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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

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Tuesday 28 January 2014 09:38
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Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England
Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

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."

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