Former England captain Michael Vaughan has advised the England selectors to opt for the experience of Kevin Pietersen for the T20 World Cup. Pietersen off late has been in sparkling form as his exploits in the recently concluded Big Bash League were phenomenal. Vaughan, in his interaction said that Pietersen would bring in a lot of experience to the England setup and his form would be vital to England’s chances.
Pietersen was the Man of the Series when England won the 2010 ICC World T20 in the Caribbean. “In front of massive crowds in Australia his batting won the semi-final and almost the final,” Vaughan said.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.”
Vaughan though, was quick to add that the England selectors would be in no mood to select Pietersen, considering his turmoil with the ECB. “They won’t but I would because of the way that he’s playing and the level of performance that he’s showed,” said Vaughan.
“Can a handshake take place, a mature conversation?” said Vaughan. “Or has he burnt so many bridges a new set of management couldn’t handle him over a three-week period? He could be the X-Factor,” said the former England captain.
T20I skipper Eoin Morgan though, ruled out Pietersen’s chances in his recent interview. “I think this is a good opportunity to clear things up, given that Kevin has a lot of opportunity to talk in the media and get his point of view out there,” said Morgan. “I’m very happy with the group of players I have. This is the best group of players we have to drive the England team forward over the next two months, in particular,” Morgan said.
“Kevin’s situation hasn’t changed over the last year. It’s been reiterated over months and days. It was reiterated before Christmas by the chairman of selectors [James Whitaker] and I’m reiterating it again just to clear it up.”