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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…

Federer expects injury layoff to prolong playing career

MUMBAI: Roger Federer believes his six-month absence due to a knee injury could help prolong his playing career, with the 17-times grand slam winner saying he has enjoyed the break. The 35-year-old Swiss had surgery on his left knee in February and, after missing the French Open with a back injury, announced in July that he needed extensive rehabilitation and would be sidelined for the rest of the season. Federer returns to action at the Hopman Cup, starting on Jan. 1, which he will play in for the first time since he…