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Kevin Pietersen will retire from all forms of cricket later this year and while he has already dabbled in commentary while off the pitch, he has admitted that he would love to be part of England’s ODI coaching set-up.
Pietersen feels he has a lot to offer and can be a positive influence on the players in the squad, who, according to him, keep asking him for advice.
“Of course, it would be nice to have a connection,” Pietersen was quoted as saying by The Guardian. “I have an incredible amount to offer the game. It is wasted that English cricketers do not benefit.
“They still come to me and ask for help. That is happening and I love that. To be involved with this young, one-day set up would be nice. I would like some involvement because I love the way they play. It is so good.”
England currently hold an unassailable 3-0 lead over Australia in their ongoing ODI series, and Pietersen admitted that he was highly impressed with the way they took the attack to Australia in their own backyard.
Given that England were crushed 4-0 in the Ashes, Pietersen conceded that it was a breath of fresh air to watch England adopt a much more aggressive attitude and approach in the ODI series.
“I just love the attacking nature,” he said. “We have always had the players – it was the system. It is lovely they have a free rein to go out there and fail which is magnificent. Trevor Bayliss has had so much experience in the IPL and T20 cricket so he has seen failure and success.”
Meanwhile, Pietersen’s Big Bash League (BBL) swansong will take place on Saturday when the Melbourne Stars go up against the Hobart Hurricanes.
With Pietersen being renowned for his dedication to save rhinos, a dollar from each ticket sold will go to the Australian Rhino Project.
Despite missing Wednesday’s match against the Sydney Sixers due to an injury, Pietersen has put in the hard yards to be sufficiently fit for Saturday’s clash with the Hurricanes.
“My body is starting to ache and I am really not enjoying the fielding side,” he said. “I have contracts in Dubai and South Africa, so I will look at those and see where I get to. I can’t see myself coming back here and wanting to play another season of Big Bash.”
When asked about his career, Pietersen, who began as an off-spinner, said: “I am aware of how lucky I am to have played one Test match. It will be a celebration. I have loved my career. I will not shed a tear over something that has been so cool.”