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Kevin Pietersen Calls For Changes In English Cricket

Kevin Pietersen Calls For Changes In English Cricket
Kevin Pietersen walks off after a blistering 149-ball 170 for Surrey on Sunday.
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Kevin Pietersen, who stroked a whirlwind 149-ball 170 on his comeback with Surrey on Sunday, lauded the recent England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decision to make wholesale changes to its management structure.

While a lot of changes are likely in the coming months both in the England squad and in the team-management, ECB is also set to have a new boss in the form of Colin Graves who will take over in May.

“English cricket needs to change,” said Pietersen.

“It looks like they’re going to make some changes. They’ve already started to make changes.

“I really like the way the new bosses are talking, the stuff that you read and the stuff that you hear.”

Expressing disappointment over his side's setbacks in the last two years, Pietersen stated that his heart still beats for the England team.

England’s poor form particularly in One-Day Internationals fell to steeper levels with their premature exit from the recently concluded World Cup after being beaten by Bangladesh.

Voicing his thoughts as an England fan, Pietersen stated that he was deeply hurt by the setbacks suffered by England in the last two years.

“They were among the first teams to leave Australia in the World Cup.

“I was on the plane that day and they were on the plane the other way around.

“It’s not nice as an England fan, as someone who has played with so much passion each time in his career.”

Despite being ignored by the England selectors for the last two years, Pietersen got a lease of life couple of months back by the incoming ECB boss.

Graves stated that the doors weren't closed as yet on Pietersen provided the latter proved his credentials in the county season, a statement that brought life into the Pietersen issue once again.

Consequently, the 34-year-old batsman decided to pull out of his Indian Premier League commitments to focus entirely on county cricket.

“Anything that can make England win, I’m on for it.

“I just need to score runs. My job is to score runs.

“I’ve been given a lifeline, probably you can call it that”

With close to 14,000 international runs across all formats, Pietersen is England's highest run-scorer ever in cricket history.

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