England's Pietersen dilemma September 21, 2012

Pietersen hopes for New Zealand tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kevin Pietersen has said he hopes his exile from international cricket will be over by the time England tour New Zealand early next year.

Pietersen was left out of the squad to tour India, having initially been dropped for the final Test against South Africa at Lord's. On Thursday, England's new Test captain Alastair Cook, confirmed that talks remain ongoing between the board and the batsman, while Pietersen is working for TV in Sri Lanka during the World Twenty20.

Then, on Friday, in a conversation with New Zealand rugby player Dan Carter over Twitter, Pietersen said: "Hoping all's sorted and I'm on the NZ tour in Feb."

Before England arrive in New Zealand in mid-February, they have a five-match ODI series in India during January, although Pietersen's message would appear to suggest he does not hold out great hopes of making that tour after Christmas. It has been reported that representatives from Big Bash League franchises are heading to Sri Lanka to discuss deals with Pietersen. The BBL takes place in December and January.

After the Test squad was announced on Tuesday, Pietersen's management company released a statement saying he was "disappointed" not to have been included, after believing he had done everything asked of him to help sort out the situation which blew up after he sent "provocative" texts to South African players during the Test series.

Andrew Strauss, who retired following the defeat against South Africa, confirmed that Pietersen had personally apologised to him and that their relationship was now repaired, although added he was now on the outside of the ongoing discussions.

"It was good that we spoke and got a few things out in the open," Strauss told BBC Radio 5 Live during the PCA awards in London. "We've always been good friends. It was an awkward time this summer for all sorts of people.

"I will have no problems meeting up with Kevin and having a beer with him, definitely. We've been through a lot together, we've had huge shared experiences, and nothing changes in that respect."

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  • V.L on September 23, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Well the T-20 game against India ruthlessly exposed England's frailties against spin. Losing is one thing but losing in such an embarrassing manner against a second string Indian side(Wiht out 3 of their best players including their best spinner) has to worry them. They have not lasted 3/4th of their quota of 20 overs and were clueless against Doosras and Googlies. Since they did not pick their best batsman vs spin against India for the test series, we will get to see a lot more of these humorous batting performances!

  • sreedhar on September 23, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    without maestro england didnt win any international match. take the example of match b/w sa vs england and now t20 with india we want maestro back on the field despite of leaving him, if they didnt select him england may loose the quality and well performed player

  • Geoffrey on September 23, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    I agree with Darren 100%. The England team will never trust KP again. When it came to the crunch, he clearly showed that his loyalty did not lie with England. It's time to go.. Kevin.

  • Jonathan on September 22, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    This whole thing has been blown out of enormous proportion. ECB should take a chill-pill now. KP should look else where rather than kiss-up to old hats.

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    KP is a great player and any team should love to have him in their 11....also KP needs to dedicate himselp to the team....and if you need a break take a few months off and return.

  • Sanjay on September 22, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    @Zeeshan: Agreed, KP should stay away from Twitter but ppl like him and Lalit Modi are addicted to it. Knowing this form of social media has got them into deep trouble, they continue to repeat the same mistakes thereby shooting themselves in the foot. I forget the name of this condition but it's a basic psychological problem.....oh yeah, it's called STUPIDITY.

  • narbavi on September 22, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    @Darren Cook: Where were you when he got those great test hundreds for you?? and when he was the architect behind your only icc trophy till date??

  • neeraj on September 22, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    KP shud go bak to south africa n play domestic for year n then he can play for RSA.dont need to apology to them.they r losers.

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    @Paul Mcallister is Compton KP's replacement? I thought that was Jonny Bairstow. Compton is there as one of two possible replacements for Strauss. Like Strauss he moved from SA to Eng as a schoolboy and has played for England at several junior levels- very different from the likes of KP, Trott & Kieswetter.

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    you are joking aren't you Darren Cook? why then, did they name his replacement as Nick Compton? yet another South African.

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