Pietersen told he could return to fold – if he plays county cricket

Ross McLean
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INCOMING England cricket chief Colin Graves has offered Kevin Pietersen an England lifeline after refusing to rule out an international return for the maverick batsman.

South African-born Pietersen was sacked by England last February and was later released by Surrey, while the 34-year-old has not played a competitive game longer in format that Twenty20 since January 2014.

England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Graves confirmed the final decision will rest with England’s selectors and coaches, saying: “Forget personalities. The selectors pick the best players in form, that’s their job. The first thing he [Pietersen] has to do if he wants to get back is play county cricket for somebody.”

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