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Friday , April 4 , 2014
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KP seeks mentor’s role

Kevin Pietersen

London: Kevin Pietersen said on Thursday he was looking forward to sharing the benefits of his experience with international stars of the future now that his own England career had been terminated.

“It is good to come to the end of an international career and help others who are the start of an international career,” Pietersen said.

“I won’t be forceful in my knowledge. But I’ve got experience in training, the mental preparation that goes in to making you successful — which I’ve nailed well.

“So it’s a case of handing over that knowledge, if someone wants it.”

Meanwhile, former South Africa captain Grame Smith said England should have managed Kevin Pietersen better to reap the benefits of his match-winning performances rather than exile him.

Smith, the Surrey captain, said England’s leadership should have done more to keep his county teammate in the side and their dismal performance at the World T20 showed they had made the wrong decision.

“I was very surprised that Pietersen was dropped,” Smith told a news conference at The Oval on Thursday. “I would have thought that the environment could have managed a match-winner like that.

“In any environment there is a lot of different personalities so you need to manage big personalities. It’s part of being a leader.

“You can’t help but look at the World T20 and think he would have added value.

“It would be surprising that when you have a really quality player like that, who still has a few good years left in him, you wouldn’t try and make it work. Kevin is fit, healthy and still performing well, so it was surprising.”

Smith, the most successful Test captain, believes England are in desperate need of new leadership and says questions still remain over Test captain Alastair Cook.

“England look a little bit stale,” Smith said.