Flower admits KP failure
England coach Andy Flower admits he tried to persuade Kevin Pietersen to continue playing one-day cricket and is sad that he has quit.
The South African-born batsman shocked the cricket world when announcing his decision to end his one-day international playing days on May 31.
While he had not enjoyed the best of fortunes in 50-over cricket in recent times, the 31-year-old ended his three-year wait for a one-day century with back-to-back tons against Pakistan on the winter trip to the UAE.
A subsequent successful spell in the IPL confirmed that his hunger was still there to play limited overs cricket and it was thought that he might well be around for the next 50-over World Cup in 2015.
But the Surrey batsman made it clear that he was retiring from ODI cricket to prolong his Test career and will no longer be seen in the blue and red England colours.
Flower was unhappy with his decision and admitted that he unsuccessfully attempted to talk him out of it on several occasions.
"When Kevin told me he wanted to retire from one-day cricket I must have had three or four subsequent meetings with him where I tried to dissuade him from doing so," he told BBC's Test Match Special.
"I think it's really sad he won't be playing all three forms of the game. He's in incredible form - technically, he's excellent."