20 July, 2017

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen is hopeful of representing his native South Africa even though he'll be turning 40 when he re-qualifies.

Pietersen, 37, hadn’t been selected for the national team after being sacked in the conclusion of the 2013-14 Ashes defeat in Australia.

The right-handed batsman will be eligible to play for the Proteas in 2019.

"You are talking about in two years' time. Would I? Who knows? We'll have to wait and see where I am," said Pietersen. "I'm going to be playing a lot of cricket in South Africa over the next two years, so we'll see.

"I love batting: I will bat for as long as I love the art of batting. I do at the moment, but I'm an old man now, I've just hurt my calf, I didn't field.

"Who knows where I'll be in two years' time? If I enjoy batting, we'll see where I get to. I'm in a very happy place."

Pietersen is set for his last summer of English county cricket and will be playing Twenty20s across the world over the next two years.

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