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Pietersen to meet with England coach — report

Sunday, September 02, 2012    

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LONDON, England (AFP) — Kevin Pietersen was set to meet with England coach Andy Flower yesterday, the BBC and British media reported, in a bid to resolve his international future.

The South Africa-born batsman has been exiled from the England team since the drawn second Test against the Proteas in Leeds, where he made a brilliant 149, after it emerged he'd sent "provocative" text messages to opposition players.

Some of these were alleged to be critical of Andrew Strauss, the then England Test captain, who retired from all cricket last Wednesday.

Pietersen apologised for the texts but England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) managing director, Hugh Morris said further talks were needed to "regain trust and mutual respect".

Prior to the text row, the 32-year-old Pietersen had been involved in a dispute which appeared to see him trying to set the terms of his international availability to fit in with his lucrative commitments in the Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL).

"I think that was the catalyst for a lot of the stuff," said Flower earlier this month. "The IPL and the international fixtures in England are an area of conflict. It would be better if there was a very clear window prior to our international season starting. But it doesn't look like that is an issue that is going to be sorted out in the future, so it may well recur."

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