Kevin Pietersen hasn't ruled out global return with South Africa

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 20, 2017

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said he has not given the idea of reviving his worldwide career with his native South Africa even though he would be nearing 40 in 2019 when he re-qualifies.

Pietersen, who suffered a calf injury which prevented him from fielding, was playing his first English domestic match for almost two years.

Pietersen has plenty of global experience with 8181 runs from 104 Tests, 4440 runs from 136 ODIs, and 1176 from 37 T20Is. We'll have to wait and see where I am. If I enjoy batting, we'll see where I get to.

"I'm going to be playing a lot of cricket in South Africa over the next two years, so we'll see". All I'm doing now is committing to the franchises. "The issue with (playing in) England next year is I'm building a lodge in Africa and the time I'll be there with my family and doing stuff in Africa is over this period, so I won't be in England next year". Colin Graves, who took over from Downton, kept open the possibility of Pietersen returning a year later, but Andrew Strauss, Pietersen's former teammate and now European Central Bank managing director, shut down the idea.

The former England star top-scored with a 35-ball 52 in the first game of his summer stint as Surrey posted 150-9 from their allocation before restricting the Eagles to 140-7.

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He had a lucky escape in the 10th over when he was dropped by Dan Lawrence off Ashar Zaidi and added 43 with Dominic Sibley.

Pietersen hit the first two deliveries for six into the crowd at long-on and repeated the shots off the final two balls of an over which cost 26 runs and forced Harmer, the leading wicket-taker in the County Championship this season, out of the attack.

Pietersen was eventually out in the 16th over, three balls after reaching his 40th half-century in T20 cricket.

He struck boundaries off Dernbach to leave Essex needing 19 to win off the final over but the impressive Tom Curran held his nerve and conceded just eight runs.

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