Pietersen: Next Test may be my last for England

ENGLAND batsman Kevin Pietersen has revealed that the next Test against South Africa at Lord’s may be his last.

Pietersen yesterday secured 149 of England’s first innings 425 before they closed 123 short of victory at 130-4 after South Africa’s 419 and the 258-9 with which they declared. The former captain has already retired from limited-overs internationals and his future within Tests may also be at an end.

“I can’t give any assurances [that the next Test will not be my last],” said Pietersen, who won yesterday’s man of the match award at Headingley. “I love playing Test cricket, but there are obstacles and I’ll decide what happens at the end of the next Test.

“After the next Test match we’ll know a lot more. It’s absolutely 100 per cent not about money. There are clear things that I’m discussing [with the English Cricket Board], but there are other issues.”

Should England fail to beat South Africa, the visitors will become to world’s highest ranked Test team.