Morgan ‘would love to have me in the England team’, says Kevin Pietersen

"If I get the opportunity to play for England I will"

“If I get the opportunity to play for England I will”

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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has announced that ODI captain Eoin Morgan “would love to” have him in the country’s World Cup squad.

Pietersen has not represented England ever since he was sacked following the national team’s disastrous Ashes series against Australia in December 2013 to January 2014.

While commentating during a Big Bash League (BBL) match, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting asked Pietersen how he would feel if he were given the opportunity to play in the World Cup.

After being asked this question, Pietersen said: “I know that the current captain would love to have me in the England team. Who knows? I don’t see why not. I’m hitting it ok and I get on pretty well with most of the guys in there, if not all of them.

“I want to play for England; if I get the opportunity to play for England I will. I’m 34 years of age; Kumar Sangakkara is 38 and has just scored a double hundred.

“I honestly believe that I’m batting as well as I’ve ever batted at the moment. I’ve got over my knee injury which is huge. Over the last 18 months I’ve just hated batting, just because my knee was so sore.

“I love playing cricket at the moment so given half the opportunity to go and play [in the World Cup], the way I’m playing at the moment, of course I would.

“The frustrating thing for me is that I’ll be sitting on my sofa watching a series and I’ll get a message from a couple of youngsters in the side saying ‘what shall I do tomorrow – how should I play?’

“That for me is quite sad because I’d prefer to be standing at the other end, or training with these guys, saying this is how we should and shouldn’t do it.”

Pietersen also went on to reveal that he enjoyed playing under the leadership of Michael Vaughan the most since he learnt a lot during that period of time.

“Vaughan was brilliant, the messages that he delivered were on key and he didn’t give out too many,” Pietersen said. “He liked free spirits and understood players who could win him games.

“It was good man-management – you should treat everybody individually, try and get the best out of your individuals in the team. It takes all types to win games and you’ve got to get the best out of all types in all different circumstances. That’s leadership.

“[Andrew] Strauss and I were close buddies, but then some things went on and I don’t think he liked a few of the things I said.

“I actually think we’ll be ok, Straussy is a good man. But occasionally some people just fall out.”

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