ODI series: Ashley Giles insists Kevin Pietersen is in his future plans as is anyone who 'can bring that tempo and win games'
Giles feels that England cannot overlook someone of Pietersen's ability given their failure to capitalise on winning positions in Australia
Tuesday 28 January 2014
Limited-overs coach Ashley Giles has conceded that England cannot easily overlook Kevin Pietersen's match-winning potential when they plan their new era.
England threw away winning positions twice during the 4-1 one-day international series defeat to Australia, to leave Giles wondering what might have been.
A collapse of seven for 58 cost victory in Sunday's final game in Adelaide and, after an even stronger position was relinquished in Brisbane, a young England squad appear short on knowhow 12 months out from a World Cup.
The World Twenty20 is even closer still, starting in Bangladesh on March 16, with the final 15-man squad set to be named early next month.
The addition, or absence, of Pietersen's name is set to be significant after his England future has come under intense scrutiny following the Ashes whitewash.
A failure to pick the controversial right-hander for Bangladesh, or the warm-up limited-overs tour of the West Indies, would likely be seen as the end of his international career.
England have routinely refused to speculate on any player's future since the Ashes and, while Giles did not step away from the party line, when asked if Pietersen could yet have a role to play in the limited-overs arena he replied: "There is a place for anyone who can bring that tempo and win us games. Nothing has changed.
"We have still not picked the West Indies squad, T20 World Cup squad and obviously next year's World Cup squad, but we have to be careful.
"We have a lot of experience in that batting line-up. We have got to use it better."
Commonwealth Games 2014 Opening Ceremony: Ewan McGregor launches Unicef charity fundraiser, making £2.5m in one night
Manchester United transfer news: Arturo Vidal subject of £39m bid
Sami Khedira, Isco and Angel di Maria among Real Madrid players up for grabs this summer
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers (and giant cans of Irn Bru) welcome in Glasgow's Games
Louis van Gaal gets tough with Manchester United players, with Darren Fletcher and Luke Shaw berated in public and Phil Jones left looking bemused
- 1 I was a Woman Against Feminism too
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 4 The Tory donor whose firm is one of Britain’s biggest tax avoiders - with HMRC's blessing
- 5 John Barrowman praised for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gay kiss
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains