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MATTHEW HOG­GARD thinks his for­mer team-mate Kevin Pi­etersen has NO CHANCE of play­ing for Eng­land again and in­sists new ECB chair­man Colin Graves was “care­less” to sug­gest oth­er­wise.

Hog­gard, an Ashes win­ner along­side Pi­etersen in 2005, sees no way back for the out­spo­ken bats­man de­spite Graves’ in­di­ca­tion he would be con­sid­ered for ac­tion again should he re-com­mit to county cricket and make a suc­cess of it.

Pi­etersen re­acted pos­i­tively to that, but Hog­gard rates the en­tire sce­nario as fan­ci­ful and ques­tions the logic of rais­ing the is­sue in public.

“I don’t think he has even half a chance of com­ing back,” said Hog­gard. “I think KP is too far re­moved from this side, with too much wa­ter un­der the bridge for him to come back.

“So it’s a fairly care­less state­ment from the new chair­man. It makes sto­ries at a time Eng­land don’t need any more bad press.

“At the ECB you’ve got one set of peo­ple say­ing, ‘Ab­so­lutely no chance, no way’ – then you have Colin say­ing the op­po­site.

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