Broad says media speculation surrounding Pietersen is the last thing England need right now…
England bowler Stuart Broad says media speculation over the return of Kevin Pietersen is the last thing his side needs as it battles to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.
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Broad says the comments made by incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves were poorly timed.
“To be honest being with this group we have had a tough last week, this is a huge two-week period for us in this winter and World Cup and the last thing this group needs is a KP media storm popping up again,” he is quoted as saying by The Guardian.
“I can’t be bothered with it because we have to genuinely get tight as a group and push towards this Bangladesh game and win it.
“It is surprising it has raised its head again.”
Pietersen was sensationally sacked following England’s embarrassing 5-0 Ashes whitewash at the hands of Australia during the 2013-14 summer.
The South African-born batsman has been pushing for an England return and has been in solid form in T20 cricket.
However, Pietersen must return to County cricket if he is to have any chance of making a Test return.