Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has sensationally admitted that playing for South Africa is a viable option as he looks to ready himself for a return to international cricket in time for the 2019 World Cup.
Pietersen hasn’t featured in the England setup since he was infamously removed as captain after a 5-0 loss to Australia at the 2013/14 Ashes series.
The 37-year-old has stated that this year’s NatWest T20 Blast campaign with Surrey will be his last, but he does plans to continue playing around the world for various T20 franchises.
He hasn’t given up on his international future either it seems as he plans a return to the fold for the first time in nearly four years.
“I’ll play for South Africa. It’s a possibility,” he said.
“We’ll wait until 2019. All I’m doing now is committing to the franchises.
“I’ll play in South Africa for the next two years. I’ll play in Australia for the next two years. I’ll play in Pakistan for the next two years.
“The issue with (playing in) England next year is I’m building a lodge in Africa and the time I’ll be there with my family and doing stuff in Africa is over this period, so I won’t be in England next year.”
South African born Pietersen was eligible to play for England because of his English mother and made his Test debut back in the 2005 Ashes series during England’s historic 2-1 series win against Australia.
He went on to feature in 626 Test matches and 185 ODI’s.
When talking about a possible move to represent South Africa, Pietersen couldn't help but take a dig at the current England batting order.
"Now if you have a look at the England set-up at the moment, could I bat in the top four? I reckon I could play in a few positions left-handed without pads on.
"I'm having a laugh, but could I bat in the order? Yes, I could.
"Am I going to? No, it's been kyboshed."
The batsman is aiming for a return to international cricket in time for the 2019 World Cup which is to be held in England and Wales.
Pietersen recently played his first domestic match for nearly two years as he made his Surrey comeback.
On Wednesday, he hit four sixes in an over, as well as hitting 52 off 35 balls as he made an emphatic return to fray during the NatWest T20 blast as Surrey edged to victory against Essex by just 10 runs.
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