England's Pietersen dilemma

Pietersen hopes for New Zealand tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 21, 2012

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It was a thrilling innings by Kevin Pietersen to lift England, England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 3rd day, August 4, 2012
Kevin Pietersen has his eye on the New Zealand trip next year © Getty Images

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."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by maddy20 on (September 23, 2012, 18:59 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!

Posted by chedullasreedhar on (September 23, 2012, 17:46 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

Posted by Hammond on (September 23, 2012, 9:51 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.

Posted by JBerger on (September 22, 2012, 18:54 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.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 17:55 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.

Posted by InsideHedge on (September 22, 2012, 12:03 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.

Posted by Narbavi on (September 22, 2012, 12:02 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??

Posted by neerajprasher on (September 22, 2012, 10:59 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.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 0:38 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.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 0:07 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 23:32 GMT)

Darren Cook's comment is illustrative of the vitriol that has been directed at Pietersen. It should sadden all cricket fans -- no, all PEOPLE -- that such rubbish is spouted by people who can't have a clue about what's actually been said in private discussions between the ECB, Strauss, Cook, Flower and Pietersen.

Posted by WayneGo on (September 21, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

I'm with Darren Cook on this one. Time to move on from KP. There is a huge pool of naturally talented players in English cricket from which to nurture for a bright English future. Can we please just get back to the cricket.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

KP must never play for England again, or actually KP must never further his career by using England!

Time for England to forget him and use some of the many Talent English youngsters.

Posted by 158notout on (September 21, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

marc beckers - I don't think you can be further from the truth with a description of KP psyche as 'sober'. I don't think anyone else is to blame for this whole situation than KP.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

strauss is real gentelman.. he ll defenatly forgive kp , and i think real prb is between kp and swann,broad, and a few england born cricketer who didnt get good deal in ipl.. jealosy factors....

Posted by nlight on (September 21, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

This reflects well on Strauss - shows he is man enough to get the bigger picture. As for kp, we'll have to wait and see. I won't be holding my breath.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

gosh and KP cant keep his fingers from Twitter....seriously when would he mature (pls print this cricinfo)

Posted by mikey76 on (September 21, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Beware NZ if he comes back. I think the runs will flow from his bat, a hapless kiwi attack will struggle to contain him.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (September 21, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

The last two sentences seem to reflect the situation as it was better than other versions. In other words we had normality between those two all along. Why did anyone suggest otherwise? Seems perfectly straightforward.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (September 21, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

This Strauss Guy sound like a Proper Gentleman :)

Posted by whatawicket on (September 21, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

well if he can keep it quite for a period 3/4 month he may get back, but i hope not.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

I can't imagine KP's argument was ever with Strauss. I rather suspect it's about other egos in the dressing room who perhaps were not getting the same sort of limelight/credit as KP and took to needling. It's a form of English humour that probably doesn't sit well with the more sober South African psyche. I just hope it's not a case of ECB saying "come back, KP, all is forgiven" and KP saying "only if XYZ are no longer on the team". If that is the issue that still needs resolving, then that is fatal.

Posted by Hira1 on (September 21, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

how come KP is willing to play against Newzealand when the tour is scheduled in between IPL so if the accusations were true against KP then certainly he will declined the offer and if he prefers to play against newzealand ahead of IPL then definitely KP honor England more than IPL..........In my opinion KP will either return before indian tour (last minute recall against some injured player) or only after newzealand tour

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