Pietersen to commentate on former team-mates

Sat, 25 Aug 12:17:00 2012

Kevin Pietersen might have been overlooked by England, but he will still be at the Twenty20 World Cup - and he'll be commentating on the team mates that have frozen him out.

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Pietersen was "not considered for selection" by England for their defence of the T20 world title, and his international future remains in the balance over a series of contentious text messages sent to members of the touring South Africa team.

The 32-year-old was left out of the third and final Test match against South Africa at Lord's - which England lost, and with it their number one Test ranking - with Pietersen claiming behind the scenes that he is ready to do whatever bridge building is needed to regain his place in the national side.

Pietersen originally accepted the commentary job offer in June, following his brief retirement from limited overs international cricket, though he would have pulled out had he been given a spot in England's touring party for the event in Sri Lanka.

But his decision to push ahead with doing a role which would put him in the position of needing to analyse and criticise his England team-mates has left ECB chiefs baffled.

"You would have to ask yourself whether this potentially jeopardises any possible road back," an ECB source told the Daily Express, pointing out that Pietersen's contract specifically prohibits him from publically criticising fellow England players.

"He will have to tread a fine line."

Pietersen is due to meet England Test captain Andrew Strauss on Sunday for clear-the-air talks.


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