actual expertise on their arms.

KP then took Graham Thorpe's spot at No5 for the 2005 Ashes collection towards Australia – arguably the most riveting Check collection of all-time.

As England rolled-over in the First Check at Lord's, solely KP confirmed any resistance with the bat notching a 50 in every innings, displaying a wide selection of attacking, by no means-earlier than-seen photographs, together with The Flamingo.

Pietersen was additionally the first batsman to ever carry out the "change hit" after blasting a six together with his left-hand towards New Zealand.

 Kevin Pietersen helped England win the World T20 tournament in 2010

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Kevin Pietersen helped England win the World T20 event in 2010

 Kevin Pietersen was always an entertaining figure, on and off the pitch

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Kevin Pietersen was all the time an entertaining determine, on and off the pitch

KP went on to play a starring position in the 2005 collection – together with an important 158 in the Fifth Check – as England ran out 2-1 winners to reclaim the Ashes for the first time since 1986-87.

Pietersen was additionally the collection' prime run scorer in a area together with the likes of Michael Vaughan, Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden.

KP went on to be named England captain in 2008, changing Vaughan, earlier than 2009 introduced with it an entire host of controversy – as he give up his submit after a rift with then-head coach Peter Moores.

He additionally signed his first IPL contract that yr – then the costliest of all time, after being purchased £1million by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

However KP managed to assist England to their most well-known one-day feat ever, as they gained the World T20 event in the Caribbean.

In 2012 although, issues began to show for the worse once more, as, after stroking an outstanding 149 towards South Africa on the Check stage, he quipped “it’s not straightforward being me” in a press convention.

It was in that collection it was revealed he despatched insulting textual content messages about skipper Andrew Strauss to South African gamers.

 Kevin Pietersen had most-recently focused purely on Twenty20 cricket

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Kevin Pietersen had most-lately targeted purely on Twenty20 cricket
 England famously won the 2005 Ashes series, with Kevin Pietersen an integral figure

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England famously gained the 2005 Ashes collection, with Kevin Pietersen an integral determine
 Kevin Pietersen famously fell out with England hierarchy such as Andrew Strauss

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Kevin Pietersen famously fell out with England hierarchy corresponding to Andrew Strauss
 Kevin Pietersen has now called time on his entire cricket career

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Kevin Pietersen has now referred to as time on his whole cricket career

He was subsequently dropped and forged into the wilderness — prompting KP to launch a grovelling YouTube video declaring his availability in ALL codecs of the recreation for England.

He was not chosen for the World T20 in October however was “efficiently reintegrated” to the 5-day set-up towards India subsequent month the place he made an excellent 186 on a raging turner as England ran out 2-1 winners.

Detached type and worries over his angle noticed KP reduce from the England set-up for good, as managing director Paul Downton drew a line beneath his worldwide career in order to “begin the rebuilding course of”.

Pietersen signed for Surrey the place he later scored a merely outrageous 355 not out towards Leicestershire.

Later that night, he was flat-out informed by new director of cricket Andrew Strauss that he would NEVER play for England once more on account of “belief points.”

KP revealed he was “indignant and harm” at England’s “deceit”.

Quickly after, Pietersen give up England, give up Check cricket, give up 50-over cricket and completely dominated the world of T20.

He now bids the sport farewell, with considered one of cricket's most vibrant, thrilling characters to ever play the recreation hanging up his bat.

KEVIN PIETERSEN has introduced his retirement from cricket aged 37 after a glittering, often controversial 20-year career.

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