Pietersen pelts record-breaking maiden triple-ton, but will he put an England shirt on again?
Kevin Pietersen hit a destructive 326 not out in the opening day of the County Championship clash for Surrey against Leicestershire.
The career-best knock came of just 373 balls with 34 fours and 14 sixes, smashing his previous best of 254 runs in 2012. On completion of this innings Petersen expressed his opinions on his International future.
It's probably one of the best innings I've ever played, I've always said I've a burning desire to play for England again. I'm desperate to play for England again, I want to play for England again and I want to play for England again soon."
The South African born cricketer last played for England in the final Ashes test against Australia in 2014. In February he was exiled from the team altogether after being told by the ECB that he was no longer part of plans.
He had been involved in a controversial falling out with former England captain Andrew Strauss after being accused of sending provocative text messages to opposing team-mates in the series against South Africa in 2012.
15 months on from his banishment, Pietersen hopes his success at the crease might change things.
The 34 year-old said:
I've said for a while that I'm batting better than ever and this is proof of that. What more can I do? I'm ready to play for England."
Hope was given to Pietersen after then managing-director Paul Downton, who played a part in the sacking, left after a dismal World Cup performance. Peter Moores, who had an irreparable rift with Pietersen in 2009 following a dispute, was sacked from his role as team coach at the end of last week.
ECB Chairman Colin Graves hinted that there was still a chance for Pietersen.
Pietersen said: “All I’ve been asked to do by the chairman elect is get a county and to score runs and I’ve done both and I do believe I’m good enough to play for England. All I can do is score runs. That’s it.”
Andrew Strauss was named the new director of cricket last week, and will hold his first press conference today.
Early reports suggest that the position of Pietersen and his England future haven’t changed, but the situation will be announced by Strauss.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan gave his opinion of the situation on twitter saying:
Just pick your best available players and let's stop over complicating sport.... It's a game of Cricket... Nothing more Nothing less...”
The England squad for the upcoming visit of New Zealand is set to be announced on Thursday.
Looking forward to day two of the game against Leicestershire, Pietersen was the first player to hit a treble-ton in the County Championship since Michael Carberry for Hampshire in 2011, and has no sign of stopping.
He said: "It was an incredibly special moment, a special feeling. I've always wondered if I would get anywhere near 300, but if I bat well on Tuesday, maybe I could get near 400."
Written by Matthew Tilbury.
Image credit to Test Match Special.