I HAVE TONS STILL IN ME!
KP confident of being hit for England again
KEVIN PIETERSEN is confident he can score more Test hundreds for England – if he is given the opportunity.
The controversial recordbreaking batsman trails only captain Alastair Cook in the all-time list of England’s most prolific Test centurions – having made 23, before he was sacked 13 months ago.
The 34-year-old is hoping to resurrect his career with his adopted country after new England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves hinted that a return to county cricket – and first-class form – may put him back in the reckoning after all.
Pietersen is therefore pursuing the possibility of securing a new contract in this country.
Surrey, who de-registered him six months ago after a summer in which he played only Twenty20 cricket, are the strong favourites to re-engage him. Pietersen. “I thought I batted as well as I’ve ever batted in my career in Australia a few months ago.
“I think that’s nonsense – I reckon I’ve still got quite a few Test hundreds in me.”
England appeared to have severed all ties with the South Africa-born batsman, until Graves recently indicated otherwise.
Pietersen’s autobiography, in which he depicted a culture of bullying in the England dressing-room and was highly critical of former team-mates and management staff, seemed to merely confirm a permanent split.
Former England batting coach Graham Gooch, for one, is still warning against his return.
“I wouldn’t bring Pietersen back,” he said.
“Kevin Pietersen did some great things for England, make no mistake. But now it’s time to move on.” DON’T DO IT: Graham Gooch says England should forget about KP MORE TO COME: Pietersen believes he
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