Former Test captain Andrew Strauss says it’s unlikely controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen will break back into the England side.
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Pietersen was sacked by the England and Wales Cricket Board (EBC) following England’s 5-0 Ashes loss to Australia last year.
However, incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves has left the door open for the batsman’s return should he produce the form that saw him become a key player for England.
Pietersen signed for Surrey on Wednesday after being granted an early release from his IPL deal with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Despite the lengths Pietersen has gone to press his case for a return, Strauss thinks a return for the 34-year-old is “highly unlikely”.
“If you just look at everything that has gone on in the past, his book, that’s a significant hurdle he’ll have to get over,” Strauss is quoted as saying by The Morning Star.
“Then also, from a cricketing point of view, in one-day cricket we’ve got to build towards the next World Cup.
“He will be 36 years of age, so I can’t see how he would necessarily play in that.”