A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Kevin Pietersen hoping to be included in England squad for New Zealand tour

Pietersen will have to continue playing the waiting game to see if he is selected for the New Zealand tour

After learning that he would be dropped for the upcoming tour of India, England batsman Kevin Pietersen announced that he hopes that he can represent his country when they square off against New Zealand next year.

However, earlier this summer, Pietersen had constantly pleaded with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to allow him to miss the first two Test matches of that series in order to play a full season of the star-studded Indian Premier League (IPL).

But, with Pietersen’s new attitude towards representing his country, many cricket pundits believe that he has learnt his lesson and that it would be wise for the national selectors to include him in the squad.

In hopes to get support for his newfound attitude, Pietersen, via his Twitter account said: “Hoping all’s sorted and I’m on the NZ tour in Feb.”

Before their series against New Zealand in mid-February, they will play India in a five-match ODI series, but Pietersen does not have high hopes about being selected for the limited overs series either.

Since Pietersen does not have any commitments until after the Christmas break, some Big Bash League franchises have expressed their interest in signing the England batsman for the upcoming tournament in Australia.

In fact, the Melbourne Renegades boss Stuart Coventry even flew down to Sri Lanka during the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 to have a private talk with Pietersen about signing a contract with the franchise.

The other Big Bash League team that has expressed a lot of interest in signing Pietersen is the Sydney Sixers.

Pietersen’s management company released a statement saying that the England batsman was “disappointed” not to have been included in the squad for the India tour since he had done everything possible to resolve the ongoing situation involving him sending derogatory text messages about former Test captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower to South African players during the recent Test series between the two nations.

Strauss, who retired after the Test series against South Africa, noted that Pietersen had personally apologised about the whole incident.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5, Strauss said: “It was good that we spoke and got a few things out in the open, we’ve always been good friends. It was an awkward time this summer for all sorts of people. I will have no problems meeting up with Kevin and having a beer with him, definitely. We’ve been through a lot together, we’ve had huge shared experiences, and nothing changes in that respect.”

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