London – For all his brash brilliance with the bat, Kevin Pietersen's divisive influence within the England dressing room may have finally cost him any hope of playing for the national team again.

For the sake of team unity, English cricket may need to sacrifice the former captain who steered the national team to its first major international title in 2010.

When the team heads to Sri Lanka next month to defend the World Twenty20 title, Pietersen won't be there.

There appears to be no way back for Pietersen after he sent text messages to South Africa players that were apparently critical of his England teammates during the test series that ended Monday.

Former England captain Tony Greig says “there's no way he'll ever play again.” – Sapa-AP