Kevin Pietersen showed why some people still consider him good enough to play international Cricket for England

Playing in the Big Bash League in Australia, Kevin Pietersen showed why some people still consider him good enough to play international Cricket for England.

The right hander batted absolutely beautifully and was the pick of the Stars’ batsmen.

He made key contributions in the semis and then in the final too and had almost won the tournament for his team.

There have been voices getting raised now for his inclusion in the England squad for the World T20 Championship coming up in India.

However, the England Cricket Board still seems to be rigid on its previous stance.

Pietersen has time and again maintained that his game suffered in the 2013-14 Season because his knee was bothering him.

According to him, since he has not played much Cricket for the last 18 to 24 months and has had enough rest, he has got himself back to his best shape and is ready to play some of his best Cricket now.

And, he is proving his words right. Not only with what he did in the Big Bash, but, ahead of that, playing in the Ram Slam too, he was destructive with the bat and had smashed back to back centuries.

In India, which is not the easiest place for the overseas batsmen to come and play the cross bat heaves, someone like Pietersen who knows how to play the spinners with the straight bat, can add immense value to a team.

Australia might have to make quite a few changes in the XI for the Lord’s game

Australia might have to make quite a few changes in the XI for the Lord’s game, but, as far as England’s concerned, there is nothing to be worried about on that front as barring any injuries; they will most definitely be going with the same set of players.

At the start of the series, there was indeed a decision to be made regarding the spinning slot.

Moeen Ali had not been in the best of forms. So, there were talks whether he should be overlooked for Adil Rashid, but, the team management went with the former and with the kind of effort the Worcestershire man put in with the ball, he almost secured his place in the XI for the next couple of games.

So, there is no selection conundrum for the hosts at the moment.

Adam Lyth is someone who might be under the scanner the next test match. He was not a complete failure in Cardiff. In the second innings there, he played a few good shots, but, he would like to make some decent contributions for the team going ahead in the series.

Ian Bell, who had not had too many big knocks under his belt coming into the Ashes, got a fluent fifty at Sophia Gardens to help the Three Lions set a profound target for the Aussies.

Kevin Pietersen says it was not tough for him to watch the Ashes

Kevin Pietersen says it was not tough for him to watch the Ashes despite his axe.

Pietersen was desperate to feature for England in the Ashes 2015 and he even played a few County games to prove his form and fitness.

Not only did he play, he actually scored big, but, the top brass of the England board eventually decided that they couldn’t put the trust in the maverick batsman again.

Pietersen was clearly told that he would not be considered for selection in the Ashes squad.

Pietersen did not take it well at all. He was very critical of that and had absolutely slammed ECB in the media, but, now having seen the young English side been able to perform so well and regain the urn in his absence, he reckons probably it was the right call.

Talking to the reporters in an event in Emirates, Pietersen said, “It did not seem right to me at that point of time. But, the result of the Ashes went in England’s favour. So, there is no point sitting over here and complaining. The decision was made and now you can’t say that it was not the right decision.”

When asked how tough it was watching the series considering he was so keen to play, but, he was not let in, the veteran, who is still active and is playing the shortest format of the game in different countries, said, “It wasn’t tough. I always want England to perform well, no matter I am in there or not. I have great relationship with quite a few guys in that change room and I was absolutely thrilled to see them crushing the Aussies.”

England won the Ashes series 3-2 beating Australia in the first, the third and the fourth test match.

Sunrisers Hyderabad is missing the services of Kevin Pietersen

The Sunrisers Hyderabad is missing the services of Kevin Pietersen a lot.

Pietersen has distanced himself from the Indian Premier League this year to play in the domestic circuit back home and make a claim to be picked in the England national team again.

The new president of ECB has given Pietersen the assurance that regardless of what happened in the past, if he shows form at the first class level and be somewhere in the top faction of the run scoring chart, he will be considered for selection again.

As far as Pietersen’s contract with the Sunrisers is concerned, it’s not been terminated.

Both the parties have reached a deal if the Sunrisers qualify for the playoffs, Pietersen will make his way to India and join the team.

If Pietersen had been there with the Sunrises right from the start this season, the Orange shirts would have been much stronger.

Currently, if you see the Sunrisers line up, they have got a very solid opening pair, but, when it comes to the middle order, they are a little vulnerable and that’s why, the openers, sometimes, are a bit reluctant going all guns blazing in the power play.

With Pietersen being there, batting at no. 4, it would have been a different story.