Eoin Morgan has had his say on the Kevin Pietersen controversy that has marred English cricket for the last twelve months.
Morgan admits he wishes Pietersen was still in the side and he feels ‘sad’ about the whole saga that ended the controversial batsman’s international career after the 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia.
He exclusively told GiveMeSport: “It could be a case of where he potentially could still be playing for England and the fact he’s not is really sad.”
The fallout from England’s disastrous tour at the end of the last year revealed the former captain’s strained relationship with the coaching staff and current captain Alastair Cook.
Pietersen had played for England nearly 250 times in all formats and averaged over 40 in Tests and ODIs with a respectful 37.93 in T20s. Morgan thinks cricket fans all over the world will miss his explosive shots.
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He continued: “When I wasn’t in the side I was the first to switch on the tele and watch him bat and there’s millions of people out there that don’t see as much of him now as they probably would like to.”
Life without Pietersen goes on for Morgan and the rest of the England team as they step-up their preparation for next year’s World Cup with the first of a seven-match ODI series against Sri Lanka tomorrow.