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Pietersen targets next Ashes

ESPNcricinfo staff
January 7, 2014
Kevin Pietersen wants to extend his Test career for at least another 18 months © PA Photos

Kevin Pietersen has reiterated his desire to keep playing for England and wants to help regain the Ashes in 2015.

There has been much speculation during the 5-0 whitewash in Australia that Pietersen will end his international career. The man himself has always insisted he wants to continuing playing and has often spoken about a target of 10,000 Test runs - he currently stands on 8181 after a disappointing return of 294 runs at 29.40 in Australia, although that still made him England's leading run-scorer.

"Very disappointed to lose 5-0, and not to score more runs personally. Tough tour against a top class team." he said on Twitter. "I want to thank all the England fans for their terrific support. And I'm determined to help regain the Ashes in 2015."

Part of the debate around Pietersen's future stems from his fitness; he needed an injection in his knee before the Ashes began having been forced home from the tour of New Zealand in March and then did not play again until shortly before the Ashes in England.

His workload is being carefully managed by the ECB, including being rested from the one-day series against Australia which starts in Melbourne on Sunday. It remains to be seen whether he will play on the short tour of West Indies which starts at the end of February although would be expected to feature at the World Twenty20 despite only playing once for England in that format for almost two years.

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