England skipper Eoin Morgan has made it crystal clear that there will be no room for the exiled Kevin Pietersen in England’s T20 World Cup squad. Pietersen off late has been in ravishing form as the flamboyant batsman has piled up impressive numbers in the Big Bash League with his elegant batting. Morgan, while leading England against South Africa said that the door for Pietersen was completely shut. “That door is completely shut. Kevin will not be picked,” said Morgan to the media.
Pietersen however, was recently backed by former England captain Michael Vaughan, who said that a batsman of Pietersen’s caliber must be in England’s squad for the T20 World Cup. “The selectors won’t pick him but I would because of the way that he’s playing and the level of performance that he’s showed,” Vaughan said the day after the Big Bash final. “In front of massive crowds in Australia, his batting won the semi-final and almost the final. “A year ago he wasn’t playing well enough and he was nowhere near the England team. “But the T20 World Cup starts in a few weeks’ time and I personally want the best team out there for England.”
However, with the focus tilting towards Pietersen, England pacer Reece Topley said that the visitors would want to whitewash South Africa in the ongoing ODI series. “We don’t want them to get back into the series. We want to wrap it up in the next game here and we can put this series to bed and hopefully go for a 5-0,” said Reece Topley.
“They are a good side. We are well aware of this being our biggest challenge as a side. Where we are now, 2-0 up, we know we are one game away from a series win. We have backed up the Test series win brilliantly. Two series wins out of two going into the World Twenty20 would be an amazing feat for us. We do not know our strongest side is yet but we are in a hell of a place to go into that World T20. We are very confident, the boys are loving where we are as a unit,” Topley added.