Former England captain Andrew Strauss (above) reportedly does not share a healthy relationship with Kevin Pietersen © Getty Images
Former England captain Andrew Strauss (above) reportedly does not share a healthy relationship with Kevin Pietersen © Getty Images

The newly-appointed England Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss is expected to clarify in a press conference the England and Wales Cricket Board‘s (ECB) decision to not consider Kevin Pietersen for the upcoming Ashes that is set to start from July 8. This will be Strauss’ first press conference since getting appointment for the role. The conference is scheduled to be held at 11:00 BST (15:30 IST). READ: ECB suggest Pietersen doesn’t fit in England squad

Pietersen was unbeaten on 326 during the County Championship match between Surrey and Leicestershire at the Oval, raising his hopes of a possible return to the England side substantially. He was however, invited for talks by Strauss and ECB chief executive Tom Harrison on Monday evening shortly after the conclusion of the day’s play. He was however, told by Strauss and Harrison that his chances of an international return were unlikely, according to a report by Sky Sports. READ: Kevin Pietersen’s England comeback dream shattered?

The South African-born batsman, who has over 8,000 Test runs to his credit, has not made an international appearance since the disastrous Ashes tour of 2013-14, in which England were handed a 0-5 whitewash by Australia. He earlier pulled out of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) before the tournament started, and chose to play for Surrey in the County Championship with the hope of making it to the national side. READ: Bob Willis criticises ECB for man-handling Pietersen

Pietersen has not shared a healthy relationship with Strauss since he was dropped in 2012 over accusations of him sending derogatory messages to a few South African players about then-England captain Strauss. Strauss was later heard calling Pietersen an offensive name while commentating during the exhibition match between Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and Rest of the World (ROW) in July last year, with Strauss later apologising for the same.