The former England batting star, and captain, Kevin Pietersen has been left out of Surrey's final two County Championship games, which could end any slim chance he may have had of regaining his England Test spot.
Surrey took the decision to leave Pietersen out of their squad now that their chances of promotion from Division Two look all but impossible to achieve. They currently trail second-placed Hampshire by 34 runs.
Instead Surrey have decided that they will blood youngsters in their final two games, particularly those who could play a big part in their future.
Pietersen has not played a four-day game for Surrey this season so his non-participation is not altogether a surprise, especially with very little at stake. However, it does send a signal to the former England player that his services in the four-day game may not be required by any other county either.
This may not be such a bad thing for him as the trials and tribulations of county cricket can take its toll on the most devoted of cricketers.
The question has to be asked of KP as to whether he has the desire for county cricket anymore?
After being released from his England central contract in February Pietersen has played T20 cricket around the globe. However, his form has not been what we have been used to.
He played for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League but his side struggled, winning just two games and finishing bottom of the table. This prompted Pietersen, as captain, to apologise to supporters for their performances.
He played 13 games for Surrey in the T20 Blast with limited success. Surrey reached the semi-final stage with KP scoring 225 runs at an average of 22.5. However, he was not the star of the show as he was upstaged by England new-boy Jason Roy and Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Pietersen has also played for the St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League, again
with little success.
T20 the way forward?
Will Pietersen make his fortune, not that he is short in that department, from T20 matches around the world?
There is no doubt now that his England career is sadly over but Pietersen still has plenty to offer and, at the age of 34, could still play on for another couple of years.
However, does Pietersen now have the desire to continue playing at all? Only the man himself knows the answer to that.
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