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Pietersen Out on First Ball for Surrey After England Snub

Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Kevin Pietersen was dismissed on his first ball in a match for Surrey today after he was left out of the England cricket squad against South Africa in a row over text messages.

Pietersen, facing his former county Hampshire in his first match since being dropped by England, was bowled by slow left-armer Liam Dawson in the Clydesdale Bank 40 game at Southampton. His dismissal, in the fifth over, left Surrey at 14-2 and prompted cheers from the crowd. Surrey totaled 175-9 in its 40 overs, and Hampshire ended on 176-6 to win by four wickets in 38.1 overs.

Pietersen last week apologized to the England and Wales Cricket Board for “provocative” text messages he sent to South Africa players. His actions had led to his exclusion from the England squad for the third Test currently taking place.

The Daily Mail reported that the texts contained “less than flattering” comments about England captain Andrew Strauss and his teammates.

Pietersen has also been in a wrangle about his playing commitments. He’d wanted to give up 50-over games for England and play just Tests and Twenty20s but national contracts don’t allow that.

In May he said he’d therefore focus on Tests, then a week ago he said he’d be prepared to play all forms of the game.

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter-Joseph Hegarty in London at phegarty@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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