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Kevin Pietersen has hinted that retirement is not far away

Kevin Pietersen has hinted that this year's Big Bash could be his last hurrah in the middle as the ex-England star contemplates retirement.

Pietersen - recently ranked at four on The Cricketer's list of greatest ever England batsmen - has spent much of the past four years touring the world's major T20 tournaments following an illustrious international career, which brought him more than 13,000 international runs, but he may soon call time on his global exploits.

The 37-year-old will represent Melbourne Stars once again this season but it's possible that KP fans won't see their hero with his pads on again after the competition comes to an end in February.

"I am definitely coming to the end of my playing time," Pietersen told "So I am definitely going to enjoy the last few digs.

"It's fairly close. 

Kevin Pietersen has admitted that retirement is not far away

"It's the practice that you look at and you just think 'do I want to do it?' 

"I've still got the energy at the moment but it's dwindling."

Asked if this Big Bash might be the last time his supporters see him in action, he said: "Possibly".

While he's still in the ranks, however, Pietersen has every intention on passing on his wisdom to the next generation of cricketing stars Down Under.

"It’s my job to come here and help others, help the youngsters, be a good influence, be a positive influence on the team. 

"That’s what I’ve done for three or four years."

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