Pietersen continues pitch for place


Published: Friday 8th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Kevin Pietersen is continuing his pitch to pull off a still improbable return to Test cricket.

The record-breaking batsman, ditched by the England and Wales Cricket Board after the 2013/14 Ashes whitewash, is hoping runs for Surrey could yet secure a return in time for this summer’s rematch against Australia.

He has already acknowledged success in the middle will be the only currency which persuades a management team which is in a state of flux, and reportedly about to be bolstered by the appointment of his former captain Andrew Strauss as director of cricket.

Pietersen has made one half-century in four LV= County Championship innings since his return to Surrey at the start of this season, and his next opportunity should come against Leicestershire this weekend.

In the absence of a welter of runs yet, he is hoping a few choice words on Twitter may help to seal an unlikely deal.

Responding to a report in which emerging England batsman Alex Hales spoke of his hope that Pietersen might be on hand for tips this summer, he tweeted: “I’d be happy to help! Be nice to bat at 4 & him open in Ashes!”

Encouraged by one of his near 2.5million followers, Pietersen added: “I will (help) if I get asked, but I’d rather do it by batting on 21 May in the Test match with him! ”

As for the apparently imminent appointment of Strauss, Pietersen is advising his fellow former Ashes-winner sets aside “personal feelings” – which have included a heavily strained working relationship at times between the two of them and an expletive uttered by Strauss about Pietersen when he believed he was off air during a Sky commentary stint.

Strauss did not always appear convinced either by the methods of under-pressure coach Peter Moores, during the latter’s first tenure in 2007 and 2008.

Pietersen added: “Hopefully he puts personal feelings aside & does what’s right for English cricket…he has HUGE responsibility now!”

At another follower’s observations that he needs to start scoring runs to press his case, he said: “I have over 13000 international runs! I top scored in my last series…I have 1000’s more in me for England!”

Published: Friday 8th May 2015 by The News Editor

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