Kevin Pietersen desires to play against England in Australia tour match

England batsman Kevin Pietersen on Saturday declared that he wants for Australian team Prime Minister’s XI, against England in their tour match in Canberra on Wednesday.

The star batsman, who was axed from England’s international set-up up after their Ashes defeat last year, is currently playing for the Melbourne Stars in Big Bash League (BBL).

The Cricket Australia officials have already selected the Prime Minister’s XI side, but Michael Hussey, who was due to captain the side, has opted out.

As reported by The Telegraph, while Pietersen was fielding in a match against Melbourne Renegades on Saturday, he was asked by the commentator Adam Gilchrist, whether he would be interested in playing.

Pietersen replied, “In the Prime Minister’s game on Wednesday, Mr Michael Hussey’s missed out. Jeez, I fancy that.”

The former Australian stumper responded, “Are you telling us you are available?”, to this Pietersen said: “Mate, I’m always available.”

Pietersen’s former team-mate Andrew Flintoff, who too is in Australia for the BBL, immediately tweeted:

Jealous England players

Earlier in the day, Pietersen in an interview with the Australian media admitted that he didn’t think he would play for England again but at the same time he used the chance to settle scores with his former team-mates. He claimed that his Indian Premier League (IPL) contract caused resentment.

“There’s no jealousy here (in BBL). That’s the fact. None of these guys are jealous of anything. We’re just good guys, hanging out and playing cricket. All these guys play in franchises around the world, they’ve all benefited from the IPL.”

“The England lads: too much jealousy. I was the only one profiting – very, very well – out of India, and in an auction, if you don’t get picked up, it’s pretty demoralising,” said Pietersen, as quoted by Daily Mail.