Kevin Pietersen says he is hungry for runs

May 25th, 2011 - 8:40 pm ICT by IANS  

London, May 25 (IANS) England batting star Kevin Pietersen, who is returning from an injury, has warned critics not to write him off, saying he is still hungry for runs.

Pietersen, 30, flew home from the 2011 World Cup even though medical reports suggested he could have completed the tournament. The South African-born batsmen, who has been out because of hernia, was under fire after he had made an appearance at a London nightspot shortly after his return from the sub-continent.

“I had a really bad hernia on the left side and when they opened me up on the right side they realised I had a double hernia so it wasn’t any surprise I was in the amount of pain I was in,” Pietesen was quoted as saying in the media.

“But that’s gone, done and dusted, I’m not worried about that, I’m fully fit and ready for a bumper summer with England.”

“So many people have been saying that I don’t have the bug and that cricket is not my thing anymore. But I have only achieved half of what I want to achieve in the game.”

Pietersen said he is serious about his cricket and is working hard to be at his best.

“I cannot stress how important cricket is to me; I love cricket and playing for England.

“I still want to get 10,000 Test runs and I’m six hundreds away from scoring the most by an Englishman,” said Pietersen, who reached a career-high ranking of three.

“I’m 30 years of age and I want to try to play for another five years. If I get a fair crack at it, I want to be the best player I can possibly be, and there’s nothing that detracts me from that. I’ve always said I want to challenge myself against the best players in the world and nothing has changed.”

Pietersen’s form took a beating after he resigned from the England captaincy in 2009 following a spat with then-coach Peter Moores, who was removed as an aftermath.

“I had a bad couple of years,” Pietersen said. “I went away in September last year to go and do some soul-searching, to sort myself out, to find out what really ticks and to go and work with people who know me inside out.

“I came away from that and a month later I got a double hundred in Adelaide and averaged 60 in the Ashes. And I’m back playing as well as I’ve ever played. So I’m just happy where I am as a cricketer at the moment.”

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