Former England batsman Marcus Trescothick has warned Kevin Pietersen to solve the ongoing row with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and captain Andrew Strauss to save himself from the pain of retiring from international cricket prematurely.
Pietersen's international career is in complete disarray after he was omitted from the third Test against South Africa.
The South Africa born batsman has not been selected for the ODIs or the Twenty20 World Cup, following revelations that he sent text messages to Proteas players criticising Strauss.
Trescothick, who is a former England teammate of Pietersen, retired prematurely from international cricket in 2008 following a battle with a depression.
While Trescothick is still playing for Somerset at the age of 36, the opener admits that the buzz of playing at the highest level haunts anyone whose time at the top ends ahead of time.
"Take it from me, you are a long time retired sitting on the outside knowing what you could have done," The Sun quoted Trescothick, as saying.
"We can only hope England and Kevin sort it out - it would be a drastically sad way for this to end for such a great player. It's not been handled well and there are still issues to sort out. But international cricket is too big a prize for him to let it go in this way," he added. (ANI)