Ashes – Cricket: Pietersen dismisses quit reports

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Kevin Pietersen has rubbished suggestions he could retire from Test cricket after the return Ashes series in Australia this winter.

The 33-year-old has made 99 Test appearances for England and although he is set to pass 100, there have been suggestions he may not continue for too much longer.

Injuries and disciplinary issues have affected the amount of appearances he has made for the Test team in recent times but he has no intention of calling it a day just yet.

Pietersen says he is feeling in good shape and has his eye on one or two other landmarks before deciding to retire.

“I grew up dreaming of playing international cricket so why not just fulfil every single ambition I wanted as a kid?” he revealed.

“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 no doubt the selectors, coach and captain will be hoping he can continue that kind of form for years to come.

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