Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cook Set to Have the Final Say on Pietersen's Future

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cook Set to Have the Final Say on Pietersen's Future

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent

KEVIN PIETERSEN'S future as an England player is likely to become clearer tomorrow when Test captain Alastair Cook holds talks with key officials about the controversial batsman.

With England due to announce their squad on Thursday for the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh, Paul Downton, the new managing director of England cricket, and Ashley Giles, the coach of the limited- overs teams, will meet Cook to discuss whether Pietersen should be in it.

Cook does not play Twenty20 cricket and is almost certain to be rested for the one--day and T20 tour of West Indies, which starts later this month. Yet as Test captain, and with no permanent Test coach in place following the departure of Andy Flower last Friday, Cook is likely to be granted the final word on whether Pietersen should remain involved with the national side.

Pietersen himself requires clarity on his future. The auction for the Indian Premier League is next week, and the 33-yea-old will be one of its most coveted players. …

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