Pietersen denies saying his career was “on the way down”


England batsman Kevin Pietersen dismissed a newspaper report quoting him as saying he was “on the way down” as a cricketer, saying his words had been taken out of context.
“I was only talking about my age, nothing else,” Pietersen, 30, told Reuters on Friday before playing a game for the KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins.
Pietersen, who has not scored a test century since March 2009, had been quoted as saying on the website of Britain’s Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk): “I have probably got to the top of the fence and am on the way down.” Pietersen is in South Africa to play two first-class matches for the Durban-based Dolphins in an effort to regain his form before England’s five-test Ashes series against Australia starting in Brisbane on November 25.