Updated: 24/09/2012 19:25 | By pa.press.net

Pietersen hopes future is 'sorted'



Kevin Pietersen, pictured, told Dan Carter he hopes to be on the New Zealand tour

Kevin Pietersen, pictured, told Dan Carter he hopes to be on the New Zealand tour

Kevin Pietersen is hoping his differences with the England and Wales Cricket Board are "sorted", and he will return in time to tour New Zealand early next year.

England's prodigal batsman has been at odds with his employers for much of the summer and was eventually dropped from the Test team at Lord's when his working relationship with coach Andy Flower and then captain Andrew Strauss broke down over "provocative" texts sent to opposing South African players at Headingley.

Pietersen is playing no part in England's defence of the ICC World Twenty20, either. Instead, he is fulfilling a lucrative contract as a television pundit and he tweeted his optimism about returning to the international set-up soon. In an exchange with New Zealand rugby union star Dan Carter, he wrote: "Hoping all's sorted and I'm on the NZ tour in Feb."

Pietersen's remark comes a day after new Test captain Alastair Cook confirmed he has held meetings with the South Africa-born batsman, but issues remain to be resolved before he can resume his international career with his adopted country.

Cook replaced Strauss when the latter retired last month, and will travel to India for a tough four-Test tour there without Pietersen in his squad.

England's selectors felt unable to reintegrate the superstar batsman yet, and he was also left off the list of those with annual central contracts - meaning Pietersen will be a free agent once his current deal runs out at the end of this month.

Cook said: "I did have a meeting with Kev and I've been involved with (other) meetings as well. Clearly the issues haven't been resolved, and that's why he hasn't been made available for selection at the moment. Time, I hope, will be a healer and we will be able to move on."

The England and Wales Cricket Board had no comment to make in response to Pietersen's tweet, and Cook refused to be drawn on what the issues are.

"That is private, and I can't talk about it," he said. "For the best outcome possible we can't be talking about it. When the issue gets resolved - if the issue gets resolved - I hope he can come back and play for England. At the moment that can't happen. We're trying to do it behind closed doors to get the best possible outcome.

"It's a sad circumstance at the moment. He is a world-class player and he's not playing for England at this precise moment in time. He will be missed, but it gives another person an opportunity."

18Comments
21/09/2012 10:48
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You are eitherpart of England Cricket team or not - you cannot have 2 masters
21/09/2012 15:46
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Over opinionated, ego so big that he has problems getting his shirt over his head, self proclaimed cricketing genius, untrustworthy, disliked by the rest of the teams.  Why would he expect to be allowed back into playing in the England team, particularly after stating that he only wanted to play in some games, not all and wanted to concentrate on the IPL.  Totally delusional.  Interesting that the IPL has not offered him a place this winter and the SA team does not want him either.
21/09/2012 18:38
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I think you need look at the nature of what he done.. He didn't just say something he regretted to a team mate or a fan.... He slated the whole team to the South African Team... He plays for England.. I certainly wouldn't want him representing our country again...Team spirit is what creates wins!
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He is clearly a world class indiviidual player, but is not such a good team player and, guess what Kevin, you are wanting to play for the England TEAM. No chance. Who is to say that you won't do it again when and England face S. Africa again in a match? Spent force? No, but certainly damaged or damaging goods.
21/09/2012 12:54
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kp ,,,,,,, listen your just not wanted open your ears , and as for strousey you realy should have toldthe truth you got nothing to hide stand up for your self he at the time was in your team and look what he did sold you rightdown the river ,,,kp is just a lost soul ,kick him to the kerb i think beefy was right ,in saying that there is no coming back , so kp once again dont forget to switch the lights out
21/09/2012 12:02
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keep him OUT all he is,is Trouble with a capital T

and he will never ever learn

he ain`t that good anyway

there are better england players around

21/09/2012 18:55
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What ever happened to the 'Spirit of Cricket'?
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I could imagine the guy watching my back, sort a guy you can trust.

Kim Philby comes to mind.

The laughable thing is he will be back in the team come next year, he's kept his head down. I would love to know or have published what he'd said about his TEAM mates.  The story Would Be. No Way Back for sure!

Britain’s best kept Secret what did Peitersan say?

I can remember Tibet now Lord rambling 'Cricket Test' Strange that those who's loyalty were questioned were just that Loyal - they guy who was supposedly looked at to be beyond reproach is the Kim Philby of Cricket.

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I could imagine the guy watching my back, sort a guy you can trust.

Kim Philby comes to mind.

The laughable thing is he will be back in the team come next year, he's kept his head down. I would love to know or have published what he'd said about his TEAM mates. The story Would Be. No Way Back for sure!

Britain’s best kept Secret what did Peitersan say?

I can remember Tebbit now Lord rambling Tebbit of the 'Cricket Test' Those who are of imigrant decent where do their loyalties lie.   Strange that those who's loyalty were questioned in the 80's  were just that Loyal - this guy who was supposedly looked at to be beyond reproach is the Kim Philby of Cricket

21/09/2012 21:17
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IPL wont want him now as not playing for England,burnt his bridges time to move on. Other players come to team stood up to be counted. Rebuild team that he pulled apart,new Captains new start but hes not in frame.
21/09/2012 15:00
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why must everyone be so negative?  if the issues are sorted then he should be allowed to play again for England.  If those that are negative can honestly say they have never made a mistake in their lives, then fine, but if you have and then apologised, bet you were glad that you sorted things out!
21/09/2012 19:49
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We have enough English talent to replace him. GOOD RIDDANCE KEV.
21/09/2012 18:25
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South African reject , rot in H*ll!!
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