Discarded batsman Kevin Pietersen has joked on Twitter that he had applied for the England coaching job after being shafted by ECB cricket director Andrew Strauss.
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“Morning all, after a pretty bad day yesterday I’ve given it a lot of thought overnight,” Pietersen tweeted.
“I’m applying for the coaching job! #StraussLogic”
Morning all, after a pretty bad day yesterday I’ve given it a lot of thought overnight. I’m applying for the coaching job! #StraussLogic
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) May 13, 2015
Strauss revealed on Tuesday that Pietersen would not be considered for Test selection due to significant “trust issues” between himself and the star batsman.
Pietersen was sacked by England in February 2014 following the side’s 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia after being told he was a disruptive presence in the squad.
Strauss and Pietersen have had their personal differences, and the former was forced to apologise after making an offensive remark about his former teammate during a TV broadcast.
The bad blood between the pair stems back to 2012 when Pietersen was found to be sending text messages about Strauss to the South African cricket team.
The 34-year-old, who notched up a career-best unbeaten 355 for Surrey on Tuesday, was typically forthright when giving his views on his non-selection in a column for The Telegraph.
“I am absolutely devastated that it looks like my hopes of an England recall have been brought to a close, especially given everything that has been said and asked of me,” Pietersen wrote.
“I had a meeting with Andrew Strauss and Tom Harrison at a hotel in London on Monday night. I expressed my fear to Tom last week when he asked for the meeting that I did not want to sit in a room and be told that I was not going to be picked for England again.
“I have never hidden my determination to once again represent England and having played one of the best innings of my career earlier in the day, I must admit I was riding the crest of a wave.
“They have used the word trust to justify not selecting me, well, trust is a two-way thing. I couldn’t believe just half an hour after I had my meeting, the result of it was on the internet and on the BBC airwaves. Now I certainly didn’t tell anybody, so who did? They say they don’t trust me but how can anybody trust them?”