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Kevin Pietersen's triple ton, but no England return

By Robert Jones

Kevin Pietersen was told last night that he will not be recalled to play for England... despite smashing an unbeaten triple century for Surrey earlier in the day.

Pietersen, who was sacked by England 15 months ago, met with Andrew Strauss, England's new Director of Cricket, last night with insiders suggesting the 34-year-old was informed that he would not be allowed to return to international duty.

That will be a bitter blow to Pietersen who stated he was "desperate" to play for England again.

Many England cricket fans will want to know why he is not being given the chance, fearful that they could do with his runs when Australia arrive for the Ashes series later this year.

Former England captain Strauss is scheduled to address the media today.

Yesterday, Pietersen showed sensational form, scoring 326 not out for Surrey against Leicestershire at the Oval.

His incredible innings included 34 fours and 14 sixes over 431 minutes.

Pietersen rated his triple century as "one of the best innings I've ever played", acutely aware of a chance to heap pressure on Strauss and the ECB to bring him back in from the cold.

After his knock, Pietersen said: "What more can I do? All I can do is score runs. I'm incredibly proud of how I played under pressure.

"People were saying on social media that this would be a career-defining innings for me and they were asking me if I was ready for it. I knew there was a lot of pressure on me and I was feeling it.

"That's one of the best innings I've ever played - purely because I knew that (this afternoon) there's a press conference, and I knew that there were things happening this evening.

"So I knew that I needed to basically answer any questions with runs on the deck. And goodness: 326 is a pretty good argument."

Strauss will lead the search to replace England coach Peter Moores, with Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie hotly tipped for the vacancy. Pietersen hailed the former Australia paceman as a strong contender.

"I've unfortunately never been managed or coached by him, but I've heard brilliant things about Jason Gillespie," he said.

"All the Yorkshire guys I've spoken to say he's fantastic, that he's a brilliant man-manager, he's very relaxed, not in your face, but he does the right things.

"He's a strict disciplinarian, which is what you need to be to be good at your job. And if you want to go out there and take wickets and score runs, you have to be a disciplinarian to do that.

"I've done that my whole career. I've been as professional as anything. I don't know who's going to get the job, but there's a load of names about. I'm willing to work with whoever gets it."

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