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County crowd boos Pietersen after duck

County crowd boos Pietersen after duck

Mon August 20, 2012 1:33pm

OUT of favour England batsman Kevin Pietersen has copped twin blows in county cricket overnight.

The South African-born Surrey batsman was dismissed for a first-ball duck and was given a chorus of boos from the crowd in a 40-over a side match at Southampton.

The golden duck came just hours after more damaging allegations emerged about the text message row that threatens to end his international career.

Pietersen lasted just one ball on his return to action for Surrey in his first county match since being dropped by England for the on-going final Test against South Africa.

The 32-year-old was axed after sending what he described as "provocative" texts to South African players during the second Test at Headingley that are believed to have contained criticism of English captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower.

He is scheduled to meet Strauss after the conclusion of the Lord's Test in a bid to repair their fractured relationship and salvage his England future.

But that meeting is likely to be even more uncomfortable for Pietersen after reports that his texts to the South Africans contained tactical advice on how to dismiss Strauss.  

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