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Pietersen still has hope

Sunday, July 06, 2014

LONDON - Kevin Pietersen insisted on Friday he still wanted to play for England again as he urged the selectors to be "braver" with their choices for the national cricket side.

Pietersen was controversially axed by England following the team's 5-0 Ashes series loss in Australia even though he is England's all-time leading run-scorer.

South Africa-born Pietersen, a former England captain, hasn't given up on an international recall although the present hierarchy, including Test skipper Alastair Cook, are adamantly opposed to his return.

However, Pietersen who will play for the Rest of the World side against MCC in the Lord's bicentenary match on Saturday said he would love to return to the "home of cricket" to take part in a full international once again.

"I never give up, I'm only 34, I'm still young so hopefully one day, I just want to enjoy Saturday," Pietersen said.

Having seen England lose to Sri Lanka, their first Test series since he was sent into international exile, he called for greater boldness all round.

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