05/02/2014 03:26 GMT | Updated 05/02/2014 05:59 GMT

Kevin Pietersen Sacked By England: Cricketers Past And Present React

Kevin Pietersen's international career came to an end after nine turbulent years, with England's management deciding unanimously their relationship with the 33-year-old had run its course.

Reportedly, not one of the squad members for the disastrous Ashes whitewash advised new managing director Paul Downton that Pietersen should remain in the set-up.

Pietersen was told he would not be picked for the next two trips and no leeway was left for a change of heart; instead, Downton delivered a eulogy to Pietersen's England career and, in the process, a definitive end to it.

The player himself has accepted his England days are over, after 104 Tests, 136 one-day internationals, 37 T20 internationals and four Ashes victories, but spoke mournfully of the decision.

"Playing cricket for my country has been an honour. Every time I pulled on the England shirt was a moment of huge pride for me and that is something that will live with me forever," he said.

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"Although I am obviously very sad the incredible journey has come to an end, I'm also hugely proud of what we, as a team, have achieved over the past nine years.

"I feel extremely fortunate to have played at a time of great success for England cricket alongside some of the best cricketers the country has ever produced.

"I want to thank everyone for their fantastic support and I wish the team the very best of success going forward.

"I believe I have a great deal still to give as a cricketer. I will continue to play but deeply regret that it won't be for England."