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Pietersen's one-day retirement not set in stone

ESPN staff
July 9, 2012
Kevin Pietersen may yet play for England in one-day matches once again © Getty Images

Kevin Pietersen has admitted that he could yet end his retirement from international one-day cricket - reiterating his hope that he will be selected for the World Twenty20 later this year.

Pietersen, 32, retired from all international one-day cricket earlier this year after telling the ECB that he no longer wished to play 50-over matches - with England selectors subsequently insisting that he either retired from Twenty20 contests as well or remained available for both.

Pietersen, who begrudgingly opted for the former route while publicly expressing his unhappiness with how the situation was handled, has now acknowledged that he could make himself available for the shorter forms of the game once again, after getting a break this summer during the two series against West Indies and Australia.

"I've had my wife, mother, dad, mother-in-law, brothers and my best mates all saying to me 'don't you wish you were out there batting against Australia this summer?'" Pietersen told the Daily Mail. "And I've said to them I haven't missed it at all. But maybe all I needed was a break. Who knows? I've played a lot of cricket in the last seven years."

Asked if he would reconsider his retirement, Pietersen added: "Never say never. I'm a lot older and more mature than a few years ago, so you never know.

"Anything can happen. I'll never say no, but the schedule would have to be a hell of a lot different for me to come back. Wait and see."

England are set to defend their World Twenty20 title later in the year in Sri Lanka, a title Pietersen played a pivotal role in winning in the West Indies two years ago. The batsman admits that he will jump at the chance to play in the tournament if the England hierarchy soften their stance on his situation.

"I still hope there might be a compromise for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka," he said. "The squad hasn't been announced.

"Central contracts are renewed every September, so there's scope. Fingers crossed. I would love to play in that and defend our title with England. If it happens, great, but I'm not holding my breath."

With Pietersen citing burnout due to the heavy workload in recent years as the reason behind his international one-day retirement, he has received some pointed criticism in quarters for his continued insistence on playing in the lucrative IPL.

However, Pietersen insists such complaints are not valid.

"It's going to be there and players want to play in it," he said. "Players want to go and earn their money and unless you let them decisions will have to be made.

"Big players want to play in front of big audiences. You want to hear your name chanted by 50,000 people. It's amazing. It makes you feel so good.

"The window for that has been created by the other boards but unfortunately not ours."

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