Kevin Pietersen has exclusively told GiveMeSport the future of English cricket is bright whilst he is on the verge of becoming the 10th England player to reach a century of Test Match appearances.
The flamboyant batsman will reach 100 Test Match appearances this week when he lines up for his country at the Gabba in Brisbane on Thursday morning in the opening Ashes Test of the series.
The 33-year-old is set to join his former captain Andrew Strauss and the man he replaced in the team in 2005 Graham Thorpe on 100 caps as he passes yet another milestone. Earlier in 2013 came perhaps his biggest accolade of his career as he became the highest run scorer for England across all formats of the game and he is continuing to impress for Andy Flower’s men.
While a whole host of senior players were rested for the One Day Internationals against Australia in September the Surrey man was desperate to feature and played his part in nurturing a young squad which included the likes of Ben Stokes, Chris Jordan and Boyd Rankin.
Now in his 10th year of international cricket, Pietersen has welcomed an abundance of talent into the dressing room which includes the majority of the current Test side with only Ian Bell and James Anderson making their debut before he entered the set-up.
England have three uncapped players in their 17-man squad which is currently preparing in Brisbane and Pietersen has told GiveMeSport he is optimistic with what he sees.
“I was really impressed with Ben (Stokes) in the ODIs. Both the speeds that he bowled and the distance he hits the ball proves he is a very, very bright young talent in English cricket so that is good and its nice he’s here in Australia.
“Gary (Ballance) has played really well this season just gone and it’s nice to get these guys a bit of a taste of what is to come in their future and I think if they’ve got good heads on their shoulders they will learn a hell of a lot and it will stand them in good stead for the rest of their careers.”
Pietersen will represent England in the 273rd different match this week if you add his 136 ODIs and 37 T20 appearances with his Test record and he admits he is always there to offer advice to the next generation.
“Absolutely, my door is always open for anybody to talk about batting, to talk about pressure, dealing with expectation and it is nice to see some new fresh faces.
“The one day series at the end of the summer was actually really fun with a great bunch of guys and Ashley Giles is a good mate of mine, he’s done a fantastic job with that side and it’s a top working environment and it was good fun.”