Pietersen hits back at soothsayers of his ODI doom
London: England batsman Kevin Pietersen has come out fighting after his ODI future was called into question, insisting that he wants to play every international game.
Pietersen, who was part of England’s Test and Twenty20 squads, has been rested from the ongoing five-match ODI series against India.
“I’ve got two Twenty20s versus the West Indies later this month at The Oval and then we leave on October 3 for the one-day series in India, which is five ODIs and a Twenty20. I’d love to play in all six games in India,” a leading daily quoted Pietersen, as saying.
“You can never say you won’t have an injury or that you’re a dead cert for selection, but I’d love to play in every game, of course,” he added.
The 31-year-old also reckons that the ‘rest’ given to him by the selectors will help England’s quest to retain the No.1 ranking in Test and gain the top spot in one-day cricket.
“There’s no doubt that England’s success is also partly down to the fact that the players are rested when they can. International cricket can be a constant slog. I think India have got to that point now,” Pietersen said.
“The demands on the top players, especially if they play all three forms of international cricket, are immense. Maybe that’s why we haven’t quite got there yet in one-day cricket. But we’re working on it,” he added.
Pietersen has hit just one hundred and two fifties in his last 30 ODI innings since November 2008.
Earlier, England ODI skipper Alastair Cook had also declined to confirm if Pietersen would be selected in the squad when they visit India next autumn.
“KP is a world-class player and we have said that as part of the management of players’ workloads, he is being rested for this series. It’s all part of the programme to look after people who play all three forms of the game, but there is no guarantee for anyone,” Cook had said.