London: Alastair Cook believes Kevin Pietersen can be part of England's 2015 World Cup side and sees it as one of his key roles as captain on the tour of India to help guide a one-day revival for the batsman. Pietersen has returned to the squad for the upcoming series, but doubts remain over his long-term future in the 50-over side after a lean two years in the format and the emergence of talented young batsmen pushing their claims.
Pietersen was rested, officially at least, for the one-day series recent ODIs against India in England, and the two Twenty20 Internationals against West Indies that concluded the home season. His place in the Twenty20 team isn't in doubt - he played the game against India at the end of August and was Man of the Series when England won the world title in West Indies in 2010 - but that security doesn't extend to the longer limited-overs format.
"I see Kevin as a huge part of this one-day side, especially in the 2015 World Cup," Cook said at Heathrow airport shortly before the squad departed for India. "He's had huge success in Australia, but we need to manage him well so he can get there."