South Africa Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis has ruled out Kevin Pietersen making a shock switch to the Proteas despite being overlooked by England
Former England bowler Darren Gough had suggested Pietersen could look a playing for the country of his birth from 2018 after being shunned by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Pietersen has not played for England since the 2013-14 Ashes defeat despite continuing to score runs around the world in T20 competitions.
"KP is a player who's had a great career for England," he told a news conference. "But certainly, from a South African perspective....he's English."
Pietersen has made no public comment about any intention of representing South Africa.