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Eoin Morgan shuts door on Pietersen’s Cup dream

In this photo, England's Kevin Pietersen sits on the pitch at Oval cricket ground, London. — AP/File
In this photo, England’s Kevin Pietersen sits on the pitch at Oval cricket ground, London. — AP/File

SYDNEY (AFP) : Eoin Morgan said unwanted Kevin Pieter­sen was not part of his plans as England’s one-day captain on Thursday and was happy with his group of players ahead of next month’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Morgan, who took over the England captaincy from Alastair Cook last month, moved to end speculation surroun­ding the future of the maverick batsman, sacked by England last February.

Pietersen renewed speculation during a television interview this week with former Australia captain Ricky Ponting during a Big Bash League match when he claimed Morgan wanted to have him back in England’s 50-over team.

“I think this is a good opportunity to clear things up given that Kevin has a lot of opportunity to talk in the media and get his point of view out there, “Morgan told travelling English reporters.

“I’m very happy with the group of players I have, I think this is the best group of players we have to drive the England team forward over the next two months in particular.

“Kevin’s situation hasn’t changed over the last year. It’s been reiterated over months and days.”

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