Kevin Pietersen Hopeful For England Return Amidst Gloom
Kevin Pietersen, who hammered a triple-century for Surrey on Monday, remains hopeful of an England recall despite reports indicating he will not be part of the Ashes squad.
According to reports, after Pietersen ended the day on a historic unbeaten 326 for Surrey against Leicestershire, the 34-year-old headed to a private meeting with the newly appointed Director of England Cricket, Andrew Strauss.
Also present was featured England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chief Executive Tom Harrison who along with Strauss reportedly informed Pietersen that he will not be selected for the country again.
Although there was no official announcement from any of the parties involved, speculation is rife that Pietersen may never play for England again.
Earlier in the day Pietersen blazed his way to the third highest individual score by a Surrey batsman which was also the highest by a batsman from the club in over 120 years.
The typically brutal Pietersen innings of an unbeaten 326 came from just 373 balls including 34 fours and 14 sixes as he added 110 for the last wicket with Matt Dunn who contributed a mere five runs to the partnership.
The 34-year-old had expressed hope of a positive development after his superhuman exploits at The Oval while refusing to divulge details on his meeting with Strauss.
"Today all I was interested in was trying to bat all day and score runs," said Pietersen.
"Runs is the best currency at the moment, it’s all I can do.
"The (ECB) chairman-elect (Colin Graves) said to me 'you get a county, you score runs, that’s all you’ve got to do', and that’s all I want to do, just score runs.
"It’s important I’ve done the business and I want to continue to do the business."
With him having scored a truckload of runs already, Pietersen hopes that he can sort out past issues with Strauss for the betterment of English cricket.
While heaping praises on his former captain, Pietersen expressed hope of getting an opportunity to represent England again.
"He (Strauss) is a good man, I’ve always said he’s a good man," said Pietersen.
"We may have had our differences for a little while but I just hope, and he has responsibility to bring that side back closer to the public.
"Because the public have been very very far away from that side over the last 12-15 months.”
Pietersen is aware of the impact his past feud with Strauss can have on his career but was adamant in his desire to make a comeback.
"My issue is a big issue and hopefully we will sort it soon.
“All I was told to do was get a county, I’ve given up my IPL deal, which was a big decision.
“I’m not playing for money here,I’m donating all my funds to charity because all I want to do is play for England again.”
Always known for his immense self-confidence, Pietersen believes he can make an impact to the England line-up if chosen for the summer.
"I think the public just wants to see an England team winning, an England team that goes on to the field and competes.
"Personal differences between personalities has nothing to do with what the public wants – an England cricket team winning.
"I feel I can add to them doing well this summer."
The dynamic batsman also termed his knock on Monday as his best-ever knock and hopes he can consolidate further when resumes on the third day.
Expressing his strong passion for an England recall, Pietersen stated that he had done everything within his capability to earn a spot in the team.
"What more can I do?
“All I can do is score runs. I'm incredibly proud of how I played under pressure.
"I knew there was a lot of pressure on me and I was feeling it.
“It is probably the best innings I've ever played.
"I've said for a while that I'm batting better than ever and this is proof of that.
"It was an incredibly special moment, a special feeling.
“I've always wondered if I would get anywhere near 300, but if I bat well on Tuesday, maybe I could get near 400."
Pietersen, who is England's highest run-scorer in international cricket across all formats, last represented the country in the 2013-14 Ashes tour.
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