The Pietersen Problem

Will the batsman continue to represent England?

Does the Kevin Pietersen problem have any feasible solutions? Mike Selvey in The Guardian wonders if the batsman – possibly the most popular English cricketer since Ian Botham – has played his last Test for England or if there a thaw in the offing? What would Pietersen’s eviction from the scheme of England cricket signify for either party?

If, as the batsman has indicated, he walks away from Test cricket, England will be deprived of a linchpin of the side that still stands as the world's best in two of three formats. Cricket followers in England will no longer be able to watch the most box office player they have had since Ian Botham, except, presumably, in the colours of whichever T20 franchises secure his services in the future. And Pietersen himself will no longer have Test match cricket on which, he knows, rests his real legacy in the game.