England news July 4, 2014

Pietersen still dreams of England

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Kevin Pietersen has expressed a vague ambition to make a comeback for England - less than a month after saying he was relieved to be out of the dressing room and was at peace with his international retirement.

Shunned by England, and his character assassinated in the process, he has now suggested - fleetingly at least - that he retains an appetite for the big stage that leaves him unable quite to accept that his England career is over.

Pietersen tweeted that he retained England ambitions as he prepared for the MCC Bicentenary celebration fixture against a Rest of the World side at Lord's on Saturday. One look at his shirt and cap, and the prospect of a sympathetic hand from a big crowd, was enough to get the juices flowing.

He has been well received south of the river when he has turned out for Surrey in front of a relatively young crowd in the NatWest Blast. It has yet to be seen what the more traditional upholders of the cricketing faith at Lord's will make of him.

"My space reserved in the Lord's dressing room," he tweeted. "Clothes ready! So excited about tomorrow. I didn't think I'd have this opportunity to play in front of a full house at Lord's again. I still do hope that things change and I play for England here again. Time will tell......."

Pietersen later expanded on his mood. He cannot look upon Lord's, where he made five England hundreds and easily imagine that he will not receive the adulation again. "I never give up," he said. "I'm only 34, I'm still young so hopefully one day I can play here in front of full houses but I just want to enjoy Saturday. I've got the hunger for it and the body's good so I want to go out there and do well."

Sachin Tendulkar captains the MCC side against a World XI led by Shane Warne.

Pietersen was soon surrounded by a gaggle of England cricket journalists, some of whom have been less than complimentary since he was ruled persona non grata after the Ashes tour by the new MD of England cricket, Paul Downton.

Just like the old days.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on July 8, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    @Vinod_Fab on (July 6, 2014, 15:47 GMT) Indeed T20 is not test cricket but given KP isn't playing any longer form cricket (His choice as I'm sure Surrey would love to have him in their CC side) then it's the only thing we can judge him on. Until/unless he plays any LF cricket we can only guess You're asking the wrong person as to why only KP to be outed but it is obvious to everyone that there is more to it than just on field form but we don't know because no one is saying anything so how can anyone say England definitely did the right thing or definitely did the wrong thing without that knowledge? Just a possible cricketing reason anyway. KP is more injury prone than any batsman we have in our side so maybe they are planning for the next Ashes with an established middle order batsman because they're not even that confident he'll be around then and they want to have a batsman with some experience out there

  • Vinod_Fab on July 6, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    @JG2704 on (July 6, 2014, 14:04 GMT)..T20's shouldn't be the criteria to choose a player for test cricket..!!. Oflate KP has not played any test cricket after that disastrous ASHES so without test cricket i won't say he cannot perform..!! "Swann is a much bigger loss for England than the version of KP we lost" --- LOSS is a LOSS that's y i have mentioned KP's PIVOTAL role which closely matches with swanny's..!! But my main question that time was and now also it is -- Why only KP..?? Why to pinpoint the person who gave so much to ENG cricket..?? Looks jaded doesn't seems to be the correct phrase given by ECB..What ENG got in return--a defeat at the hands of SL(don't remember ENG losing in ENG after 05,just against SA),next will be against IND..I will say it's just a type of fooling cricket public..

  • JG2704 on July 6, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    @ Vinod_Fab on (July 6, 2014, 11:14 GMT) You may remember when you were 1st talking about his exile that I said I doubted he was the player he was even a year ago. I also said that how he does in IPL would tell us more and by and large he was poor in IPL as a player and captain of a team who finished bottom. He has had a poor start to the English T20 season too.

    I still maintain that Swann is a much bigger loss for England than the version of KP we lost. If you think an out of form KP is better than the players you mention then that's your opinion. If England lose it will be because India were the better side and nothing to do with missing KP. In the 2 series where we were whitewashed vs Pak and Aus it wasn't as if KP was brilliant and everyone else let us down.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 6, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    We'll never fully understand why KP was sacked until the full report/statement comes out near the end of the year, so why bother arguing about this yet again? England could lose this upcoming series against India 5-0, and I still don't think the ECB would consider allowing KP back in the team based on the previous articles/statements. Get over it guys.

    @Arun Bose: you've posted on virtually every England thread how passionate and up-to-date you are about cricket; so why are you asking for Swann to come back when, as others have pointed out, it was injury that curtailed his career and he said in a recent interview that he could barely land a single ball anymore? That's really gonna help a struggling team - bringing someone like that back. Yes I agree England need a frontline spinner, but 100% fit and in good form is a minimum criteria surely...

  • JG2704 on July 6, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    @nashvillet - So KP didn't threaten to retire (and then retire) from shorter formats from England in order to try and get his own way thinking that England would budge on various issues? Sorry bud , I must have dreamt that happening

    Listen , I can't agree or disagree with ECB's decision as I (nor anyone on these threads) know what has been going on behind the scenes. I thought ECB could have eased him out by resting him and then dropping him as I feel it would have been a bit more amicable/dignified but I really don't believe KP is the player he was even a year or so ago and battingwise Eng have made other changes. Carberry,Trott and KP out and the guys who have come in have done ok. I reckon there are a number of factors behind KP going including his form and fitness being on the slide.

    please publish this time

  • Vinod_Fab on July 6, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    @JG2704 .. See, now KP is not there for the upcoming series against IND, let's see how ENG performs ? If ENG wins series here in their own backyard,then we wil believe that this "FUTURE" ENG team have it in them to compete AUS for the ASHES.. Me for one believe that "OUT OF FORM" Pietersen is anyday better than Robson,Balance,Root,Ali,Prior,Stokes etc. ENGLISH Fans can speak if they win's this series against IND but i am sure if IND evades Jimmy,Broad then that's it for ENG..!! It was KP's pivotal role which brought ENG this legacy(Winning the ASHES home and away,Series win in IND,Series level against SL.T20 WC, and it can be 2015 WC if he is picked again) . KP doesn't wants ENG and their legacy after 05 to get lose like this so he expressed his desire to play for ENG once again..

  • on July 5, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    For england to win india them have get back pietersen in side, them going to keep loseing.pietersen am backing U friend for LIFE, from all the way( GUYANA)

  • nashvillet on July 5, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    @JG2704 of course KP has played selflessly and devotedly for his team. Remember his previous knocks against Australia in the ashes,against India at home and away and various other teams. He was also a key player for England in their maiden ICC event triumph that is the world T-20 cup in 2010. Had it not been his dedication , his devotion towards the game and his team ,he never would have been able to achieve what he has today. Even during those performances he was under the scrutiny for his attitude but still he kept his cool and played some great knocks.And the stupidest reason he was sacked off lately was only because he didnt perform well in australia. This is ridiculous because i recall it was the whole english team who had under performed . Every sportsperson plays with devotion and selflessness for their country and if they dont they wont last a single day in their respective fields. KP is one of them and he still hopes to play again for england. Now that is dedication.

  • Insightful2013 on July 5, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    JG, I left for better pay and improved education. The move increased my experiences and changed my perspectives. I was better able to evaluate our methods, incl variables, as to which is more effective. I rate our sportsmen second to none. In fact without prejudice and this is after deliberation, Englishness, is my most treasured attribute, no disrespect to anyone else. As a Psychologist, do you have any idea how easy it would be to turn KP into a world beater? He has tools only a few are gifted with! Brinester, I go back to the Aussie tests as well. No Downton, but same attitude.Our middle order thrived against mediocre bowling, however I think, there is great potential there. Loved the application of Ali.Could be the World Cup exit, but I feel, almost physical pain when through, incapable management, our brilliant sportsmen are so poorly handled. The ECB puts ego first instead of results. You manage people individually, not as a unit, similar to flocking birds or schooling fish!

  • steve48 on July 5, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    I think beyond all the celebrity, tweeting and piers Morgan bromance lies someone desperate to be loved and belong. His England sacking seems to have hurt him far more than just in a pride level, he is currently batting like an aimless, lost soul, struggling to see the point of it all. Shame on the Chelmsford boo boys, and more shame on those who criticise his initial fallout with the ECB over the IPL. Are you serious? Over £1million for a couple of months work and adulation throughout India, as opposed to constant underlying ambivalence towards the cocky foreign mercenary, vs. playing against New Zealand minus their IPL players? Like all of you, don't know him, probably a bit too self important and tactless, but please remember he has given 'team England ' as much as he received, even Freddie Flintoff pointed that out. Unlike his supporters, I don't see him as some martyr, he has made many mistakes, but booing?

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    @Vinod_Fab on (July 6, 2014, 15:47 GMT) Indeed T20 is not test cricket but given KP isn't playing any longer form cricket (His choice as I'm sure Surrey would love to have him in their CC side) then it's the only thing we can judge him on. Until/unless he plays any LF cricket we can only guess You're asking the wrong person as to why only KP to be outed but it is obvious to everyone that there is more to it than just on field form but we don't know because no one is saying anything so how can anyone say England definitely did the right thing or definitely did the wrong thing without that knowledge? Just a possible cricketing reason anyway. KP is more injury prone than any batsman we have in our side so maybe they are planning for the next Ashes with an established middle order batsman because they're not even that confident he'll be around then and they want to have a batsman with some experience out there

  • Vinod_Fab on July 6, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    @JG2704 on (July 6, 2014, 14:04 GMT)..T20's shouldn't be the criteria to choose a player for test cricket..!!. Oflate KP has not played any test cricket after that disastrous ASHES so without test cricket i won't say he cannot perform..!! "Swann is a much bigger loss for England than the version of KP we lost" --- LOSS is a LOSS that's y i have mentioned KP's PIVOTAL role which closely matches with swanny's..!! But my main question that time was and now also it is -- Why only KP..?? Why to pinpoint the person who gave so much to ENG cricket..?? Looks jaded doesn't seems to be the correct phrase given by ECB..What ENG got in return--a defeat at the hands of SL(don't remember ENG losing in ENG after 05,just against SA),next will be against IND..I will say it's just a type of fooling cricket public..

  • JG2704 on July 6, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    @ Vinod_Fab on (July 6, 2014, 11:14 GMT) You may remember when you were 1st talking about his exile that I said I doubted he was the player he was even a year ago. I also said that how he does in IPL would tell us more and by and large he was poor in IPL as a player and captain of a team who finished bottom. He has had a poor start to the English T20 season too.

    I still maintain that Swann is a much bigger loss for England than the version of KP we lost. If you think an out of form KP is better than the players you mention then that's your opinion. If England lose it will be because India were the better side and nothing to do with missing KP. In the 2 series where we were whitewashed vs Pak and Aus it wasn't as if KP was brilliant and everyone else let us down.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 6, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    We'll never fully understand why KP was sacked until the full report/statement comes out near the end of the year, so why bother arguing about this yet again? England could lose this upcoming series against India 5-0, and I still don't think the ECB would consider allowing KP back in the team based on the previous articles/statements. Get over it guys.

    @Arun Bose: you've posted on virtually every England thread how passionate and up-to-date you are about cricket; so why are you asking for Swann to come back when, as others have pointed out, it was injury that curtailed his career and he said in a recent interview that he could barely land a single ball anymore? That's really gonna help a struggling team - bringing someone like that back. Yes I agree England need a frontline spinner, but 100% fit and in good form is a minimum criteria surely...

  • JG2704 on July 6, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    @nashvillet - So KP didn't threaten to retire (and then retire) from shorter formats from England in order to try and get his own way thinking that England would budge on various issues? Sorry bud , I must have dreamt that happening

    Listen , I can't agree or disagree with ECB's decision as I (nor anyone on these threads) know what has been going on behind the scenes. I thought ECB could have eased him out by resting him and then dropping him as I feel it would have been a bit more amicable/dignified but I really don't believe KP is the player he was even a year or so ago and battingwise Eng have made other changes. Carberry,Trott and KP out and the guys who have come in have done ok. I reckon there are a number of factors behind KP going including his form and fitness being on the slide.

    please publish this time

  • Vinod_Fab on July 6, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    @JG2704 .. See, now KP is not there for the upcoming series against IND, let's see how ENG performs ? If ENG wins series here in their own backyard,then we wil believe that this "FUTURE" ENG team have it in them to compete AUS for the ASHES.. Me for one believe that "OUT OF FORM" Pietersen is anyday better than Robson,Balance,Root,Ali,Prior,Stokes etc. ENGLISH Fans can speak if they win's this series against IND but i am sure if IND evades Jimmy,Broad then that's it for ENG..!! It was KP's pivotal role which brought ENG this legacy(Winning the ASHES home and away,Series win in IND,Series level against SL.T20 WC, and it can be 2015 WC if he is picked again) . KP doesn't wants ENG and their legacy after 05 to get lose like this so he expressed his desire to play for ENG once again..

  • on July 5, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    For england to win india them have get back pietersen in side, them going to keep loseing.pietersen am backing U friend for LIFE, from all the way( GUYANA)

  • nashvillet on July 5, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    @JG2704 of course KP has played selflessly and devotedly for his team. Remember his previous knocks against Australia in the ashes,against India at home and away and various other teams. He was also a key player for England in their maiden ICC event triumph that is the world T-20 cup in 2010. Had it not been his dedication , his devotion towards the game and his team ,he never would have been able to achieve what he has today. Even during those performances he was under the scrutiny for his attitude but still he kept his cool and played some great knocks.And the stupidest reason he was sacked off lately was only because he didnt perform well in australia. This is ridiculous because i recall it was the whole english team who had under performed . Every sportsperson plays with devotion and selflessness for their country and if they dont they wont last a single day in their respective fields. KP is one of them and he still hopes to play again for england. Now that is dedication.

  • Insightful2013 on July 5, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    JG, I left for better pay and improved education. The move increased my experiences and changed my perspectives. I was better able to evaluate our methods, incl variables, as to which is more effective. I rate our sportsmen second to none. In fact without prejudice and this is after deliberation, Englishness, is my most treasured attribute, no disrespect to anyone else. As a Psychologist, do you have any idea how easy it would be to turn KP into a world beater? He has tools only a few are gifted with! Brinester, I go back to the Aussie tests as well. No Downton, but same attitude.Our middle order thrived against mediocre bowling, however I think, there is great potential there. Loved the application of Ali.Could be the World Cup exit, but I feel, almost physical pain when through, incapable management, our brilliant sportsmen are so poorly handled. The ECB puts ego first instead of results. You manage people individually, not as a unit, similar to flocking birds or schooling fish!

  • steve48 on July 5, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    I think beyond all the celebrity, tweeting and piers Morgan bromance lies someone desperate to be loved and belong. His England sacking seems to have hurt him far more than just in a pride level, he is currently batting like an aimless, lost soul, struggling to see the point of it all. Shame on the Chelmsford boo boys, and more shame on those who criticise his initial fallout with the ECB over the IPL. Are you serious? Over £1million for a couple of months work and adulation throughout India, as opposed to constant underlying ambivalence towards the cocky foreign mercenary, vs. playing against New Zealand minus their IPL players? Like all of you, don't know him, probably a bit too self important and tactless, but please remember he has given 'team England ' as much as he received, even Freddie Flintoff pointed that out. Unlike his supporters, I don't see him as some martyr, he has made many mistakes, but booing?

  • JG2704 on July 5, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    @Arun Bose on (July 5, 2014, 8:17 GMT) As Mark has already said and it has been said a number of times his injury prevented him from being effective at world level. IMO it was really short sighted of England to play Kerrigan in that one test and have him bowl so few overs even if he was being dominated. To me that sends out the wrong message about having faith in a player

    @nashvillet on (July 5, 2014, 9:54 GMT) Was that the KP who retired from shorter formats for England when he thought that it would make them change their minds about letting him play IPL? He's a passionate player and no one can doubt his work ethic but I wouldn't say devotion and selflessness have always been top of his qualities when linking him with the national side

  • on July 5, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Mr lunge So you think his form over the last year has been good? Yes Cook is struggling and is a poor captain but unlike KP I suspect he isn't a bad influence on the team, nor is Bell. As I said, I enjoyed watching him but time to move on.

  • nashvillet on July 5, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Pietersen is by far the best english player i have ever seen. He has always played selflessly and devotedly for England. It was a very unfair and disappointing decision of ECB to axe such a great player of the game and the this decision has had a negative impact on the English cricket today. I hope that the ECB lets go of its ego and bring this great player back into the English colours otherwise english cricket is headed towards a downfall.

  • markatnotts on July 5, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    @Arun Bose, at what part of the phrase 'injury induced retirement' don't you understand. It has been quite clear for some time that Swann's elbow was getting worse. He missed the away NZ series, and struggled later in the home Ashes series.

  • JG2704 on July 5, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    @Insightful2013 - If you had to leave home etc , then you're taking this game of cricket way too seriously. But on a few points

    1 - You should be blaming Moores/Cook above Flower/Prior 2 - We've played 2 tests - one could/should have been won with a little more ambition from Cook and the other was basically decided by a terrible 4th day and we still came within 2 balls of saving it. 3 - You say about missing KP but the middle order of Ballance,Bell.Root all did ok

    I do however agree with you re some points. I feel we are too conservative. We were lucky to have won the 2nd test vs NZ when we just about got enough weather to bowl out NZ in the 2nd inns after deciding that anything South of 400 would be too big a risk and then we do the same vs SL which led to us losing the series. Not replacing Swann in my mind is a bigger issue. Comparing Hodgson and Wenger is poor.They both work with different quality players and doubt neither would put up with any nonsense. Fergie never did

  • on July 5, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    @JG2704- But ECB could atleast ask SWANN to come out of his retirement for the sake of the country as ENGLAND is struggling to find a specialist spinner.. I am sure SWANN would think abt it if ECB asks him..

  • fkhawaja on July 5, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    well if Cook keeps performing as he is who knows KP might get another shot, and why not. Nobody owns English cricket. The best eleven needs to be playing for England to come out of the rot. The series against India is a long one and will be very interesting. If England lose this then cook and the coach will be in for some scrutiny. Cook might even resign as captain and Bell taking over. The Assitant coach might get elevated as well.

  • JG2704 on July 5, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx on (July 5, 2014, 5:50 GMT) I think you've hit the nail on the head there - despite the little hissy fit response There's even a possibility they would have continued to overlook these issues had he been playing out of his skin but the facts are he wasn't. In the last Ashes tour he scored more runs than any batsman but not significantly more and averaged more but again not significantly more. Stokes averaged more than KP and in 2 less inns was only 15 short of his runs and Stokes is an all rounder whose stronger suit is his bowling. I can't agree or disagree with the sacking without knowing exactly what went on and I think ECB could have handled it better by easing him out of the SL series (even let him play IPL) and then dropping him from the Indian series and then not renew his contract. Likelihood is he'd have been injured anyway

  • on July 5, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Indians are taking a huge sigh of relief cz KP isn't guarding the English middle order.. He's a legendary striker and a great entertainer.. I want to see him in England test shirt again but don't think It's possible in this lifetime.. ECB ruined England cricket..

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 5, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    @xtrafalgar, dropped for poor form? That's nonsense. If that were true why are Cook, Broad, Prior, Anderson, Bell and Root still in the side? KP was the highest scoring batsman in the series and he's box office for the fans. The ECB have just bungled it again. The Aussies are guaranteed the Ashes next year, @5-0wombats.

  • on July 5, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    KP has a dream? That's about all it is I'm afraid. Apart from the fact he is not liked or wanted by the team, he's obvious lack of runs means he doesn't warrant a place anyway. He made his bed cricket wise and opted for the lure if the lira a while ago. Unfortunately, not many batsmen can keep form by just playing the slap and tickle rubbish that is 20/20. A few bowlers like Shaun Tait etc can get away with by just wanging it down at a great pace. But for batsmen it's a different story. I loved watching KP bat but he hasn't a great technique to fall back on when he loses form. He needs to play as much cricket as he can, not just the odd county game and a few joke 20/20s.

  • xtrafalgarx on July 5, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    KP was dropped because of lack of form as much as anything. KP had always been troublesome to the ECB, however when he was playing the trouble he caused was outweighed by his performances. When his performances became overweighed by the trouble he brought, he was dumped. Simple as that.

    He hasn't showed any real sort of form since beng dropped, it's not like he is scoring hundred after hundred - there is really no reason for him to be in the team while the youngsters have done well. Ballance, Root, Ali and Robson's performances have hinted that he mightn't be that big of a loss after all

  • on July 4, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    he was by far the worst captain in the IPL. far from inspirational. not doubting his calibre as a player but as a captain he was disgusting.

  • The_Brinester on July 4, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    @insightful2013 - yes two tests is less than ten. And not all losses - one was a draw where the winning wicket was (rightly) overturned on appeal. Why not give them at least half a chance before your staid dyed in the wool criticism comes back out of its box.

  • AlexPG on July 4, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    I would love to see KP back in the England team and feel he shouldn't have been exiled. But the best way for him to be putting pressure on the selectors and making them look stupid is to be playing first class cricket and scoring a shed load of runs.

  • Starvybz on July 4, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    wow the ECB is quickly transforming into the next WICB

  • markatnotts on July 4, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    @JG2704, indeed - quite a few people on here talking rubbish as usual. With regards to KP now he would have quite probably just been a walking wicket for Herath in the just completed SL series - with the best catcher in the SL team stationed at long on just in case he hit it rather than was bowled/lbw.

  • Peterincanada on July 4, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    @Weebee If the series against NZ is any indication it would appear that WI are still suffering even with the return of Gayle.

  • JG2704 on July 4, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    KP does still want to play for England again. However the only way I could see that happening is if our middle order collapses every game vs India and KP scores big in the CC for Surrey but then he'd have to play in the CC for Surrey for that to happen. Even then I think England's hierarchy would stand firm. I wasn't into finishing KP's career in that manner but I don't think today's version is that great a loss.

  • JG2704 on July 4, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    @ BHAGWAN-XI on (July 4, 2014, 12:34 GMT) Swann retired himself and ECB had nothing to do with it. For Swann to be reconsidered he himself must declare himself available. As for Trott - I'll be surprised if he ever plays for England again. Ballance has come in and done a decent enough job. I'd actually be less surprised to see KP recalled.

    @Greatest_Game on (July 4, 2014, 14:56 GMT) Yeah he showed in the IPL what an inspirational skipper he is

  • notimeforcricket on July 4, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    if he really wanted to play for England, he would be playing first class cricket for Surrey. he has barely scored a run since he stopped playing for England. I have said before, his performances were just about good enough to keep him in the team, but he has lost so much mobility, he is a liability in the field and cannot play the types of innings he used to. great career, thanks for all KP but please go out with some dignity

  • on July 4, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Well how many times wheel will turn full circle? Time to move on kevin. Cricket is a team game played by 11 players.

  • WeeBee on July 4, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    I really want him come back. They should know how WI suffered when they had lost Gayle for a while.

  • on July 4, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    I think Mr Pieterson ought to shut up and concentrate on playing cricket. Has far too much to say for himself encouraged no doubt by his 'celeb' friends. Move on!

  • Insightful2013 on July 4, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Less than 10 tests later, all losses, we see the glaringly obvious of Downton, Andy Flower and Prior. I despair, how so often we continue to repeat the same mistakes in cricket and football. We have such talented players but it's always management that lets us down. We continue to stick with staid, dyed in the wool, stodgers who are experts at making excuses and blaming others but can never conceive an original or innovative thought between them. They resent everyone who operate differently, like a KP. I had to leave my beloved home and get some distance, to gain perspective, of just how archaic our attitudes are with regards to certain things. Nothing is wrong with our perspective but it is simply not applicable to sports of any kind. Look at the massive difference between the style of a Roy Hodgson team and say a Wenger's team. One's chancy with a reason and the other is the opposite. Worse, we put up and excuse their failures and break our own hearts! We need a Wenger!

  • on July 4, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    I think KP (and Flintoff) were worse captains than Cook .. (both bad decisions by Duncan Fletcher) .. Presumably KP was unmanageable .. and could not manage himself ..

  • Greatest_Game on July 4, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Recall KP AND make him the skipper. Then Eng will have the ammunition to beat India. KP might not be everybody'd "kind of family," but he knows how to win. And he is a better spinner than anyone Eng can field right now!

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on July 4, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    I am sure KP would enjoy being selected again, It would almost certainly mean that both Cook and Moores had been given the same treatment he received, so not entirely in the realms of fantasy.

  • ArthursAshes on July 4, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    On what basis could he come back now even if TPTB decided that he was no longer persona non grata? He doesn't play any county cricket, so it's not like he's piling up the runs for Surrey. He only plays T20 and since being dropped he's hardly scored any runs in the IPL or for Surrey.46 runs in 5 T20 games for Surrey so far this year doesn't cut it, especially as future England prospect JJ Roy has 442 in 8 and is 10 years younger.

    KP's problem is that by only playing T20 he's not reminding everyone that he's still around. If he really want's that England spot back he needs to be playing for Surrey in Championship cricket and trying to rack up the runs so that he's a constant reminder of what he can do. He's not going to get picked again on the basis of what he did in the past at the expense of no current form even if they did "forgive" him.

  • cleanshoes86 on July 4, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    BHAGWAN-XI - Swann retired due to injury. He would be a liability in his current state because he just cannot bowl properly. He said himself his elbow meant that he was unable to get enough revs on the ball and that's why he retired so suddenly - sadly his body was no longer up to it.

  • John-Orford on July 4, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    We'd love to have Swann in the team - probably a better captain than Cook - but he's crocked and it's unlikely his elbow and knee can ever be put right. Yes, Pietersen should be back. A difficult person to get on with but I have little time for a captain who's too weak to manage him. What are captains for? Brearley could have coped with him and so could Alan Border - two totally opposite men

  • on July 4, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    He was never in the team for being able to express himself in words. England need him or they're getting caned again.

  • BHAGWAN-XI on July 4, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    There is the time to clear the mistake by the ECB and players too. Not only KP, english team should have Swann in this team. That much needed for this team. Why swann get retirement, is big question, And they have forced the KP to retire. Every team member responsible for Ashes results. So ECB selectors should be consider these player and trott have some chance to play for this team. Cook should come and asked for these players.

  • cloudmess on July 4, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    First step, he needs to ditch Piers Morgan.

  • BlakeHoulihan on July 4, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Get back to playing First Class cricket for Surrey and make some hundreds. Get some of these old codgers on your side the only way you know how, scoring runs.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 4, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    England's best player, not being selected. Another stroke of ECB genius.

  • Hatter_Mad on July 4, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Fairly predictable, KP says he's happy being out of it and then his ego kicks in and he says he'd love to play for England again. He really needs to let go and walk away.

  • MarkTaffin on July 4, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Pretty long game for KP to play. All of Moores, Downton, Cook, Prior will have had to have gone first. In the case of the first three, that won't be before the end of the Ashes next summer (though I am confident they will be gone then)Has KP the patience to wait? Should play some FC games for Surrey in the meantime. He'd be 35 next summer. He's fit, too. Stewart and Gooch both played for England at 40....

  • on July 4, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    yes kp must be back in the england team!

  • TeamSelector on July 4, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    If Cook loses this India series, then maybe KP's dream might actually become a reality. I've always been a KP fan. Cricket needs guys like KP, Jesse Ryder, David Warner, etc. They bring a certain exciting, refreshing, swasbuckling swagger to the game.

  • on July 4, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    i hear england would have been prepared to bring pietersen back - and then they saw the picture of him sitting next to piers morgan

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  • on July 4, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    i hear england would have been prepared to bring pietersen back - and then they saw the picture of him sitting next to piers morgan

  • TeamSelector on July 4, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    If Cook loses this India series, then maybe KP's dream might actually become a reality. I've always been a KP fan. Cricket needs guys like KP, Jesse Ryder, David Warner, etc. They bring a certain exciting, refreshing, swasbuckling swagger to the game.

  • on July 4, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    yes kp must be back in the england team!

  • MarkTaffin on July 4, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Pretty long game for KP to play. All of Moores, Downton, Cook, Prior will have had to have gone first. In the case of the first three, that won't be before the end of the Ashes next summer (though I am confident they will be gone then)Has KP the patience to wait? Should play some FC games for Surrey in the meantime. He'd be 35 next summer. He's fit, too. Stewart and Gooch both played for England at 40....

  • Hatter_Mad on July 4, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Fairly predictable, KP says he's happy being out of it and then his ego kicks in and he says he'd love to play for England again. He really needs to let go and walk away.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 4, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    England's best player, not being selected. Another stroke of ECB genius.

  • BlakeHoulihan on July 4, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Get back to playing First Class cricket for Surrey and make some hundreds. Get some of these old codgers on your side the only way you know how, scoring runs.

  • cloudmess on July 4, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    First step, he needs to ditch Piers Morgan.

  • BHAGWAN-XI on July 4, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    There is the time to clear the mistake by the ECB and players too. Not only KP, english team should have Swann in this team. That much needed for this team. Why swann get retirement, is big question, And they have forced the KP to retire. Every team member responsible for Ashes results. So ECB selectors should be consider these player and trott have some chance to play for this team. Cook should come and asked for these players.

  • on July 4, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    He was never in the team for being able to express himself in words. England need him or they're getting caned again.