Category: One Day International

End of an era | Kevin Pietersen has retired from one day international cricket, including T20 matches. (Image | Talksport)

By Sam Tomkinson.

Kevin Pietersen, arguably England’s most destructive player, has decided to retire from ODI (One Day International) cricket. It comes as no surprise that Pietersen has decided to call time on a diminishing 50 over career; however, thanks to the England and Wales Cricket Board’s selection policy, Pietersen’s decision also amounts to an effective retirement from T20 cricket – which is astounding.

The 31-year-old is the leading T20 batsman in world cricket, who lit up the IPL with a fantastic century. Pietersen was also inspirational in England’s T20 win in the Caribbean. With only four months to go until the next T20 tournament, his decision to retire seems all the more surprising; even though Pietersen has said he would like to continue playing T20 internationals, the ECB have shown no intention as yet of changing their policies.. This begs the question: who will replace him?

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Ravi Bopara is the favourite to replace Eoin Morgan for the Sri Lanka series, but he is running out of time to make his mark with England

England’s decision to drop Eoin Morgan from the squad for the two-match Test series in Sri Lanka this month has opened up the number-six spot in the batting order, and although there are other names (the uncapped all-rounder Samit Patel, or seam bowler Tim Bresnan) being touted as possible inclusions, the line-up will most likely be completed by Ravi Bopara, the Essex all-rounder who has been battling for over five years to establish himself in the England Test squad.

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