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Kevin Pietersen denies decision to retire after Ashes cricket series

Injury-prone England batsman says he would love to play for another 'three or four years'.

Kevin Pietersen is aiming to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket.
Kevin Pietersen is aiming to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket.

Kevin Pietersen has dismissed speculation he could retire from Test cricket following this winter's return Ashes series.

The England batsman, 33, is one short of a century of Test appearances but a series of niggling injuries and disciplinary issues have affected his participation in recent times.

That has in turn led to suggestions the South Africa-born batsman could call time on his international career after England's defence of the Ashes against Australia.

But in comments reported by the Mail on Sunday, he said: "I grew up dreaming of playing international cricket so why not just fulfil every single ambition I wanted as a kid?

"I'd love 10,000 Test runs but you have to stay in form and injury-free.

"I'm 33, but I wouldn't say I'm getting on. I would love to play Test cricket for another three or four years. We've got the next World Cup in 2015 and I'd love to play in that.

"Fielding can be a bit of a bore sometimes and warm-ups definitely get me down, but the run-scoring is something I want to keep going."

Pietersen is England's record run-scorer across all formats of cricket and was presented with a silver bat to commemorate the achievement at lunch on day three of the fifth Test of the current Ashes series at the Kia Oval.


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