England news April 20, 2011

Pietersen wants England ODI captaincy

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Kevin Pietersen has expressed his desire to captain England again, saying he had given the option serious thought since rumours emerged that Andrew Strauss may give up the limited-overs post. More than two years have passed since the end of Pietersen's brief and tempestuous reign as England captain, and he has now stated his readiness to have another crack at the role, at least in ODIs.

"If the one-day job becomes available, I would ­definitely be up for it," Pietersen said at the launch of the new England ODI shirt. "A lot of water has passed under the bridge since I last did it and it's something I've thought about in the past few weeks since the rumours surfaced about Andy Strauss stepping down.

"Second time around I think I could do a real good job as I'd be older and wiser, and would handle a few things a lot differently. I didn't think I was too bad first time around - we had our moments against South Africa, and it took a century of freakish brilliance from Sachin Tendulkar to deny us a famous Test win in Chennai.

"So if the opportunity came up and I was asked I would say, 'Thank you very much, I would love to have another go'."

Pietersen is the second England player to throw his hat into the ring for the job, should it become available, after the opening batsman Alastair Cook made similarly hopeful noises last week. Reflecting on the circumstances of his departure from the job in January 2009, Pietersen said he had been hurt, but has now moved on. He also said there would be no problem forming a strong leadership axis with the England coach, Andy Flower.

"I wasn't too despondent about why it ended, or even how it ended, but I was certainly hurt by some of the negative publicity which followed. Some of the nonsense about a divided camp, and players being for or against me, was deeply hurtful and it took me a while to get over it," said Pietersen.

"But time's a great healer and I'm ready to do it again if the opportunity arose. I respected Andy Flower as a player, and as a coach I respect him more than ever now.

"He's done an amazing job since he took over and he deserves all the plaudits. He has moulded the team in a very respectful manner, in an atmosphere where everyone is entitled to voice an opinion - whether you have played 100 Test matches or just one. It's a happy ship, Andy keeps it on a very even keel, and my ­relationship with him is absolutely fine - both on a technical level and as a person."

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  • Bytheway on April 20, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    History repeats itself.

  • Sriram_Krishnamurthy on April 20, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Thought he was gonna retire from ODIs after the WC.

  • xylo on April 20, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    I thought you need to be wise first to get wiser. No?

  • on April 20, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    he will do well in this job.

  • sandson on April 20, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    KP is really a tour de force for the english.. Since he has come on to the scene the english cricket has looked up.. The English board shud hav given him the long rope in the coach saga..but thts life.. Strauss is a fine captain but he doesnt think too much out of the box.. In the long run KP shud fit the bill.. P.S when kp was captain in india yuvi n gambhir were in the form of their lives.. So its a bit harsh to judge him on tht drubbing..

  • enigma77543 on April 20, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    It could've been an option if he hadn't been so self-centred; ECB would be crazy to hand him the reigns, "older & wiser" doesn't make him any less self-centred as he's displayed it only a few months earlier.

  • on April 20, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Kevin Pietersen should be the captain for England in all formats once he regains his batting form. England shouldn't make the same mistake as Australia made with Shane Warne. If Pietersen gets more disciplined and focussed in his approach to batting, he would more than likely end up as the icon of his era. England would do well to have a dominant person in the lead working with a cool head like Andy Flower.

  • xylo on April 20, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    I concur with Mahamudul Hasan. England need someone who can think, not just be flashy.

  • s0ldier on April 20, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Someone who runs away from the world cup wants to be a captain?

  • ToTellUTheTruth on April 20, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Stick with Straussy. This guy is only good for breaking up the team.

  • Bytheway on April 20, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    History repeats itself.

  • Sriram_Krishnamurthy on April 20, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Thought he was gonna retire from ODIs after the WC.

  • xylo on April 20, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    I thought you need to be wise first to get wiser. No?

  • on April 20, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    he will do well in this job.

  • sandson on April 20, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    KP is really a tour de force for the english.. Since he has come on to the scene the english cricket has looked up.. The English board shud hav given him the long rope in the coach saga..but thts life.. Strauss is a fine captain but he doesnt think too much out of the box.. In the long run KP shud fit the bill.. P.S when kp was captain in india yuvi n gambhir were in the form of their lives.. So its a bit harsh to judge him on tht drubbing..

  • enigma77543 on April 20, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    It could've been an option if he hadn't been so self-centred; ECB would be crazy to hand him the reigns, "older & wiser" doesn't make him any less self-centred as he's displayed it only a few months earlier.

  • on April 20, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Kevin Pietersen should be the captain for England in all formats once he regains his batting form. England shouldn't make the same mistake as Australia made with Shane Warne. If Pietersen gets more disciplined and focussed in his approach to batting, he would more than likely end up as the icon of his era. England would do well to have a dominant person in the lead working with a cool head like Andy Flower.

  • xylo on April 20, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    I concur with Mahamudul Hasan. England need someone who can think, not just be flashy.

  • s0ldier on April 20, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Someone who runs away from the world cup wants to be a captain?

  • ToTellUTheTruth on April 20, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Stick with Straussy. This guy is only good for breaking up the team.

  • Trickstar on April 20, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    I actually liked KP as the captain of the one day team before, not a test captain ,but one day. I think he's quite a attacking Captain and thinks out of the box in the field and when he was Captain first time it didn't effect his form, if anything he played better. It's no different from Colly being the captain, of the T20 team and from the form of Colly he might not be there much longer and with KP being the best 20/20 player in the team, he could be made captain of both one day teams, it would make sense.

  • TheMeanMachine on April 20, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    I think Strauss should continue as England captain in the ODI's. His partnership with Andy flower called the 'leadership axis' by many is surely reaping benefits. Since arguably he wont be playing the next world Cup, he should continue for another two years and hand over the captaincy to someone younger ala Ian Bell (since Eoin Morgan and Stuart Broad are too young for the job) Handing over the captaincy to Kevin Peiterson is a backward step as ultimately the Test captaincy will go to the incumbent ODI captain.

  • anas.yemeni on April 20, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    I think captaincy is not Kp's cup of tea. I think he must just leave it for Bell or Cook

  • on April 20, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Kevin did really well with the bat when he was the captain last time. He scored 100 against South Africa and another 100 against India. They won series against south africa 4-0. Yes they lost to India 5-0. But traditionally England had never performed well in India. He is a proactive person as well. He will play the next world for sure. About Cook , the man who is not even in the squad can't be the captain straigt away. Morgan or Bell ......... not that much attacking persons. Best choice right now is Kevin Peter Pietersen.

  • SDHM on April 20, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Why should Strauss resign the captaincy anyway? His record in ODIs since he came back into the team from a batting point of view has been fantastic. And Pietersen actually did OK first time round, with the exception of that ODI series in India - but we did come back from the doldrums in time to win the Oval test against South Africa, and then trashed them 4-0 in the ODI series if I remember rightly. He scored a couple of centuries as captain as well, so it might be the spark he needs to fully get back to his best form. I still don't think Strauss should retire though - a better selection policy that would see genuinely talented players like Rashid and Woakes come in regularly as opposed to county journeymen like Wright and Yardy and a bit more tactical flexibility (bouncers - what a great idea...) would go a long way to seeing England become more consistently competitive in 50 over cricket. Playing 50 over cricket domestically wouldn't hurt either...

  • Saosin on April 20, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    As an Australian that is patient about our short-term future goals (at the very best!) I find KP's attitude toward the captaincy fitting and solid. The subtleties to his statements reveal (as per article) he is ready (again) for the captaincy and willl relish and thrive with the opportunity should it arise.

    He is undeniably one of the most dangerous and potentially valuable cricketers going around these days at any format in international cricket. His form lately has been varied, patchy even, yet his actual presence, and the way via which he scores his runs when he scores runs, is vital, bordering upon irreplaceable. I don't think the English fans will truly appreciate this bird-in-the-hand until he has flown the coop.

    As an Australian (once more), that wants desperately and endlessly to win the next Ashes, I am gloomy, blatantly cynical even, regarding our next matches and our overall preparation for and capacity to win back the next Ashes. If KP plays, we lose. Cricket wins.

  • Biggus on April 20, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Another master stroke from KP, similar to his captaincy-shedding strategem which was completely responsible for the Ashes win. What a guy!

  • Robster1 on April 20, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Kevin - team sport is about side before self, every time.

  • on April 20, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    History might just repeat itself

  • Nipun on April 20, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Although England did crash out from the quarters in this World Cup,there has been genuine progress in England cricket,& a lot of the credit go to Andrew Strauss & Andy Flower's characteristics-always behind the scene,quiet,hard working,honest & passionate.& Pietersen?Arrogant,always wanting to be in the limelight,all mouth & no bat.& he wants to be an England cricket captain?If Andrew Strauss & Andy Flower brought England forward by 5 times,Kevin Pietersen will pull England back by about 20 times.England looked a much better team when Eoin Morgan replaced him in the World Cup.

  • HawK89 on April 20, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Pietersen should be next in line for captaincy when Strauss retires from ODI. Strauss should play and captain for the next WC and then Pietersen can take over. Cook isn't even in the ODI squad, he should be the next captain for the test side.

  • on April 20, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    yes i think he can be a good captain....

  • shanemukesh on April 20, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Anybody but Pietersen.. Cook ok, Broad ok, even some good performing county captain ok, but no, not again with Kevin. KP - please concentrate on your form and batting. Period.

  • Something_Witty on April 20, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Good on ya KP! I've always liked KP, not sure why. But I have to wonder, what are his credentials? What is he like as a tactician? And more importantly for him at the moment, can he retain his place in the side?

  • on April 20, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    cook doesnt even play ODI's or t20's mate

  • nair_ottappalam on April 20, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    @ Alex Ashenden: Cook is not even a member of England's limited over side. Pietersen is taking about captaining the ODI side. If at all Strauss decides to say "enough is enough" KP will be the only choice at the moment for England. At this point, I would like to add that England should seriously think of playing ODI. They should improve their lackluster performance in the longer limited over format. They are a good test side no doubt. England could give Dhoni's men a run for their money in the Test Series and would surely beat Sri Lanka. But the ODIs are going to be a different story altogether as India and Sri Lanka are both far better ODi sides than England.

  • on April 20, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    I don't think that the ECB would make such a big mistake. If Strauss doesn't change his mind, Graeme Swann is their best option for the job.

  • mr82 on April 20, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Please find someone other than KP. HE is very egostic person. Cook can be good option when considering long run. In every way KP is not suitable at all.

  • mojasy on April 20, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    k, nice thinking,but idea for selectors

  • on April 20, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Pietersen should focus on consolidating his ODI form before he even thinks about captaincy. IF Strauss does retire I think Cook is a much better long term option.

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  • on April 20, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Pietersen should focus on consolidating his ODI form before he even thinks about captaincy. IF Strauss does retire I think Cook is a much better long term option.

  • mojasy on April 20, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    k, nice thinking,but idea for selectors

  • mr82 on April 20, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Please find someone other than KP. HE is very egostic person. Cook can be good option when considering long run. In every way KP is not suitable at all.

  • on April 20, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    I don't think that the ECB would make such a big mistake. If Strauss doesn't change his mind, Graeme Swann is their best option for the job.

  • nair_ottappalam on April 20, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    @ Alex Ashenden: Cook is not even a member of England's limited over side. Pietersen is taking about captaining the ODI side. If at all Strauss decides to say "enough is enough" KP will be the only choice at the moment for England. At this point, I would like to add that England should seriously think of playing ODI. They should improve their lackluster performance in the longer limited over format. They are a good test side no doubt. England could give Dhoni's men a run for their money in the Test Series and would surely beat Sri Lanka. But the ODIs are going to be a different story altogether as India and Sri Lanka are both far better ODi sides than England.

  • on April 20, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    cook doesnt even play ODI's or t20's mate

  • Something_Witty on April 20, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Good on ya KP! I've always liked KP, not sure why. But I have to wonder, what are his credentials? What is he like as a tactician? And more importantly for him at the moment, can he retain his place in the side?

  • shanemukesh on April 20, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Anybody but Pietersen.. Cook ok, Broad ok, even some good performing county captain ok, but no, not again with Kevin. KP - please concentrate on your form and batting. Period.

  • on April 20, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    yes i think he can be a good captain....

  • HawK89 on April 20, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Pietersen should be next in line for captaincy when Strauss retires from ODI. Strauss should play and captain for the next WC and then Pietersen can take over. Cook isn't even in the ODI squad, he should be the next captain for the test side.