16 Aug 2012

Sorry Pietersen still hoping to make England Twenty20 World Cup squad

6:38 pm on 16 August 2012

The England batsman Kevin Pietersen will learn over the weekend if his apology for sending provocative texts to South African players has come in time to salvage his hopes of playing in the World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka next month.

This weekend is the deadline for teams to name their final squads for the tournament.

Pietersen's apology, came too late to save his place in the team for the third and final Test against his native South Africa starting at Lord's tonight.

Pietersen was dropped for failing to reveal the contents of the text messages, some of which were said to contain criticisms of England captain Andrew Strauss.

Eventually, Pietersen admitted sending provocative texts saying they were meant as banter between friends and needs rein himself in.

Strauss who'll play his 100th Test and 50th as captain tonight says he feels let down by Pietersen.