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Determined to regain Ashes

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

England batsman Kevin Pietersen is "determined to help regain the Ashes" when Australia visit in 2015.

The 33-year-old was England's top scorer in their defeat down under, with 294 runs at an average of 29.

Pietersen wrote on Twitter: "Very disappointed to lose 5-0, and not to score more runs personally. Tough tour against a top-class team."

But former skipper Michael Vaughan fears England may make Pietersen "a scapegoat" for the Ashes whitewash.

Vaughan, who captained England to victory in the 2005 Ashes, told the BBC: "I'd be getting him more involved - and make him vice-captain.

"But my fear is that England will make him the scapegoat and feel the only way they can move forward is without Kevin Pietersen.

"They have to be very careful. This isn't football. You can't just go out and buy a world-class number four batsman."

Pietersen's Test future has been questioned by pundits including former England captain Geoffrey Boycott.

"When it comes to batting with patience and concentration against disciplined bowling, he just can't do it," said Boycott, who scored 8114 runs in 108 Tests, during England's third-Test defeat in Perth. "He bottles it."

But Vaughan, 39, believes it would be a mistake if England were to drop Pietersen, who has made 104 Test appearances.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: "My fear is they are going to make the big change and get rid of Kevin Pietersen. I think that would be completely the wrong approach.

"I would be getting Pietersen in closer to the management. I'd have him near that think-tank."

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