Kevin Pietersen explains why he has blocked Mitchell Johnson on Twitter

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Former England captain and batsman Kevin Pietersen knows the art of staying in the news – rightly or wrongly.

The mercurial batsman scored more than 13,000 international runs for England over the course of more than eight years.

Since his controversial exit from the national team following the 2013/14 Ashes whitewash, the 37-year-old has kept himself busy playing in different T20 leagues all over the world along with part-time commentary commitments.

During his glamourous international career, KP frequently had fiery moments against his opponents – especially when facing arch-rivals Australia.

More recently, Pietersen was once again involved in a heated exchange, but this time on Twitter, rather than on the pitch.

And it probably won't surprise you to learn it involved former Australia’s World Cup-winning bowlers and the man of the series in the 2013/14 Ashes, Mitchell Johnson.

During the second day of the opening Ashes Test, Johnson took a dig at ex-England captains Michael Vaughan and Pietersen about the lack of intent from the English pace bowlers.

To that, Pietersen took offence and ultimately blocked the former left-arm fast-bowler from his Twitter account.

On Thursday, the South African-born batsman explained his actions.

“I don’t want to see garbage and I don’t understand the aggression and the manner he’s conducted himself on social media, and so what’s the point in looking at it?” Pietersen said, as per Fox Sports.

“When you’re a past player and you’re not a current player, to use tactics you would use if you were bowling a fast aggressive spell on social media platforms... I just don’t get. A lot of people didn’t get (it) really.

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“We were all confused in the commentary box and the press box... we were all completely dumbfounded.

"And that’s why I said ‘if your management are tweeting for you, if it’s not you, you should probably sack them because I don’t think it’s doing him any favours in the bigger scheme of things because there’s cricket and then there’s life around cricket, and I don’t know what realm he wants to try and fit into as an ex-player. So that’s why I said, ‘I’m out.’”

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