SPORTSDESK COMMENT BY ANDY BLOOMFIELD: KP jettisoned as England re-build

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The decision by the ECB to dispense of Kevin Pietersen’s services has caused a huge stir among cricket fans around the world.

The flamboyant batsman, 33, has been informed that he is no longer a part of the team’s long-term plans, this news coming only a few days after Andy Flower quit as team director.

Now Flower has left England supporters are wondering who the ECB’s new managing director Paul Downton will appoint as the new team director, with the strong favourite looking to be Ashley Giles - who took over as coach of the limited-overs international sides from Flower in 2012.

I would be worried about Giles becoming coach of the Test and one-day teams as he seems to be having a torrid time managing the latter at the moment.

Downton’s early comments since taking over have hinted at one overall director of the England team, but I would not be too keen to see Giles take on such a massive task, ideally you would want an experienced national coach such as former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten.

Supporters of KP are claiming that he has been made the scapegoat for the humiliation Down Under, and that surely those in charge, such as Flower and captain Alastair Cook, should fall on their swords.

Much as I loved watching him bat, even the most staunch KP fans must agree that his form has been erratic in recent years, and yes he was the top batsman in Australia in the Ashes but the manner of his dismissals in several of those matches when well set smacked of a man whose mind was elsewhere.

While it is irritating to see such a talent discarded, it is time for a new generation of young, attacking batsmen to be given a chance to shine and hopefully talk of divisions in the dressing room will be quashed.

All this comes in the wake of a shocking trip Down Under for the national team, as they were pummelled 5-0 in the Ashes Test series, 4-1 in the one-dayers and 3-0 in the t20 series.

Before they worry any further, it may be worth recalling that Australia had gone nine Tests without a win before easing to victory in the Ashes.

This shows how quickly the fortunes of an international cricket team can change.

I would like to see Eoin Morgan brought back into the England team to inject some aggression into the middle order and hopefully help ease the pressure on Matt Prior.

If the latter fails to return to form it seems unlikely that England will keep faith with Jonny Bairstow as he failed to impress when drafted in during the Ashes, the one-day skills of Jos Buttler could see him fast-tracked into the Test side as a keeper-batsman.