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Pietersen reveals England u-turn

George Dobell

July 13, 2012

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Kevin Pietersen raises his bat after reaching his century, Surrey v Lancashire, County Championship, Division One, 3rd day, Guildford, July 11, 2012
Kevin Pietersen believes the England management could look after him better © PA Photos
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Kevin Pietersen has sensationally opened the door for an England comeback in limited-overs international cricket, admitting he would "love to play for another three or four years in all forms of cricket."

It is understood that Pietersen's representative privately met ECB officials to discuss a return on Thursday night. Pietersen is also thought to have met Hugh Morris, the managing director of England cricket, earlier in the week.

Asked whether negotiations into his England return in all three forms of the game were ongoing, Pietersen replied: "I think so."

Pietersen did not disguise his discontent with the way he has been managed by England, matters that would surely have to be resolved if he was to make a smooth return into the England side.

He complained that he had "never been looked after" by the England management and insisted that his schedule would have to be eased before he consented to a return.

Pietersen, speaking moments after he finished the third day of Surrey's Championship match at Guildford unbeaten on 234, reiterated his desire to be included in England's World Twenty20 squad in Sri Lanka in September.

The selectors meet this weekend to pick a 30-man preliminary squad for the tournament and must submit it to the ICC on July 18. England enter the tournament as defending champions.

Pietersen retired from limited-overs international cricket at the end of May. While he wanted only to retire from the 50-over game and to continue to play T20 cricket, the terms of England central contracts state that for a player to be considered for either format of limited-overs cricket, they must be available for both.

"I've always said I want to play in the T20," Pietersen said. "But I needed to get away from the schedule. I cannot keep playing every single day's cricket. I've never been looked after. I cannot keep playing every warm-up game, I cannot keep practising every single day. There comes a time when I know what I need to do to be successful. I've got a young family and I cannot be on the treadmill all day every day.

"I've said before that, if the schedule was right, if they could sort my schedule out, I would love to play for another three or four years in all forms of cricket. But the schedule at the moment is a nightmare."

Morris was an influential figure when Pietersen lost his job as England captain more than three years ago after a breakdown in his relationship with England's coach at the time, Peter Moores, broke down. Moores was also sacked.

England's unease will be all the greater because Andy Flower, England's director of cricket, has referred to similar tensions in balancing his professional and personal life because of the proliferation of international cricket.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by CSKPON on (July 16, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

Dai... K.P .. You are nothing when it comes to national reputation. Just do what ever you can do. Do not dictate your own terms to the nation and to the cricketing world... Follow the rules to survive....

Posted by JG2704 on (July 16, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

@AnkurTheWizard on (July 16 2012, 08:44 AM GMT) re "Its your country you are serving.." - I'm sure there will be a few comms to follow there. Seriously , I do sometimes think KP is trying to make out that he's doing Eng a huge favour. I say either stay retired or come back as though you really want to play

Posted by JG2704 on (July 16, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

@ kallis57 on (July 15 2012, 20:17 PM GMT) In terms of talent alone , he'd breeze into our T20 side , but I still don't like the reluctant attitude he is showing. I think we must trust Flower on this and if KP is showing the right attitude again then Flower will pick him

Posted by AnkurTheWizard on (July 16, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

KP is a great batsman and a cricketer, No second thoughts about it !! But you just cant announce Retirement and then expect that people will come and beg in front of you to come back . Its your country you are serving...you have to be a little responsible !! Talk to your board and then take a step, Its such an embarrasing gesture to pass on to your Fans...You could do better KP !! I am a Fan and I am disappointed !!

Posted by JG2704 on (July 15, 2012, 21:24 GMT)

@YorkshirePudding on (July 15 2012, 08:50 AM GMT) I reckon most people on here think along the lines that KP misses being a part of a winning team and had Eng failed (as expected) with Oz , KP would still be retired. I agree with you and KP's timing of the retirement was appaling (with the T20WC so close) and TBH his comeback timing is also bad IMO and would have been better if he came back after the WC with the ODWC 3 years away , so there would have been no rush to make any hasty decisions. What I don't want is it all blowing up and affecting his test form/attitude , which it could do if he is showing the right attitude. All I know is that it feels morally wrong to bring KP straight back in but if we're all honest and we could transplant someone like Trott, Cook etcs values into KP (or if we could erase the last few months and go back to before he announced his retirement) KP would probably be(most people's) 1st or 2nd pick as a batsman in shorter formats

Posted by madras_boy on (July 15, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

England won this season against Oz because Oz is weaker at the moment. I don't think they can win against SA this season without KP (ofcourse most of the matches gonna be washed out due to dad summer in England) ... Lets see...

Posted by JG2704 on (July 15, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

@AKS286 on (July 15 2012, 17:20 PM GMT) - Sure , I agree with all you say re KP. I think he has probably listening to people like Gayle who has told him that he should negotiate his own terms on the T20/ODI situation and I'm with you that KP thought Oz would thrash us and the ECB would be the ones coming back to KP with their tails between their legs. My thoughts are to put him on a probation period and if he shows the right attitude etc in that time bring him back . As I posted elsewhere I'd try and squeeze him back in but I don't feel comfortable about it. If it was any other top 4 batsman I'd say sod it. I also wonder how KPs attitude towards tests will be if he is completely isolated. I do believe in second chances in such cases

Posted by kallis57 on (July 15, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

If KP is available for the T20 world cup you pick him every day of the week. Firstly he is head and shoulders the best international T20 player. Secondly England have hardly played a T20 game since he 'retired' so who would be missing out? KP basically won England the T20 World Cup on the back of his batting. I believe he was player of the tournament in a landslide vote. The only people who would consider it sensible for us to leave him out would be our opponents. If I am an Indian Sri Lankan or South African bowler who do I want to see walking down the steps for England? KP or any other batsman? If you answer that question honestly then there could be no excuse for not picking the big man for T20 world cup. If you think England have moved on in the 50 over game, don't pick him. I don't think he will cry about that. However to deprive England of the worlds best player at the world cup would a gross dereliction of duty by the selectors. Just pick him.

Posted by AKS286 on (July 15, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

@JG2704 on (July 14 2012, 21:20 PM GMT) KP has the delusion about himself. he intensionally took the retirement just before Oz series & wct20. he thought oz will thrash out the ENG team but the result is reverse that he expected. he also thought ECB try their best to find the substitute of KP but all youngster will flop infront of Oz. IF KP is selected for ODI and t20 then it is really unfair to the bopara,morgan. some people talk about replacing trott but this is not ethical. if he replace any batsmen then this will bring a dispute amongst the players.

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (July 15, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Doors closed now and the airplane is about to take off sorry.

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