Morgan: We don't talk about Pietersen

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Eoin Morgan has dismissed talk Kevin Pietersen is a talking point in the England dressing room

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Eoin Morgan has dismissed talk Kevin Pietersen is a talking point in the England dressing room

England's ICC World Twenty20 hopefuls are free to discuss Kevin Pietersen, and his controversial absence from their campaign, whenever they want - but rarely feel like doing so.

Unlike on the outside looking in, where Pietersen never seems to be far from the central topic, his name hardly ever comes up for debate between the England cricketers who have left him behind.

Asked if the aforementioned is covered much in conversation by his erstwhile colleagues, batsman Eoin Morgan said: "Not at all really. It's probably out of sight, out of mind."

The Irishman made it clear too, though, that there is no ban on mentioning the prodigal South Africa-born batsman - whose prospects of continuing his international career after his summer of contract wrangles may become clearer on Tuesday when England are expected to name their Test squad to tour India.

Pietersen is not, Morgan points out, "like Voldemort" - the menacing, unseen character in the hugely popular Harry Potter books who is so feared even his own advocates dare only refer to him as 'You-Know-Who', 'He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named' or 'the Dark Lord'.

Pietersen goes by none of those epithets in the England dressing room - and his ears will not be burning either.

Pietersen may not stay that way for much longer, given his agreement to work as a television pundit during the three-week tournament set to get under way on Tuesday.

Should he become uppermost in anyone's mind at that point, however, he will not be a banned subject. "No. It's not like Voldemort. It's all right," said Morgan, who understandably prefers to talk about people who are actually part of England's Sri Lankan venture.

Specifically, Jos Buttler and his 10-ball 32 not out in Wednesday's win over South Africa just before England flew east, brings a smile to his team-mate's face. "It was absolutely brilliant," he said. "It gives everyone else belief that he can perform at any given time. I've been watching Jos train for nearly a year now, and he's phenomenal.

"The guy is brilliant - and we've all been waiting for this to evolve. The fact it has now is awesome, great for the team."

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