Whitaker: Pietersen not part of England’s plans

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Incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves recently hinted that there could be a chance for Pietersen to resurrect his international career, with Pietersen  admitting that he would love to don the England shirt once again. 

But Graves has made it clear that Pietersen will have to start playing a lot more county cricket in England if he is to have any chance of making his international comeback. 

Pietersen appeared to take these comments to heart and revealed that he was considering opting out of his Indian Premier League (IPL) contract with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in order to commit to playing a full season of county cricket. 

However, Whitaker has burst Pietersen's bubble of confidence, saying that everyone has moved on from his sacking, which came after the national team's humiliating 5-0 whitewash in the Ashes series against Australia in 2013-14. 

"We haven't had discussions at all about Kevin," Whitaker told the BBC. "I know Colin very well, he is entitled to his opinion, but Kevin isn't part of our plans.

"We've been developing our team for a year in Test match cricket. We've had some good conversations about what happened after the end of Australia.

"We've produced some good middle-order players, with Gary Ballance, Joe Root and Ian Bell continuing to perform well, so we are happy with where we are in the middle order."

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