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Kevin Pietersen to play for Proteas in 2018?

The right hander has not been selected by England since the 2013-2014 Ashes.

FILE: Batsman Kevin Pietersen. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Kevin Pietersen has not ruled out a comeback to international cricket for his home country South Africa, he said "Yes, it is a thought in my head, if it happens, it happens, if it doesn't, it doesn't. Obviously, playing international is something I have done for a very long time."

Pietersen would become eligible to play for South Africa once more in 2018 and he went onto say "Do I miss playing international cricket? Do I miss batting in international cricket? Yes I do very much so you never know."

The right hander, who has scored over 8000 test runs, has not been selected by England since the 2013-2014 Ashes.

England have made it clear that they will not consider recalling the Pietersen into the fold after a number of run-ins with various figures involved in English cricket including former captain Andrew Strauss who is now at the helm of the ECB.

Born in Durban, Pietersen has been playing in various T20 tournaments around the world and would become eligible for South Africa at the age of 37 and says, "The eligibility for South Africa is still a year away. So we will have to wait and see but it (an English call-up) is definitely still an option."

He believes he can still contribute at international level.

"I am in a great frame of mind now. I enjoy myself and don't take life too seriously. I still train hard and love batting, I love practicing my batting, I love the art of batting. It may not guarantee me getting runs, but it gives me a good chance to get runs. I am very lucky that I have played international cricket for 10 years and over 100 Test matches."