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Former England batsman Pietersen calls time on playing career

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen appeared to have brought the curtain down on his cricket playing career on Saturday, announcing his decision to step away from the game in a series of messages on social media. Pietersen, 37, who briefly captained England in 2008-09, was told in 2014 that he was no longer in the national side’s plans and spent the latter part of his career playing for a number of club teams across the world. Boots up! Feet up! Family, animals, golf...! H O M E! A post shared by Kevin…

Smith forecasts South Africa barrage for Aussie batsmen

MELBOURNE: Australia captain Steve Smith expects his touring batsmen to be given a thorough test of their credentials when they face South Africa’s formidable attack on pace-friendly pitches in a four-test series beginning in March. The Proteas flexed their pace muscles to beat world number one India 2-1 on lively home tracks this month, including a spiteful Johannesburg pitch, where several batsmen sustained nasty blows and the match came close to being called off. "I’ve seen little bits and pieces (of the series…

I want to carry on playing Test cricket if “Pakistan wants me”: Younis Khan

SYDNEY: Pakistan’s Younis Khan said he wants to carry on playing Test cricket for his country as he nears the summit of 10,000 Test runs. Younis, at 39, in the autumn of a trail-blazing 17-year playing career, reached another milestone with his first century in Australia in the current third Sydney match, making a Test hundred in 11 countries. But Younis, who is just 36 runs away from becoming the first Pakistani batsman to score 10,000 Test runs, said he wants to bat on for Pakistan if "they want me." "It all…