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Frozen out: Kevin Pietersen was axed by England

Frozen out: Kevin Pietersen was axed by England

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Frozen out: Kevin Pietersen was axed by England

Kevin Pietersen is convinced England's new one-day captain Eoin Morgan "would love" to have him back in his World Cup team.

Pietersen was sacked by the England and Wales Cricket Board 11 months ago, and has since published an autobiography in which he alleged a bullying culture in the dressing room existed under former coach Andy Flower.

The 34-year-old was therefore not considered when England chose their squad to play in the World Cup, which will get under way in Australia and New Zealand next month. Management figures have also made it abundantly clear on many occasions that there will simply be no way back into the team for the record-breaking South Africa-born batsman.

But Pietersen, in conversation with ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting during a Big Bash commentary, is encouraged that England's switch of captain - Alastair Cook dropped in favour of Morgan - means that at least one senior voice will now be speaking in his favour.

Recalling the circumstances of his axing last February, after England's Ashes whitewash in Australia, Pietersen insists he has still yet to hear a credible reason for his exclusion.

"I was sacked - P45," he said.

"I don't know why I'm not playing for England... I haven't got a clue."

The ECB has not put forward anything other than "cricketing reasons" for calling time on Pietersen's international career.

In Morgan, however, Pietersen believes he has a significant ally.

"I know that the current captain would love to have me in the England team," he said.

"I get on pretty well with most of the guys in there, if not all of them. I don't see why (I couldn't play again)."

Belfast Telegraph