It was only there for a couple of moments, but it’s the Twitter which will finally knock Pakistan’s corrupt cricketers off the front pages.
Amid reports in The Sun that he had been dropped for the one-dayers and Twenty20 clashes against the now infamous spot-fixers, the great Kevin Pietersen confirmed to viewers of his Twitter account: "Done for rest of summer!! Man of the World Cup T20 and dropped from the T20 side too. Its a f**k up!!."
It flashed up on his account kevinpp24 – recognised by many other cricketers as the genuine, slightly high-pitched voice of KP – where there was also mention of a move to Surrey and an annoying parking fine after a quick twitter to South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.
Pietersen, who has scored just one half-century all summer – an extremely fortunate 80 in the second Test against Pakistan (and who’s to say that wasn’t just the visitors deciding he’d make a great betting coup? He was dropped three times) – said last week his confidence is shot.
And he said he had never really recovered 18 months after losing the England captaincy in the farce over the departure of coach Peter Moores.
Resting KP from a now-discredited series is hardly a major shock. But his brief response – punctuated by a profanity - will send shock waves reverberating through the England dressing room, a fragile place held together tenuously by coach Andy Flower and captain Andrew Strauss, hardly the two most stirring characters in cricket.
On his official website, Pietersen says: "My confidence has been hit hard over the last 18 months, what with having to give up the captaincy and then getting injured. I've just had to work hard and keep going. I've had to fight for every run.”
Watch this space. For confirmation of deleted Twitter, see http://twitpic.com/2jxpgd