Kevin Pietersen: Vaughan, Swann & Stewart on batsman

Batsman Kevin Pietersen is defended by some of cricket's top names as his England career is ended.

The 33-year-old is his country's leading run-scorer in all formats of the game, but has been told by the England and Wales Cricket Board that he is no longer part of the national team's plans.

Among those offering their thoughts on Pietersen, both before and after his England departure, are ex-captain Michael Vaughan, former team-mate Graeme Swann and the batsman's director of cricket at Surrey, Alec Stewart.