20 Aug 2012

Pietersen's text messages revealed

4:27 am on 20 August 2012

Kevin Pietersen's international cricket career is on the ropes following damning revelations of the controversial text messages he sent to his South African counterparts.

The polarising cricketer was accused of calling Andrew Strauss an offensive term in Afrikaans and advising South Africa's quicks how to bowl to the battling England captain during the second Test at Leeds.

Pietersen was dumped for the third Test at Lord's in the wake of the scandal which erupted last week.

Both the Mail on Sunday and the The Sunday Times made revelations about the text messages.

Pietersen apologised for the texts but his defence that the messages were just "banter" and a bit "provocative" looks a bit flimsy.

In another setback Pietersen was dismissed for a golden duck playing for his county Surrey.