Giles Clarke: 'No way back for Kevin Pietersen'

Kevin Pietersen of England bats during day three of 4th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Emirates Durham ICG on August 11, 2013
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Giles Clarke insists that there is no way back for Kevin Pietersen following his sacking by the ECB in February.

Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board Giles Clarke has insisted that a return to international cricket for Kevin Pietersen is not possible.

Pietersen was informed by the ECB that his England career was finished in February following reports that the batsman had fallen out with key members of the squad and broken rules during the disappointing tour of Australia.

"Who plays for England is a matter for the national selectors and their decision was a brave one," Clarke told the Evening Standard.

"You select your captain, you discuss what that captain requires, what he's looking for. He has to decide what that team are about and what needs doing. This is about the culture of the team.

"Well, he hasn't actually had a particularly successful time since his runs in India (in 2012), not extraordinary. English supporters must move on. There isn't going to be any going back, that's for sure. That tour was a watershed."

Pietersen was named captain of Indian Premier League team the Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday.

England's Kevin Pietersen raise his bat moments after reaching 50 runs during the third day of the third Ashes Test on August 3, 2013
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