There is no ban on Kevin Pietersen playing for England but an erosion of trust means he has no place in their plans this summer, according to the new director of cricket and former England captain Andrew Strauss.
Pietersen scored the first triple century of his career in a county game to offer a timely reminder of his talents to new England cricket director.
But after meeting with Strauss in the evening Pietersen was told he will not be recalled to the England side.
It's not about his ability as a player. It's about trust. You can't build that over a few days
"Now is the time for some really open and honest conversation," Strauss said at Lord's Cricket Ground.
"He's been a phenomenal player for a long period of time (but) it's not about his ability as a player. It's about trust. You can't build that over a few days."
'Future of English cricket'
Strauss refused to say there was no way back for his fellow former England captain but it appeared clear Pietersen would have a mountain to climb.
"The trust isn't there at the moment. I wish it wasn't the case but it is the case. If there's a way to build trust let's look at it ... this isn't about Kevin Pietersen, it is about the future of English cricket."
Pietersen, sacked by England last year, batted for over seven hours against Leicestershire at The Oval.
"I'm desperate to play for England again, that's what I want to do. It's not just numbers, but how important the timing is," the South-African born batsman told Sky Sports.
"I knew that I basically needed to answer and question with runs and goodness: 326 is a pretty good argument."
Pietersen, England's leading run scorer in all forms of international cricket, was dropped after sending text messages about his skipper Strauss to South Africa players during a Test series in 2012.
Strauss had to apologise last year after using an offensive term to describe Pietersen while working as a television commentator. He had not been aware his comments could be heard live on air.
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies