Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has not given up on the hope of playing Test cricket again. The swashbuckling right-hander admitted that he is eyeing a return to Test cricket with his country of birth South Africa.
The right-handed batsman played his last Test at Sydney in the 2013-14 Ashes series, where Australia whitewashed England. After the tour, he was never selected for another match despite continuously expressing his willingness to play.
When the veteran of 104 Test matches was asked about the prospect of returning to international cricket in the South African jersey, Pietersen said, “Yes, it is a thought in my head. 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.”
Pietersen admitted that he misses playing on the international stage. He said, “Do I miss playing international cricket? Do I miss batting in international cricket? Yes, I do very much so you never know.”
Last year he skipped the Indian Premier League (IPL) to win back his Test spot and turned up for Surrey in Division Two of the County Championship and scored a sublime triple-hundred against Leicestershire at The Oval.
Despite his good performances, the newly appointed England director of cricket, Andrew Strauss, indicated that he’s not considering Pietersen for a national recall.
The 35-year-old cricketer will be 37 in 2018 when he is eligible to play for South Africa. But the aggressive batsman and style icon certainly hasn’t given up hope of playing for either country. He said, “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,”
Pietersen, who has scored more than 8000 Test runs, says that he is in a great frame of mind and is enjoying his life at the moment. He is currently playing in the IPL for his new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
He played an important knock of unbeaten 21 of 14 balls to help his team win the opening match of IPL 2016 against the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI).