Moores: KP not on the radar

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Published: Thursday 2nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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Kevin Pietersen is not “on the radar” for a Test recall, according to England coach Peter Moores.

Boss Moores insisted England must focus on their three-Test battle in the West Indies, as the squad prepared to jet out to the Caribbean from Gatwick Airport on Thursday.

England cricket’s new chairman Colin Graves has refused to rule out a Test return for Pietersen, who has been frozen out of the national set-up for more than a year.

Coach Moores refused to consider the South Africa-born batsman’s credentials ahead of the West Indies tour however, despite Pietersen signing a new deal with Surrey in order to prove himself as a run-scorer at county level once more.

“For me Kevin’s not on this trip, so I don’t need to focus on Kevin at all,” said Moores.

“My focus is to support Alastair (Cook) as I always would and the 16 players on this tour.

“At the end of that summer (last year) we’d gone through a tough summer, and started to play the sort of attacking cricket people like, and we like.

“That’s our focus at the moment.

“From my point of view Kevin isn’t on the radar.

“So he can’t be in my or Cooky’s focus at all.”

Published: Thursday 2nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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