KP con­fi­dent of be­ing hit for Eng­land again

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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

can still score Test cen­turies

for Eng­land

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