Kevin Pietersen isn't willing to give up his international career without a fight, however it comes with a twist. The 35-year old hasn't ruled out representing South Africa - the country of his birth.
Pietersen has been in international exile for two years. Despite being extremely keen to continue his career, the right-hander has been given the cold shoulder by England, much to his and cricket fans frustration alike.
Pietersen scored over 8000 test runs at an average of 47, while scoring 4000 one-day runs, averaging 40. It wasn't a case of bad form that lost him his place, but his relationship with teammates and officials at the ECB. However, there is still an argument that the batsman was made a scapegoat for failings in the system.
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He is now a cricketing nomad, travelling all around the world playing in various T20 tournaments. It is quite an unsatisfactory sight for a player of his natural ability, however all may not be lost.
Although he must wait another year to become eligible, the possibility of playing for the Proteas is an option Pietersen is considering.
As reported by Cricket Australia, Pietersen said: “Yes, it is a thought in my head.
“If it happens, it happens, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Obviously, playing international (cricket) is something I have done for a very long time.
"It is a little time away to qualify (for South Africa), so we will have to wait and see on that, but an English call-up is still definitely still an option."
Pietersen has a very close relationship with a number of South African players, which was a major catalyst towards his dismissal from the English set-up. There were a set of text messages allegedly sent between the Pietersen and an unnamed South African player which were derogatory towards Andrew Strauss - the England captain at the time.
Needless to say Strauss, now director of Cricket at the ECB is hardly thrilled by a return to the England fold of his ex-teammate, and has virtually ruled out the possibility. In all truth, it remains somewhat of a long shot that Pietersen returns to the International scene.
Seeing him turn out for another nation - albeit his country of birth - will be unique to say the least, but it is a credit to him that he is unwilling to give up on his goal just yet. Not that we expected any different from the enigmatic cricketing genius that is KP.
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