Miller plans KP talks

Misfiring Batsman still in the frame for the Ashes

Last Updated: 01/09/10 12:29pm

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England national selector Geoff Miller will be speaking to Kevin Pietersen about the batsman's ill-fated Twittering.

"I'll be watching games that he is participating in before the end of the season, and this won't stop me talking to Kevin Pietersen. If he wants to apologise or thinks there is a need to apologise then so be it. I will certainly explain to him what my feelings are."
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The out-of-form Pietersen was prescribed a loan stint with Surrey and dropped from England's Twenty20 and one-day international squads to face Pakistan - but not before he himself had inadvertently broken the news to his 'followers' via a foul-mouthed tweet.

Several hours before the England and Wales Cricket Board announced the 12-man Twenty20 and 14-man ODI squads on Tuesday afternoon, Pietersen wrote: "Done for the rest of the summer!!

"Man of the World Cup T20 and dropped from the T20 side too. It's a ****-up."

It was a short-lived tweet, taken off the feed within seconds.

By then, though, it was too late to stop the surprising news travelling fast.

England national selector Geoff Miller confirmed he will be speaking to Pietersen about the episode.

But he also made it clear every effort will be made to help the 30-year-old regain his best form in time to prove his worth for the Ashes.

The squad to tour Australia is expected to be announced at the end of this month, and Miller said: "We know KP is a high-quality international player.

"But his form has not been where he would have wanted it to be, so we've given him the opportunity to get some middle practice - with the Ashes in mind."

Explaining the decision to leave Pietersen out, Miller added: "We've taken everything into account regarding this series and an arduous winter to come. I'd expect Kevin to be disappointed.

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"We feel we've made the right decision - because we need him to get his form back and we think he will do that playing some county cricket.

"We have to thank Surrey for accepting the request and we think that will benefit him more than some ODIs - and I know he will fight his way back to be an integral part of the England side."

Pietersen will have to fight for his place, like everyone else. "I fully anticipate seeing Kevin Pietersen back to the way he was when he dominated opposition attacks," added Miller.

"We will give people a real fair crack of the whip, and I think we've done that with Kevin as well. There are a few players who will be fighting to get into that side, and Kevin will be one of those."

Before then, though, Pietersen can expect one or two stern questions about that Twitter slip.

"I'll talk to KP. Whether there is an apology or not, I'm sure (England coach) Andy Flower will have a word with him," said Miller.

He expects relations to remain cordial, however. "I'll be watching games that he is participating in before the end of the season, and this won't stop me talking to Kevin Pietersen.

"If he wants to apologise or thinks there is a need to apologise then so be it. I will certainly explain to him what my feelings are."

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