Kevin Pietersen has a 10% chance of coming back into the England team: Michael Vaughan
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has refused to rule out an England return for batsman Kevin Pietersen
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has put Kevin Pietersen’s chance of making a comeback to the national team at a slim 10%. There is speculation that Pietersen is willing to give up his IPL contract, if needed, in order to make a return to the national fold.
Vaughan admitted that despite the fallouts Pietersen has had with the management and teammates, he could still make a dramatic comeback.
The 40-year-old said, “It's not more than a 10% chance he'll play for England. He's had fallouts with the coach, he's had fallouts with the managing director, he has fallen out with Alastair Cook, the captain.
“It's a long shot, particularly with this management. But if there is a bit of change, if he is scoring double centuries for Surrey and England continue to play badly, that drum will be getting beaten very loud.”
“I wouldn’t rule out his return”
Pietersen has performed admirably in County cricket which prompted England Cricket Board Chairman Colin Graves to admit that the 34-year-old swashbuckling batsman could return from England national team exile.
Vaughan, on the contrary, claimed that the difference between playing internationally and playing for Surrey in the County Championship. But, he said that he wouldn’t rule out Pietersen making a comeback if he was a selector.
“The carrot has been dangled. It's a tiny carrot,” Vaughan said. “But there's quite a bit to go between playing for Surrey again and playing for England again. Cricket isn't getting many column inches in England - it would get plenty if he came back. If I was a selector, I wouldn't rule out his return.”
Pietersen last represented England in the 2013-14 Ashes and there is still quite some time left before we can call that his final international appearance.