Former England international Kevin Pietersen retires from cricket via social media and tweets “Time to move on!”

England legend Kevin Pietersen has announced his retirement from cricket on social media.

Pietersen had been playing for Quetta Gladiators in the Twenty20 Pakistan Super League. However, he chose not to travel to Pakistan for a play-off after the group stage in the United Arab Emirates.

Pietersen, the former Hampshire and Surrey player, played a pivotal role starred when England won the World T20 title in 2010. South African-born Pietersen was also part of four Ashes victories and briefly captained England during his controversial career.

However, Pietersen has featured for England since February 2014 following the aftermath of a humiliating 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia.

The 37-year-old  posted a picture of himself on Instagram relaxing with the caption: “Boots up! Feet up! Family, animals, golf…! H O M E!”

Boots up! Feet up! Family, animals, golf…! H O M E!

A post shared by Kevin Pietersen (@kp24) on

Pietersen then took to Twitter to reflect on some impressive batting statistics from a career spanning over two decades: “Just been told that I scored 30000+ runs which included 152 fifty’s & 68 hundreds in my professional career. Time to move on!”

Pietersen was a key member of England’s Ashes triumphs of 2005 and 2011.

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