Kevin Pietersen is expecting his second child with wife Jessica TaylorPietersen says South Africa hope Jos Buttler will be left out of first TestButtler smashed England’s fastest ever one day century against PakistanBatsman thinks he could make impact for England at Twenty20 World CupPietersen was speaking at the launch of his new KP24 FoundationBy
Speaking to his friend Piers Morgan on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, the former England batsman revealed that the former Liberty X star Taylor is eight months pregnant and is due to give birth around Christmas Day.
The 35 year old also launched his new KP24 foundation this week, and offered his thoughts on England’s up and coming test series with South Africa stating that South Africa will be ecstatic if Jos Buttler is left out of the side for the first Test in Durban next month.
The cricketer (left) and the former Liberty X singer (right) are due to welcome the child around Christmas day
Pietersen also believes he could still make an impact for England at the T20 World Cup in March, that the Test team will struggle against South Africa and says he is keen to explore a coaching career when he eventually hangs up his bat.
Buttler was dropped for the third Test against Pakistan three weeks ago after averaging only 8.5 runs from four innings in the UAE, but responded in stunning fashion during the one day series.
In the final match, Buttler smashed England’s fastest ever one day century, in 46 balls, and finished 116 not out as Eoin Morgan’s side took the series 3 1.
Pietersen has just returned from South Africa, where he has been playing T20 for Sunfoil Dolphins, and says England’s opponents are delighted at the prospect of Buttler being left out.
‘He should definitely be there playing but I don’t see how they can play him in the first Test match, having dropped him from the last one,’ said Pietersen, speaking at the launch of the KP24 Foundation.
‘And I know South Africa are really, really happy about that. I’ve been there, I was there for the two weeks when they dropped Buttler.
Jos Buttler scored England’s fastest ever one day century against Pakistan earlier this month
‘And everyone in South Africa was like, ‘You beauty, we don’t have to bowl to a bloke who can win a Test match in a single wholesale rams jerseys session’.
‘England can say they dropped him because he needed time away but he didn’t have any time away, he got straight into an England shirt and scored massive runs 10 days later.
‘I didn’t like seeing him dropped, he shouldn’t have been treated like that but Jos is a wonderful player and they have to do the business now.’
An international recall for Pietersen was effectively ruled out in May by director of cricket Andrew Strauss, who said there remained a ‘massive trust issue’ between the pair.
Pietersen, however, has enjoyed an impressive end to the year, scoring 342 runs in four T20 innings for the Dolphins, and the 35 year old refused to rule out an England return.
‘I’m 35, I’ve got years left of playing,’ Pietersen said. ‘I’ve been very lucky in all the franchises I’ve played in the last few years I’ve top scored Wholesale Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys Seasonal Promotion Online in all of them.
‘If the World T20 happens it happens. Of course I’d love to help Morgy and I’d love to go out there and do well.
Pietersen said that South Africa will be hoping Buttler doesn’t play, as he can win a match in one session
‘We won one in 2010 and if an opportunity came up I would grab it with both hands. Do I think I could still make an impact? 100 per cent I do. Of course.’
England face a formidable task NFL Seattle Seahawks Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Hot Online against South Africa, currently the top ranked Test side in the world, and Pietersen believes Alastair Cook’s men lack strength in depth for
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the four match series.
‘I think the guys will go OK but is the squad strong enough to beat a South Africa side playing the way they play at home? I’m not so sure,’ Pietersen said.
‘I know how hard it is playing there. They’re the only team I never beat in a series in my whole career, which is quite amazing, so that’s how tough it’s going to be.
‘There are some good players in the England squad but the strength in the depth is a problem. I don’t think our batting is as strong as I would like to see it.’
Pietersen will launch his foundation’s Sprite 24/7 Project this week, helping underprivileged teenagers from seven countries take part in a 10 day cricket camp in Dubai.
Pietersen has been playing Twenty20 cricket in South Africa and believes he could still play for England