Pietersen: England exile silly

Australia emphatically levelled the Investec Series at 1-1 on Sunday after Alastair Cook’s men dramatically collapsed to 103 all out at Lord’s, placing scrutiny on several top order batsmen.

Although Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance and Ian Bell are all out of form and uncertain of their places ahead of the third Test squad announcement on Tuesday, one man who will almost certainly not be selected is Pietersen.

The controversial batsman was axed by England in the wake of the humiliating Ashes whitewash Down Under in 2013/14 and remains in the international wilderness, with director of cricket Andrew Strauss saying in May there remained “massive trust issues” between Pietersen and the ECB.

While the public clamour for Pietersen’s recall died down following England’s one-day series victory over New Zealand and subsequent win over Australia in the first Test in Cardiff, the 35-year-old believes he is still capable of giving the team a boost following their latest setback over the weekend.

He wrote on Twitter: “Deep in thought right now…ridiculous that I’m lying on a beach when I should be in UK prepping for the 3rd Test! So silly really! Sad!

“Batting as well as ever & the team have huge issues with top order! What a waste, just lying on a beach! I wish I could help!

“So, so, so, so silly!”

Pietersen, who has recently finished playing for the St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League, has compiled 8,181 runs in 104 Tests and been a part of four Ashes-winning squads.