KP back at ‘the office’

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Published: Monday 6th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Kevin Pietersen began what he hopes will be a journey back into the England set-up as he joined his Surrey team-mates for his first net session of the season on Monday.

The 34-year-old has harboured ambitions to return to Test cricket since he was dropped over a year ago amid claims his presence in the dressing room was causing unrest.

The incoming England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves appears to have extended an olive branch but, whilst England were preparing to start their Caribbean tour with a game against a St Kitts & Nevis XI in Basseterre, Pietersen was an early arrival for Surrey’s training session at The Oval.

The batsman, who agreed to a cancellation of his contract with Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, is looking to catch the eye of England’s selectors and is likely to turn out for Surrey in a three-day game against Oxford University.

He arrived early for the Easter Monday session at The Oval – Tweeting a picture of the pitch with the caption: “In the office today. #Oval” – before team-mates such as Gareth Batty and Jade Dernbach followed him in.

It was just before 2pm when Pietersen re-emerged following the net session.

Pietersen’s battle to make it back into the England side has been making headlines for months and he took exception to a radio interview by former England batsman and batting coach Graham Gooch on Sunday and took to Twitter to unleash his response.

Gooch, England’s record Test run-scorer, had told BBC Radio Five Live England needed to win in the Caribbean to silence calls for Pietersen’s return, but elsewhere he was largely supportive of the 34-year-old, even claiming he had “wiped the floor” with his former employers in the PR stakes.

Pietersen nevertheless argued his own hopes of a recall were no less fanciful than Gooch’s reintegration after leading the 1982 rebel tour to Apartheid-era South Africa.

”Graham Gooch – you captained a rebel tour of SA, got banned & then returned to the England team. I don’t think I’ve done anything as bad!” Pietersen wrote on Twitter.

“He shouldn’t be commenting with his history! If anything, he should be saying there is always a way back!!!”

Published: Monday 6th April 2015 by The News Editor

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