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Cricket: Kevin Pietersen factfile

Factfile on Kevin Pietersen after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the player himself jointly announced the end of his international career on Tuesday: Name: Kevin Peter Pietersen Birthplace: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (to a South African father and English mother). Birthdate: June 27, 1980 International batting records (matches, innings not outs, runs, highest score, average, 100s, 50s, caught) Tests: 104 181 8 8181 227 47.28 23 35 62 ODIs: 136 125 16 4440 130 40.73 9 25 40

Cricket: Pietersen's England career over

Kevin Pietersen's controversial England career came to an abrupt end after officials announced Tuesday they'd "unanimously" wanted to rebuild the side without the star batsman. In a joint statement with their 33-year-old former captain, the ECB announced they'd left Pietersen out of their forthcoming squads for both the upcoming one-day international tour of the West Indies and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Cricket: ECB end Pietersen's England career

Kevin Pietersen's England career came to an abrupt end after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Tuesday he'd been left out of the squads for both the upcoming one-day international tour of the West Indies and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Recently-appointed ECB managing director Paul Downton said Pietersen's international career was being terminated because of a need to "rebuild" following the team's 5-0 Ashes series loss in Australia.

Cricket: ECB end Pietersen's England career

Kevin Pietersen's England career came to an abrupt end after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Tuesday he'd been left out of the squads for both the upcoming one-day international tour of the West Indies and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Recently-appointed ECB managing director Paul Downton said Pietersen's international career was being terminated because of a need to "rebuild" following the team's 5-0 Ashes series loss in Australia.

Cricket: ECB chief hints Giles will succeed Flower

England Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke hinted Saturday that Ashley Giles would succeed Andy Flower as Test coach after the former Zimbabwe international quit following their Ashes whitewash. Flower resigned on Friday to allow the team to rebuild after their disastrous tour of Australia, where they lost the Test series 5-0. However, he is remaining a selector "for the time being", with British reports saying the decision to stand down was his alone and not prompted by the Ashes humiliation.

Cricket: Ashes agony spells end for Flower as England coach

Andy Flower has quit as England's head coach following the team's whitewash Ashes loss in Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Friday. Despite the former Zimbabwe international being in charge of England's recent 5-0 Ashes series Test drubbing in Australia, the ECB said they wanted to retain his services, while Flower himself said he would remain a selector "for the time being".

Cricket: Ashes agony spells end for Flower as England coach

Andy Flower has quit as England's head coach following the team's whitewash Ashes loss in Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Friday. Despite the former Zimbabwe international being in charge of England's recent 5-0 Ashes series Test drubbing in Australia, the ECB said they wanted to retain his services, while Flower himself said he would remain a selector "for the time being".

Britain's second royal baby named Mia Grace

Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips has named her new daughter Mia Grace, the champion equestrian eventer and her rugby star husband Mike Tindall announced on Thursday. Phillips, 32, gave birth to her first child last Friday. Mia Grace arrives five months after Britain's other royal baby -- Prince George, born to Phillips' cousin Prince William and his wife Kate. Tindall, a former England centre, posted on his Twitter page: "For everyone who has asked... our daughter's name, it's Mia Grace Tindall."

Cricket: Under-fire Cook to reconsider England captaincy

England captain Alastair Cook has admitted for the first time that he will reconsider his leadership role after eight successive defeats to Australia. The hosts emphatically beat England on Sunday night by seven wickets with 10 overs to spare to seal the one-day series 3-0 and leave two dead matches still to play. Coming on top of a 5-0 Ashes whitewash, Cook said he would review his position as skipper once the tour is over. "I think I am going to have to make a decision on that stuff after we take stock after the next two games," Cook told reporters.

Snooker: Record-setting O'Sullivan reaches Masters semis

Reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan took less than an hour to book his place in the semi-finals of the Masters tournament with a record-breaking 6-0 rout of Ricky Walden on Friday. O'Sullivan, 38, needed just 59 minutes to brush aside Walden at London's Alexandra Palace as he chases a fifth title in the prestigious event. Remarkably, after Walden had led in the opener with a break of 38, O'Sullivan's frame-winning response of 79 started a run of 556 points without reply.
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