Pietersen future nears resolution

CRICKET: Batsman Kevin Pietersen’s England future could become clearer today when Indian Premier League teams announce which players they have retained. If Pietersen renews his contract with Delhi Daredevils it could strain relations with England chiefs at a time when his place in the team is believed to be under serious threat following the 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia. Meanwhile the hosts have rested in-form paceman Mitchell Johnson for the five-game one-day series against England, which begins in Melbourne on Sunday.