KP drops another one-day hint
Kevin Pietersen has dropped another huge hint that he might be set to make a U-turn and end his one-day international retirement.
The 31-year-old shocked the cricketing world by calling time on his 50-over career at the end of May, citing a congested fixture schedule as the reason for making his decision.
The media and pundits alike were shocked by the announcement and felt it was premature, with the South African-born batsman still at the peak of his powers in all forms of the game.
His decision to quit 50-over cricket meant that, due to ECB regulations, he was unable to play Twenty20 cricket for England, as players must make themselves available for both shorter formats or none at all.
With England out to defend their World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka later this year, Pietersen made it clear that he would love to be part of the side, but accepted the ECB's ruling to focus solely on Test cricket.
But, after smashing 234 for Surrey in the Championship on Friday, the three-time Ashes winner hinted that, if solutions to a few problems could be found, he would jump at the chance of rejoining his former one-day team-mates.
"I've said before that, if the schedule was right, if they could sort my schedule out, I would love to play for another three or four years in all forms of cricket," he told reporters. "But the schedule at the moment is a nightmare. I hope something can be sorted out."
Pietersen has made no secret of his desire to play 20-over cricket at the top level but feels that his playing schedule needs to be tinkered with if he is to make a return to both forms of one-day cricket.
"I've always said I want to play in Twenty20," he added. "But I needed to get away from the schedule. I cannot keep playing every single day's cricket. I've never been looked after. I cannot keep playing every warm-up game, I cannot keep practising every single day."