Clarke: KP could be back for the Ashes

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Australia Test captain Michael Clarke said it is not impossible to see exiled batsman Kevin Pietersen return to the England squad for the Ashes series later this year.

Pietersen has not played for England since being axed after the 2013/2014 Ashes tour to Australia for being a bad influence in the dressing room.

The South Africa-born player has since wrote a book criticising the England Cricket Board and some of his teammates and it looked as though his international career might be over.

However the ECB have appointed a new Chairman, Colin Graves, and he said that if Pietersen scores runs in county cricket, he will be considered for selection. He responded with 170 for Surrey in a pre-season match last weekend, and Clarke has no doubt that Pietersen is good enough.

Clarke said: "I do think he could be at the Ashes. His form, he's showed that, he's certainly scoring enough runs. He's made it very clear he wants to play and now it will come down to the England selectors."

Australia's World Cup winning captain was speaking to reporters in Melbourne where he was appointed to lead the Melbourne Stars in the BBL, the same team that Pietersen plays for.

On the prospect of playing with KP, Clarke said: "It's going to be nice to be on the same side. To have that luxury as captain to have a player like that in your team is extremely exciting and I know he'll play a big part is us having success.

"At the moment, from the Australians' perspective, I'm happy if he's not playing (tests) because he's a wonderful player."

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