Warner `sad` to see `classy` Pietersen’s career for England come to `abrupt end`

Johannesburg, Feb 6: Australian batsman David Warner has expressed his regrets at the retirement of England star Kevin Pietersen from international cricket, saying that he is sad to see Pietersen’s career for England come to an abrupt end.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that they had unanimously decided to move forward without Pietersen, who had been left out of the England squads for their upcoming one-day international tour of the West Indies and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

According to Sport24, Warner, who will be playing for Australia in the two-Test series in South Africa, said that it is disappointing for a player of Pietersen’s class that he cannot play in the World T20, adding that it is sad as he believes Pietersen would have loved to play in the tournament.

While Australia had just come off a 5-0 drubbing of England in the Ashes, which included Pietersen in the line-up, Warner said there was no doubt about the controversial batsman’s class, adding that he is an excellent player who has scored a lot of runs.

Stating that one never knows what to expect when Pietersen comes out to bat, Warner also said that Pietersen is a world-class player, adding that it is sad that he had to retire in such a way. (ANI)