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Pietersen aims to rescue his England career as text scandal rumbles on

Updated: Sunday, 19 Aug 2012 10:39

Kevin Pietersen's England career is under threat
Kevin Pietersen's England career is under threat

Kevin Pietersen is set to meet with England captain Andrew Strauss next week as he seeks to salvage his international career.

It is understood the pair will meet following the conclusion of the third Investec Test match at Lord's in the wake of text messages sent by Pietersen to members of the South African team during the second match of the series at Headingley.

Reports this morning allege that Pietersen described Strauss in offensive terms in one of the messages and offered advice to the South Africans on how to dismiss the skipper.

Pietersen's camp would not comment on the content of the texts this morning, but former England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Lord MacLaurin said he fears the 32-year-old could have played his final game for England if the reports are proven to be accurate.

Pietersen has apologised to England for the texts but has not divulged their specific content, and it is thought his international career will remain on hold until negotiations with the ECB are concluded.

MacLaurin, chairman of the ECB for six years from 1997, feels that if the allegations are proven, then Pietersen's England career is over.

He told the BBC: "I think the Kevin Pietersen thing is pretty sad and pretty serious for cricket, the ECB are capable of dealing with the matter as they see fit.

"Nobody is bigger than the game and history is littered with sports stars who believe they are bigger than the game and business people too.

"They usually end up halfway down the batting order.

"If the reports in the papers are true.....I think Mr Pietersen will never play for England again."

MacLaurin also pointed to Pietersen's apparent lack of popularity during his county career in England as well as with the national team

He said: "If you look at the record of the gentleman concerned he hasn't been greatly loved at Hampshire, at Nottinghamshire or at Surrey or in the England dressing room."