Kevin Pietersen has tried to put to bed talk about his future in one-day cricket by insisting that he wants to play for England until at least the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Pietersen is back in the ODI set-up for the series in India, having been rested for the last month of the home season, but is under pressure to perform after a lean two years in the 50-over format.
Pietersen is likely to slot back in at No. 4 when the series starts next week following two warm-up matches although in his absence the likes of Ravi Bopara and Jonny Bairstow have staked their claims. Before leaving for the tour Alastair Cook, the one-day captain, spoke about wanting Pietersen involved all the way to the next World Cup but also said that players had to earn their selection with consistent performances. Pietersen hasn't scored an ODI hundred since November 2008 and over the last two years his average has languished in the low 20s.
"I don't know how many times I need to say it till you stop asking the questions," Pietersen said. "I want to continue playing until the 2015 World Cup, and then we'll reassess. No one's ever guaranteed their place - for their country, for their county, for their club side.