We look back at the highs and lows of Kevin Pietersen's turbulent career as an England player.
1980: Born June 27 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, to an Afrikaans father and an English mother.
1997-98: Makes first-class debut for Natal as an off-spinning all-rounder.
2001: Joins Nottinghamshire with a view to qualifying for England, having become frustrated with South Africa's quota selection system.
2003: Averages over 50 for the third season running but becomes disenchanted with his employers and threatens to sue for unfair dismissal, though Nottinghamshire insist he has not been sacked.
2004: October - Quits Nottinghamshire for Hampshire.
2005: January - Picked for England's ODI series against his native South Africa.
February - Scores centuries in the matches in Bloemfontein, East London and Centurion.
2005: July 14 - Named in Ashes squad ahead of Graham Thorpe.
July 24 - Scores 57 and 64 on Test debut in 239-run defeat.
September 12 - Scores century as England claim the Ashes with a draw in final Test at The Oval.
2007: January - Finishes with 490 runs and averages over 50 in the Ashes in Australia.
April - Scores 104 against Australia, England's first World Cup century since 1996. Adds 100 from 91 balls against the West Indies.
2008: August 3 - Replaces Michael Vaughan as Test captain and Paul Collingwood as one-day skipper.
August 8 - Scores century in debut innings as Test captain.
2009: January 7 - Resigns as England captain following reported rift with coach Peter Moores.
2010: April-May - Makes unbeaten 73 against Pakistan and 47 in the final against Australia as England win the World Twenty20.
June 17 - Announces he will not renew his Hampshire contract.
August 31 - Writes on Twitter that he is to be dropped from England's limited-overs matches against Pakistan and has signed for Surrey.
November 2010-January 2011 - On top form in England's Ashes win in Australia, with the highlight a career-best 227 in Adelaide.
2011: March 7 - Injury forces him out of World Cup.
2012: May 31 - Retires from limited-overs internationals.
August 6 - After making 149 in the second Test against South Africa, casts doubt on his Test future.
August 11 - Pietersen says he "wants to commit to all forms of cricket for England" in a video posted on YouTube.
August 12 - Left out for the third Test against South Africa.
August 15 - The ECB confirms it has received an apology from Pietersen and an admission he sent "provocative" text messages to members of the South African team.
August 21 - Left out of England squads for the limited-overs series against South Africa and the World Twenty20.
September 7 - Not among 10 players the ECB confirmed had been given a central contract for the 2012-13 season.
September 18 - Left out of the Test squad to tour India.
October 3 - The ECB confirms the process has begun to re-integrate Pietersen into the England team, starting with the signing of a central contract.
October 18 - Added to Test squad for tour of India.
November 24-25 - Makes 186 in the second Test against India.
2013: January 9 - Signs a full central contract with the ECB.
March-April - Ruled out of final Test in New Zealand, return series at home and Champions Trophy by a knee injury.
August 3 - Scores a century in the third Ashes Test against Australia to become the highest run scorer for England across all forms of cricket.
2014: January - With 294 runs at 29.40, Pietersen is England's top scorer in 5-0 Ashes defeat and insists he wants to continue playing and help regain the urn.
February 4 - Pietersen declares his international career is over as it is confirmed he will not be in the England squad for the tour of the Caribbean or the ICC World Twenty20.