England’s one-day international captain Eoin Morgan has spoken of his surprise at batsman Kevin Pietersen’s claims that he is wanted back in the team.
Pietersen’s England career was officially ended last February when the ECB began making plans to rebuild the side’s “team ethic” after a number of incidents between key players had tarnished its reputation.
But in speaking about England's Tri-Series test and upcoming World Cup in February whilst co-commentating on the Australian Big Bash Twenty20, Pietersen said: "I know that the current captain would love to have me in the England team.”
But England captain Eoin Morgan – who took over from Alastair Cook in December – has expressed his surprise at Pietersen’s comments saying: "I'm very happy with the squad of players I have.”
The 28-year-old did insist though that he and Pietersen can “separate business and pleasure. Kev's an absolute entertainer with the bat and off the field. I get on with him really well."
Form of his life?
Pietersen currently plays for the Melbourne Stars in the Australian Big Bash Twenty20 and has averaged 39 runs across five innings since arriving there last year.
And in keeping with his confidence, he explained: "I honestly believe I am batting as well as I have ever batted at the moment."
Morgan was Pietersen’s captain the last time the 34-year-old represented England – a 49-run defeat to Australia in September 2013.