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Future tense for KP

Melbourne: Kevin Pieter-sen’s long-term future with the England team is on the line and will be decided this weekend by Paul Downton, who officially starts his job as the new managing director on Sunday.

Pietersen remains a fine player and Ashley Giles may decide he wants him in the team over the next few weeks as they challenge for a global Twenty20 title they won in 2010 in the West Indies. Pietersen was the man of the tournament in that competition and has experience of Asian conditions form his time in the IPL.

Pietersen will want clarity from the ECB before the IPL auction. His value will depend on his availability for the tournament.

If he does not have a Test future he may decide to retire meaning he will be able to play the whole IPL, a situation that could earn him millions of dollars.

He has stated publicly he wants to carry on playing Test cricket for another three years, but at 34, and with a long term knee injury some senior sources have indicated he he is no longer worth the effort to manage in the dressing room.