Home > News >

Kevin Pietersen hopes to complete 10,000 runs in Test cricket

Kevin Pietersen has been one of the England's top run scorers  © AFP
Kevin Pietersen has been one of the England’s top run scorers © AFP

New Delhi: Apr 10, 2014

Sacked batting star Kevin Pietersen still hopes to return to international cricket and become the first England player to score 10,000 Test runs, according to an interview published on Thursday.  The 33-year-old Pietersen also insisted that former England skipper Andrew Strauss was a “good friend” despite their fallout over a text scandal, saying the episode was the biggest regret of his career.

Pietersen, who was axed in February after England’s disastrous tour to Australia, told the Indian Express newspaper that he had not given up hope of an international comeback.

“Yes, maybe I’ll still get to 10,000 [Test runs],” said the batsman, who scored 8,181 runs in 104 Tests after making his debut against Australia in 2005.

Pietersen is the fourth highest run scorer in England’s history and tops the list among current players. Since Pietersen’s unceremonious dumping, England captain Alastair Cook has given his public backing to the decision by the England board which he called “a brave call”.

While his relationship with Cook appears to be beyond repair, Pietersen claimed to have patched up things with Strauss after sending disparaging texts about his then captain to the touring South Africans in 2012.

“Andrew Strauss is a great friend. I was just in a bad space,” said the South Africa-born star, who was speaking on a promotional visit to New Delhi.

“We were not having a great relationship at that time. It should never have come out, all that nonsense. That wasn’t a special time at all.”

In an interview earlier this week, Pietersen denied he had a bad relationship with team-mates, saying he was the first to help Jonathan Trott over his stress-related illness on the ill-fated Ashes tour.

World T20 League 2014

Sep 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

World T20 League 2014

Sep 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 22, 2014  at Bengaluru

Chennai Super Kings won by 54 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014  at Hyderabad

Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 4 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Perth Scorchers won by 6 wkts

Photos

KXIP vs Hobart Hurricanes, Match 2 CLT20 2014

Videos

Kane, Devcich praise each others knock

Live Cricket Score Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins CLT20 2014 Match 8: CSK romp home by 54 runs

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: Key Battles

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: CSK’s likely XI

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: Dolphins’ likely XI

Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014: Kuldeep Yadav’s dramatic debut for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) shows he is one for the future

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 CLT20 CLT20 2014 Dolphins Hobart Hurricanes Incheon Asian Games India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab Lahore Lions

Mitchell Marsh: I thought that the match was tied against Dolphins

Usain Bolt picks Shane Warne over Sachin Tendulkar

Anandji Dossa passes away

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) romp to 54-run win against Dolphins in CLT20 2014 Match 8 at Bangalore

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins CLT20 2014 Match 8 at Bengaluru: Vaughn van Jaarsveld dismissed

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: Highlights

List of highest innings’ totals in CLT20 and overall T20 cricket

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: Key Battles

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: CSK’s likely XI

Jalaluddin takes first ODI hat-trick

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

670 Posts | 6 Fans

CLT20 2014: Kings Xi Punjab vs Barbados Tridents, final over

Mitchell Marsh: I thought that the match was tied against Dolphins

International programme in Animal Husbandry

NGOs pursue education for all

Microsoft’s Xbox One launched in India, prices start from Rs 39,990

Is having leaky breasts during pregnancy normal?

Why green gram or moong dal is good for health

The New York Times’ Investigation (or Inquisition?) of Narendra Modi

Kajol at the United Nations headquarters-View pic!

Apple iPhone 5S now available for less that Rs 35,000 on Indian e-commerce sites

Savvy Superfoods Straight from your Mom’s Kitchen

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here