Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes there is a “10% chance” of Kevin Pietersen representing England again.
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Pietersen was sensationally sacked in February 2014, but incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves has left the door open for an international return.
However, Vaughan said the possibility of the 34-year-old returning to the England side were slim at best.
“It’s not more than a 10% chance he’ll play for England,” Vaughan told the BBC.
“He’s had fall-outs with the coach, he’s had fall-outs 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.”
Pietersen has not played for England since the final Test of the 2013-14 Ashes series, but Vaughan suggested that getting the batsman back in the side may be a way to get cricket on the back page.
“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.”