Pietersen doubts Morgan will have final say on World T20 recall


Kevin Pietersen doubts Eoin Morgan's claim that the decision not to include the South African-born batsman in England's World Twenty20 squad is down to the limited-overs captain.

Pietersen missed the World T20 in 2014 after being axed from the international set-up in February of that year, the ECB informing him he would not form part of the rebuilding process following a disastrous 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia.

The 35-year-old, who has not represented England since his acrimonious exit, continues to score regularly, notching 323 runs in nine matches for the Melbourne Stars in the 2015-16 Big Bash League.

But Morgan has insisted there is no chance of Pietersen making a return for next month's competition in India.

"That door is completely shut. Kevin will not be picked. That's from me," he said in an interview with The Daily Mail.

Pieteresen used Twitter to respond to Morgan's remarks, posting: "Interesting he's saying it's HIS call! Very interesting! Hmmmmm...!"

England's limited-overs captain believes the team already have enough batting options to mount a serious challenge at the World T20.

Morgan highlighted the talents of Jos Buttler, who knocked the nation's fastest one-day international century off 46 balls against Pakistan in November and hit a ton as England beat South Africa in the first match of their ODI series last week.

"I think our batting is very strong, so that box is ticked," he said.

"[Buttler is] the easiest person to handle because he's his own biggest critic and it's great to play with someone who's genuinely world-class.

"He takes a huge amount of responsibility on his shoulders and it's our job to let him spread his wings and just play.

"We're trying to create a laid-back atmosphere where guys can be called upon at different times with bat or ball."