Internet Desk: Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen is mulling an international return for his native South Africa. Pietersen, who was born in Pietermaritzburg left South Africa 16 years ago. He went on to play for England and scored 8,181 runs at an average of 47.28 in 104 Tests .
He was unceremoniously sacked from the England team in 2014 following the Ashes whitewash in Australia.
The 35-year-old is considering a dramatic Test comeback with South Africa. He would be eligible to play for them in 2018, despite recent reservations from Faf du Plessis.
In February the Proteas’ T20 skipper pointed out Pietersen was ‘English’ when asked about the possibility of him representing the country of his birth.
But in quotes on Cricket Australia’s website, Pietersen said: “Yes, it is a thought in my head.
“If it happens, it happens, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Obviously, playing international is something I have done for a very long time.
“I am in a great frame of mind now. I enjoy myself and don’t take life too seriously.” – Kevin Pietersen
“Do I miss playing international cricket? Do I miss batting in international cricket? Yes I do, very much, so you never know.
“The eligibility for South Africa is still [over] a year away. So we will have to wait and see but [an England call-up] is definitely still an option.”
Pietersen is representing Rising Pune Supergiants in the ongoing Indian Premier League.