Kevin Pietersen eyes Test return with South Africa

Former England player Kevin Pietersen hasn’t given up hope of playing Test cricket again, admitting he’s eyeing a return to the international arena with South Africa.

South African born English cricket, Kevin Peiterson
South African born English cricket, Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen was axed by England after 2013-14 Ashes whitewash in Australia and despite continually expressing his willingness to play for England, his chances of a recall have been dashed from time to time.

“Yes, it is a thought in my head,” he admitted. “If it happens, it happens, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Obviously, playing international is something I have done for a very long time.

“Do I miss playing international cricket? Do I miss batting in international cricket? Yes, I do very much, so you never know,” he said.

The 35-year-old will be 37 in 2018 when he is eligible to play for South Africa. But the aggressive batsman certainly hasn’t given up hope of playing for either country.

“The eligibility for South Africa is still a year away. So we will have to wait and see but it is definitely still an option,” KP added.

“I am in a great frame of mind now. I enjoy myself and don’t take life too seriously. I still train hard and love batting, I love practicing my batting, I love the art of batting. It may not guarantee me getting runs, but it gives me a good chance to get runs.

“I am very lucky that I have played international cricket for 10 years and over 100 Test matches,” Pietersen concluded.

Pietersen is currently playing in the Indian Premier League for Rising Pune Supergiants. He scored an unbeaten 21 off 14 balls to help his team win the opening match of IPL 9 against the defending champions Mumbai Indians. (Cricket Next/IBN live)


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