Clarke claims KP can make Ashes return

Sport360 staff 06:53 18/04/2015
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Michael Clarke will captain Australia this summer.

Australia captain Michael Clarke believes Kevin Pietersen could play in this summer’s Ashes Test series.

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The 34-year-old has not played for his country since the fifth Test in Sydney, a match England lost to complete a 5-0 series defeat Down Under.

Pietersen was described as “disengaged” from his team-mates during that final Test by England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton.

Downton has since left his role and Pietersen has signed for Surrey with the intent of scoring the runs which would earn him a recall.

He scored 170 against Oxford MCCU recently and Clarke feels Pietersen could represent his country again.

“I do think he could be at the Ashes,” said Clarke. “He has certainly scored enough runs. He has made it very clear he wants to play and now it will come down to the England selectors and England board making a decision. 

“But at the moment from the Australians’ perspective, I’m happy if he is not playing because he is a wonderful player.”

England begin their Ashes campaign with the first Test in Cardiff on July 8.

Clarke, who retired from ODI cricket after the World Cup, will link up with Pietersen in the Big Bash League after confirming he will be the captain of the Melbourne Stars next year, replacing Cameron White.

“It’s going to be nice to be on the same side,” he said. “To have that luxury as captain – to have a player like that in your team – is extremely exciting and I know he’ll play a big part in us having success.

“I’m really confident. We have a fantastic team and have done for a few years now. I’m hopeful I can help contribute and bring a title to the Melbourne Stars.”

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