Bopara and Morgan are willing to forgive Pietersen and move on
Ever since Kevin Pietersen was booted off the England team for sending derogatory text messages about former Test captain Andrew Strauss and current coach Andy Flower, many cricket pundits believed that his international career was all but over, but according to England batsmen Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan, there still may be hope for Pietersen since they believe he would be welcomed back into the team.
Pietersen’s relationship with his team-mates has become extremely frosty after the text messages incident, and to make things even worse, Pietersen was involved in a row with a senior member of the team after having some foul-mouthed words for debutant James Taylor during the second Test against South Africa at Headingley.
However, Pietersen has also infuriated the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), after constantly telling them that he only wants to represent England in Twenty20 cricket and that the number of ODI matches should be cut since they are “dull”.
Furthermore, Pietersen wants the ECB to grant him the permission to miss two Test matches against New Zealand next year in order to play a full season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
As a result of his spats with the ECB and his team-mates, the cricket board decided to remove Pietersen from all of the England squads and also did not include him in the 15-man squad that will represent the country at the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 later this month in Sri Lanka.
According to reports, Pietersen met with Flower recently in order to ensure that he still has a chance of rescuing his international career.
However, Bopara and Morgan have come to the rescue, noting that England need Pietersen’s unorthodox batting style, even though reports state that he is no longer welcome in the team’s dressing room.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News, Morgan said: “I think everybody would like to see him back, I think the general public love watching him play, and the cricketing world do as well.”
Bopara was hoping to see Pietersen back in England colours soon since he believes that the flamboyant batsman can be a huge asset for the team.
“It’d be nice to see him back in England colours. He’s a great player; we know he’s a class player. I hope for him things turn out well,” Bopara said.