Kevin Pietersen: Michael Vaughan praises 'retiring' ex-England team-mate

Kevin Pietersen: Michael Vaughan praises 'retiring' ex-England team-mate

Kevin Pietersen: Michael Vaughan praises 'retiring' ex-England team-mate

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen brought the curtain down on his playing career on Saturday in a series of messages on social media after deciding not to travel with Quetta Gladiators to Lahore for their Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoff.

He helped them qualify from the group stages and move closer to a third successive final appearance in the T20 tournament, but with the play now moving from the UAE to Pakistan, Pietersen has picked up his bat for the final time.

"Just been told that I scored 30,000+ runs which included 152 fifty´s & 68 hundreds in my professional career". All dedicated to my family who have just been the most unreal supporters through thick and thin! "Thank you for all the quite lovely msgs!"

"I loved entertaining you all!" the 37-year-old Pietersen wrote on Instagram.

After losing to Peshawar Zalmi by 7 wickets on Friday, Pietersen appears to be done with playing the game.

"You will be missed Kevin Pietersen", the team tweeted. Thank you for everything.

"I wish I could travel but unfortunately family´s very important, family decision, and I hope that you can respect my decision and my family´s decision not to travel".

Pietersen has played white-ball cricket around the world since being exiled from the England setup in 2014, with stints in India, the Carribbean, Australia and South Africa, as well as Pakistan.

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Pietersen, 37, played over 250 games for England - scoring 13,797 runs and 32 hundreds - and featured in four Ashes victories. Time to move on!

His global career ended in 2014 when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) sacked him, saying that then captain Alastair Cook had to be able to trust and rely on the support of all his players.

He embarked on a nomadic T20 career after that, taking in all corners of the globe, with the last 12 months an extended farewell tour.

Vaughan, who captained Pietersen during England's infamous Ashes victory in 2005, said: 'Not everyone's cup of tea but you will do for me.

A former England captain - albeit briefly - Three Lions fans will best remember him for his Ashes-winning 158 in 2005, a 227 against Australia in Adelaide and a brilliant 186 in Mumbai in 2012. Given his often divisive nature, it was fitting that Michael Vaughan, a former England captain, admitted his old worldwide team-mate was a tremendous talent, even if he wasn't always easy to deal with.

"Well done @KP24 on an fantastic career".

It is the summer of 2005 in England and all the talk is about the upcoming Ashes with the mighty Aussies jetting into the country.

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