KP keen to pass on wisdom
Kevin Pietersen is relishing the chance to pass on his experience to prospective future international cricketers, as he comes to terms with the end of his own England career.
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Pietersen, controversially axed by the England and Wales Cricket Board in February in the aftermath of this winter's Ashes whitewash Down Under, faces a future dominated by Twenty20 assignments around the world.
The 33-year-old is about to add a Caribbean Premier League franchise to his portfolio, but will first join Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League and then Surrey's NatWest T20 Blast campaign - perhaps with a little county championship or 50-over cricket thrown in, if time allows.
England's all-time record runscorer has been preparing in the Oval nets, fine-tuning his own game after a near three-month break since the Sydney Test and helping county team-mates too.
"It is good to come to the end of an international career and help others who are the start of an international career," he told kiaoval.com.
"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."
He is hoping to benefit himself from the expertise of his long-term friend and compatriot Graham Ford, following the South African's arrival as coach of Surrey.
"I love hitting with Fordy. He is my mentor and he's an absolute superstar," he said.
"He gets me and understands my game, so it's not the worst point to start from.
"Coming back here excites me. Hitting balls again gives me a big buzz. I always love playing at the Oval. I love playing for Surrey. It's special."
Pietersen's lack of cricket since the end of the Ashes is the result of controversial circumstances, but he hopes the rest will have done him good.
"I've just had the longest break I've had since starting to play for England in 2004," he said.
"It has happened for other reasons, but personally it was a fantastic break."