England in India 2011-12 October 7, 2011

Pietersen targets next World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kevin Pietersen has tried to put to bed talk about his future in one-day cricket by insisting that he wants to play for England until at least the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Pietersen is back in the ODI set-up for the series in India, having been rested for the last month of the home season, but is under pressure to perform after a lean two years in the 50-over format.

Pietersen is likely to slot back in at No. 4 when the series starts next week following two warm-up matches although in his absence the likes of Ravi Bopara and Jonny Bairstow have staked their claims. Before leaving for the tour Alastair Cook, the one-day captain, spoke about wanting Pietersen involved all the way to the next World Cup but also said that players had to earn their selection with consistent performances. Pietersen hasn't scored an ODI hundred since November 2008 and over the last two years his average has languished in the low 20s.

"I don't know how many times I need to say it till you stop asking the questions," Pietersen said. "I want to continue playing until the 2015 World Cup, and then we'll reassess. No one's ever guaranteed their place - for their country, for their county, for their club side.

"There's a lot of different permutations and different things that can happen. It's just a case of enjoying every day, and also realising how fortunate we are. If there's any place you want to come and play one-day international cricket, it's here in India."

Pietersen used his break from the game - which included missing the one-dayers against India and the Twenty20s against West Indies - to completely get away from cricket. He moved house in London and spent time with his family, which has become an increasingly important part of his life and the main reason he has admitted to not being a fan of long tours.

He has also said that, while retaining the hunger to play all three forms of international cricket, he enjoyed not having a gruelling schedule of training. "I wanted to take a complete break, and get that bug back for training. That's the first break I've had without an injury for England. It was much appreciated.

"The hardest part of playing all three forms of the game is turning up on training day and doing warm-ups - I think it takes a couple of years off your career. To not have to turn up to training days was an absolute blessing. But you do miss the cricket, participating and competing - because we're all competitors."

After he was left out of the one-day squad last month, it emerged that Pietersen had a wrist injury that required some management and he had an injection before leaving for India. "I've got something in my wrist," he said. "I had a cortisone injection a few days ago, and cortisone just before I left. It's just a case of getting through this tour and seeing where we are at the end."

Pietersen, though, will need to fight through some minor discomfort because England won't wait for him to rediscover his one-day mojo forever.

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  • Martin on October 9, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    @Chithsabesh Sivasankar Bharadwaj - I agree that facing Steyn is one of the great challenges in world cricket, sure - but don't forget - Pietersen has faced the best of the best; Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Brett Lee - and he's done pretty well. KP also faces Finn, Anderson, Broad, Tremlett, etc, in the nets. I also agree that india bowling is toothless. KP will really plunder this bowling. It's just that your comment was rather, er, left field :-)

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    @5wombats I respect what Kevin peitersan has done . I am not a bit like others who says peitersan is overrated . The reason i put Steyn in my comment . Yes i agree with you this is an India , England Series but No use of peitersan scoring against them . That is as poor as a bowling attack gets . I put Steyn in my comment because peitersan hasnt scored so much against him

  • Martin on October 9, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    @Chithsabesh Sivasankar Bharadwaj - what an incredibly whacky comment from you. Who said anything about Dale Steyn? Why is an indian talking about a South African bowler when this series is between England and india? BTW @Chithsabesh Sivasankar Bharadwaj - England have already enjoyed success playing South africa. The last time we played ODI in South Africa we won the series, perhaps you didn't see it. What about indias last ODI series in SA - oh - they lost.

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Dale steyn would rip peitersan apart he is no match for a team like South Africa he can only score against India who by the way have the worst bowling attack in cricket . Enjoy your success england play South africa then we will see .

  • Srinivas on October 8, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    KP may be having some lean period in ODIs. But come on, why do we even have question marks on this rare talent?! It's a privilege to watch him tear attacks apart with his own trademark arrogance and class. KP is a class apart. Leave him alone, all you naysayers.

  • dinesh on October 8, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    @ Ashok Mohanty u told it write that we never know the indian team cold be 8th ranked sorry 10th ranked team by 2015.Stop getting jealous of eng team. we got beaten by a quality eng side, accept the defeat. They r improving and better than us. They r quite better than a already fixed ipl and CLt20 players in our Indian Team.

  • Rohan on October 8, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    can't believe there are people calling Peterson overrated...well, if u r one of the best batsmen of your generation, no praise can be enough for you..Peterson is a champion cricketer, who has won some incredible matches for england..its insane to question his talent or performance..surely a legend of the game..its foolish even on english selector's part to think about leaving him out of the squad..

  • Sammy on October 8, 2011, 16:07 GMT


    India has won the WC twice, how many times have England won? KP thinks England has a chance in 2015 because he reckons by then the english team would be filled with his talented countrymen!!

  • Darren on October 8, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Most batsmen got some time in the middle, the bowlers got some overs under their belt, Finn hat trick seals the game. Decent start to the tour by England

  • sil on October 8, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    @ausaff's cry... England XI 219 Hyderabad XI 94/3 (24/50 ov)

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