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Pietersen is determined to score 10,000 Test runs and play in the 2015 ICC World Cup
Flamboyant England batsman Kevin Pietersen has announced that he feels “as fresh as ever”, despite having succumbed to calf and knee injuries over the past year.
Pietersen noted that he has two goals in mind as of right now, the first being to play in the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, and the second being to score 10,000 Test runs.
“I’m as fresh as ever in terms of wanting to score runs,” he said. “I’d love 10,000 Test runs, I really would. But you’ve got to stay in form, stay injury free – I’ve been hampered by injuries the last few years.
“I wouldn’t say I’m getting on, I’m only 33, so I’d love to play [Test cricket] for another three to four years. I’d love to play the 2015 World Cup as well. So there’s quite a few things I’m really looking forward to.”
The 33-year-old was also delighted to have won the Ashes for the fourth time in his career, with this year’s success coming after triumphs in 2005, 2009 and 2010/11.
“It’s a great feeling,” he said. “You always enjoy it when you’re winning – we’re 3-0 up. We play really tough cricket against each other. The Ashes is what you play cricket for.
“It’s been a great series and it bodes well for a fascinating series Down Under as well. We’re going to have to play some very good cricket because this is a good Australian side. We’ve won some very, very key stages over the last four Tests and that’s where it counted.”