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Pietersen keen to commit to England
Kevin Pietersen has declared his intention to represent England in all forms of cricket.
Pietersen retired from the limited-overs forms of the game in June and there was speculation the third Investec Test against South Africa at Lord's would be his last after a controversial press conference he gave following the conclusion of the second match at Headingley.
However, when asked during an interview posted on YouTube on Saturday evening whether he would return unconditionally to the fold, Pietersen said: "I want to commit to all forms of cricket for England, because I love playing cricket for England."
Pietersen wanted to continue playing Twenty20 cricket and retire from one-day internationals but the England and Wales Cricket Board were insistent that he should play in both short forms or none.
His U-turn has now opened the door for his selection in England's defence of the World Twenty20, which gets under way in Sri Lanka next month.
"(I'll play in the) one-day internationals against South Africa in a couple of weeks, the T20 World Cup hopefully if they select me for the squad," he said. "The selection policy is with the selectors, but yes, I want to make myself available for every single form of cricket for England."
The 32-year-old has also had a change of heart about playing a full season in the Indian Premier League. Pietersen had wanted to miss the Test series with New Zealand next spring to compete for Delhi Daredevils in a move that would have benefited him financially.
Asked if he still wanted to play the full season in the IPL, Pietersen said: "Absolutely not, I've taken that all back. I've had a conversation with the franchise in India ... and I won't be playing the full IPL. I will come back and play the Test matches against New Zealand next year so IPL is definitely not an elephant in the room any more."
Pietersen added: "I've had a change of heart because I love playing cricket for England, I love being part of a successful England team. It would be sad for me to finish with the way things have been running through the media in the last three or four days - it would be sad to end my career like this.
"So sitting down with my family, my advisors, my close friends, we've decided and I've decided it would be a lot better to finish my career on a positive note rather than one that's being developed at the moment."