Ashes 2015: KP out to 7/2 to return to England squad after Strauss comments

Kevin Pietersen hit a triple century for Surrey
Kevin Pietersen hit a triple century for Surrey

After he hit a triple century for Surrey against Lancashire, our traders cut the odds on Kevin Pietersen returning to the England squad in time for the first Ashes Test in 2015 to 2/1, but in the wake of comments from Andrew Strauss on Tuesday this has been pushed out to 7/2...

"The arguments for his return are becoming harder to ignore and though Andrew Strauss may not be his biggest fan, to put it lightly, in his new role he may be forced to make a decision based on what is best for the team and ultimately, what's best for the country."

TUESDAY UPDATE:

In his first public comments since being made director of cricket, Andrew Strauss confirmed that Pietersen would not be considered for selection due to ongoing 'trust issues'. Our traders now make it 7/2 that KP makes the Ashes squad.

Original story:

Pietersen, who finished the day on 326 not out, has also been cut to 5/1 to make the squad for the New Zealand series, which begins later this month.

The recent sacking of Peter Moores as head coach was thought to have made KP's return to the England fold easier, although new director of cricket, Andrew Strauss, was the subject of Pietersen's controversial texts to South African players and inadvertently revealed his feelings towards his former teammate recently.

Sports Trader for Betfair, Ian Flynn, said: "KP is back to his form of old, scoring a triple ton today against Lancashire.

"The arguments for his return are becoming harder to ignore and though Andrew Strauss may not be his biggest fan, to put it lightly, in his new role he may be forced to make a decision based on what is best for the team and ultimately, what's best for the country."

Our cricket correspondent, Ed Hawkins, discussed Pietersen's potential return in his latest weekly column.

Pietersen brought up his 300 with a six - watch Surrey's video of the shot here.


Get a Free £/€20 Exchange Bet

  • Join Now - Open account using promo code VAL225
  • Bet - Place a £/€20 Bet on the Exchange
  • Earn We'll Refund You £/€20 If the Bet Loses

T&Cs apply.

Discover the latest articles