England cricket star Pietersen appears to retire

Kevin Pietersen celebrates England's World T20 win

Pietersen - England's second-highest run scorer across all forms of the game - posted on Twitter. "Thank you for all the quite lovely messages! Wish you could stayed with us till PSL final but we respect your decision".

Although considered somewhat of a one-day specialist during the opening and closing stages of his career, the powerful batsman scored over 8,000 runs, with 23 centuries and a very respectable average of 47.29 proves he was more than capable in the longest format of the sport. "Time to move on".

The 37-year-old batsman hinted at his long-expected retirement with a Tweet which simply read "Boots Up!"

He played 200 Twenty20s managing three centuries a feat few players have been able to equal or better. In his illustrious career, Pietersen has played for Nottinghamshire, Hampshire, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Surrey, Melbourne Stars, Quetta Gladiators and Rising Pune Supergiants amongst many others.

He also appeared in 37 T20Is, scoring 1,176 runs with seven half-centuries and was part of the World T20 winning team in 2010.

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"Well done KP on an fantastic career".

Given his often divisive nature, it was fitting that Michael Vaughan, a former England captain, admitted his old global team-mate was a tremendous talent, even if he wasn't always easy to deal with.

"Best batsman I had the pleasure to play with and the first England batsman that put fear into the Aussies."The England and Wales Cricket Board also posted a message, saying "thank you" to Pietersen.Former England team-mate Andrew Flintoff also congratulated him "on an unbelievable career" and thanked him "for having a positive impact on mine too". Not everyone's Cup of Tea but you will do for me.

The batsman was sidelined by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2012 and again in 2014 after differences with the team management.

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