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Pietersen wants franchise cricket in England

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen says county cricket should follow the example of Australia's Big Bash and have a franchise Twenty20 competition.

Pietersen, who is currently playing for the Melbourne Stars, believes the system would help the best young players in England to prosper,

Kevin Pietersen thinks a change in system would help English cricket. Credit: PA

"What's frustrating is they say they want to help home-grown players.

"But the best way to make them become better is to play against better players. Find a way to franchise county cricket. You would have 10 counties or franchises who play each other in Twenty20 or one-day cricket.

"All the muppets who are on 18 grand (£18,000), 15 grand (£15,000), either you become better or you go and do something else. The best players would play against each other week in week out. That's how you become better. You don't do that by reducing salary caps."

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Pietersen: Captain Morgan wants me in England side

Controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen says Eoin Morgan would like to bring him back into the England one-day side.

Pietersen has been absent from the England side since his central contract was terminated in February 2014 after falling out with the team's hierarchy and has missed out on the World Cup squad.

Kevin Pietersen, right, says new England one-day skipper Eoin Morgan, left, wants him back. Credit: PA

Speaking on Sky Sports, Pietersen said: "The current England captain would love to have me in the team."

"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)."

"I want to play for England," he said.

Flintoff questions Pietersen World Cup omission

England outcast Kevin Pietersen helped to set up a Super Over Big Bash win for Melbourne Stars, and left Andrew Flintoff voicing wonder that his former international team-mate is surplus to World Cup requirements.

Pietersen (54) hit his second half-century of the tournament as his team tied the match, chasing Sydney Sixers' 150 for six at the MCG.

Kevin Pietersen was on form. Credit: PA

Flintoff told Sky Sports 1 viewers: "There will be people around the world today watching and thinking 'He doesn't even play for England - why oh why?"'

Pietersen lost his way a little once reaching his 50 with a boundary, and was eventually caught-behind off a mis-pull at Doug Bollinger - after which Flintoff said: "He played well. But you've got to say he did half of his job here."

Pietersen open to England return

Kevin Pietersen would be willing to return to international duty. Credit: PA

Kevin Pietersen insisted he would listen to any offer to return as England selectors met on Friday to decide which players are set for World Cup duty.

The batsman's international career looks to be over after he was ditched from the England set-up following last winter's heavy Ashes defeat, and went on to write a controversial autobiography.

But Pietersen wrote on Twitter as the selectors prepared to mull their options that his "phone is on" and, in response to a fellow user asking if he would take a call from the England management, he replied: "Of course!"

Pietersen offers to help school cricket teams

England's all-time leading runscorer Kevin Pietersen has offered to help with youth coaching in order to promote cricket in the country.

After statistics revealed participation had dropped sharply in the last year, from 908,000 in 2013 to 844,000 in 2014, the controversial batsman decided to act.

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Boycott attacks ECB over 'pathetic and crass' Pietersen dossier

Geoffrey Boycott has launched a stinging attack on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) over the leaked document which portrayed Kevin Pietersen as a troublemaker in the England dressing room.

In his Daily Telegraph column, the former England batsman labelled some of the accusations "so trivial it beggars belief" and said that whoever leaked the document should lose their job.

"Kevin is a sinner but he has been sinned against by the ECB," Boycott said.

"For me, it reached its lowest point on Tuesday when a 'strictly confidential' ECB document was leaked to the media. The points it contained were pathetic and it was a crass idea to put together such a report to try to trash Kevin. It stinks.

"Whoever dreamt that up is not fit to lead English cricket. Kevin has been a fantastic batsman for England. He thrilled millions and helped win matches for the England team that enabled some people at the ECB to bask in reflected glory."

Pietersen called the document "a joke" earlier in the week.

Pietersen would play for England if Clarke left ECB

Pietersen has filled a few column inches after the launch of his autobiography. Credit: PA

Kevin Pietersen says he would play for the national side again but only if England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke left his role.

Pietersen was sacked by the ECB eight months ago and has caused controversy with his recent autobiography by saying there was a bullying culture in the England dressing room.

"What would have to happen for me to be recalled by England? Clearly, the boss would have to go,” Pietersen told the Evening Standard.

“Clarke would have to go, and I’ve been hearing that could happen in the next few months.

“That’s all hearsay, you never know. If there is a change at the top, there is potential, but we will wait and see.”

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