London: Kevin Pietersen was left out of England's squad on Sunday for the third test against South Africa after selectors said he failed to give assurances over phone text messages he sent to the South Africans which allegedly criticized his own teammates.
Pietersen, who scored 149 in the second test, failed to make England's 13-man squad for the test which starts at Lords on Thursday. He reportedly sent the text messages during the drawn second test at Headingley.
"During the past week we have held several discussions with Kevin Pietersen and his advisers. Following a constructive meeting it was agreed that a number of actions needed to be completed to re-engage Kevin within the England dressing room," England cricket managing director Hugh Morris said. "A fundamental item was to confirm publicly that no derogatory texts had been sent by Kevin to the South African team. This has not been forthcoming despite clear timelines being set to allow the selectors to pick the squad."