Pietersen to put up Periscope?

Published: Sunday 5th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Kevin Pietersen has hinted the first chapter of his county comeback could be streamed live to fans.

The divisive batsman has re-signed for Surrey this summer in an attempt to win an unlikely England recall, having been thrown an apparent lifeline by incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves.

He has not played in the LV= County Championship since 2013 but is set to start the season with the Brown Caps in the hope of turning the selectors’ heads and reversing last year’s controversial sacking.

The 34-year-old has indicated that his campaign will start with a three-day warm-up against Oxford MCCU on April 12 and he is due to return to the nets on Monday.

Pietersen announced that to his 2.3 million Twitter followers on Easter Sunday, raising the prospect of using the social network’s new broadcast app, Periscope, to showcase his session in real time.

He wrote: “Starting to bat tomorrow…might @periscopeco it, so all of you can watch it Live & see how I get on. Should I? #comeback”.

Quite how Pietersen’s ‘#comeback’ will pan out in the long term is unclear.

He clearly feels Graves’ words are encouragement enough of a Test recall but after so many bitter recriminations – and one dazzlingly indiscreet autobiography – there are still many bridges to build.

His decision to hit the county trail, so long a bete noire in his career, at least offers the platform for him to nudge both selectorial and public opinion from close quarters.

But when England flew to the West Indies on Thursday ahead of the forthcoming Test series, the messages were thoroughly mixed.

Captain Alastair Cook, who was not given a glittering write-up in the Pietersen’s book, largely absolved himself from the decision-making process, insisting it would be taken by Graves, managing director of England cricket Paul Downton and chief executive Tom Harrison.

Coach Peter Moores was less ambiguous.

Moores was sacked from his first stint in charge in 2008, partially at the behest of Pietersen, whose intervention also cost him the captaincy.

He was then belittled as a nagging ‘woodpecker’ in the the batsman’s memoir and reconciliation between the two men would appear a stretch.

Asked at Gatwick about the situation, Moores said: “From my point of view, Kevin isn’t on the radar.”

He would, therefore, seem an unlikely viewer of Pietersen’s Periscope net session.

Published: Sunday 5th April 2015 by The News Editor

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