England news July 9, 2012

Pietersen keeps one-day door ajar

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kevin Pietersen has kept the door open for a return to limited-overs cricket for England and is still hoping for a late change of policy by the selectors to allow him to appear in the World Twenty20. Although, he admits that both scenarios still remain unlikely.

Pietersen quit international one-day cricket at the end of May citing England's heavy schedule and the way the ECB central contracts are written meant his decision made him ineligible for Twenty20 selection as players have to be available for both limited-overs formats. Pietersen, who returned to action with Surrey at the beginning of this month ahead of the Test series against South Africa, said the fixture demands would need to change for him to consider reversing his retirement but he still wishes he could play Twenty20.

"Never say never. I'm a lot older and more mature than a few years ago, so you never know," he told the Daily Mail about whether he would return to coloured clothes. "Anything can happen. I'll never say no, but the schedule would have to be a hell of a lot different for me to come back. Wait and see.

"I've had my wife, mother, dad, mother-in-law, brothers and my best mates all saying to me 'don't you wish you were out there batting against Australia?' And I've said to them I haven't missed it at all. But maybe all I needed was a break. Who knows? I've played a lot of cricket in the last seven years."

As for the World Twenty20, which takes place in Sri Lanka from late September, where England will be defending their title, Pietersen has always been clear that he wanted to play in that tournament.

"I still hope there might be a compromise for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka," he said. "The squad hasn't been announced. I would love to play in that and defend our title with England. If it happens, great, but I'm not holding my breath."

Pietersen's comments about the packed international schedule have not always gone down well because he continues to play in the IPL. However, he believes it is unfair that he is criticised for taking up that opportunity when so many of the game's leading players take part.

"Okay, the ECB may say me playing in the IPL makes it hard to rest me but what annoys me is that, with every other board the IPL is a matter of fact. It's not going away," he said. "It's going to be there and players want to play in it. Players want to go and earn their money and unless you let them decisions will have to be made.

"Big players want to play in front of big audiences. You want to hear your name chanted by 50,000 people. It's amazing. It makes you feel so good. The window for that has been created by the other boards but unfortunately not ours."

England have responded outstandingly well to the loss of Pietersen from both limited-overs formats. Ian Bell has slotted into the opening role with 364 runs in five innings while Alex Hales made 99 in the Twenty20 against West Indies and Pietersen has enjoyed watching the results.

"I'm a huge England fan and it's brilliant to be beating Australia at the moment," he said. "We've got an Ashes series next year and you want their guys to say 'we've got to play against these blokes next year. We can't score more than 250 against them in a one-day game'. It's the mental edge you want over them. We've thrown some big punches against them and that's fantastic."

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  • George on July 11, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    You are one of the great representative of modern one day cricket. Roar back and play your game

  • Anver on July 11, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    If KP comes back then its great for world cricket..... He's an entertaining & explosive bat, who thrills the fans all over. We need you in all formats, so please reconsider!!

  • Robert on July 10, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    I hope KP changes his mind - he is box office. ECB love their rules though!!

  • Bored on July 10, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    KP is now the new Afridi -retiring and then re-retiring at will? :-D

  • Anupam on July 10, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    why you worry KP now SLPL is going to start after that CLt20, BBL and take some rest only 9 month are left for IPL.

  • Anupam on July 10, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    some of the KP comments- when he came to eng he questioned about SA selection and told whole world that SA cricket board is useless, when he start playing for eng he says "i don't care if test cricket dies", another comment eng is jealous to ipl and eng players jealous to me as i play in ipl, "i'm retired to cricket is due to eng internal politics " now very recent comment "ipl & t20 is the future of cricket." i don't want to see players like gayle & KP who always put HIMSELF, IPL ahead of their country, board, team & cricket.

  • darius on July 10, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    @jmcilhinney its funny to hear from you,"Eng has plenty of young talent to step in",rather you shud say"South Africa has plenty of young talents to supply to Eng" even if there is no Pieterson,at last he is Saffer,SA knows best ,what should be delivered......

  • Atit on July 10, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    KP is a great cricketer. One of the best for English. But I feel like he is missing the spot light of to be hero for England. English boys as a team are doing great for them right now and nobody misses KP anymore(He will surely be missed but it's not making any difference in the results). England's main power is their length of all rounders. They don't have best all rounders like Kallis or Watson but Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Bopara make a great team.

    This is a act of selfishness because he knew he was one of the best player and he retired too soon, and now when team is doing ok without him he wants to be back.... One thing is for sure though, in subcontinent pitches KP is still their only savior.

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Funny how we are doing well and he wants a piece of it..........now

  • Don on July 10, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    @RandyOZ let's face it there is not a single player in the current Aus side that has anywhere remotely near the appeal of KP, he is box office of the highest order & you may well be sick of him but looking around these forums there is a lot of folk want to see him back in the middle.......and not all England supporters either.....guess you have got it wrong again.....nothing new there though.

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