Strauss fulfilled KP will carry on

England skipper Andrew Strauss is not worrying by Kevin Pietersen’s denial that he plans to retire from one-day international cricket. 30 year-old Pietersen was moved to make clear his aim to continue playing 50-over cricket, come what may for England in the World Cup, after press reports claimed he would soon be warning himself to the Test and Twenty20 formats. On England's arrival in Dhaka on Sunday for two warm-up matches before the sub-Continental contest gets under way in earnest, Strauss repeated: "Kevin has denied those rumours."

StraussIt would be a interested move should anyone forsake 50-over cricket, in favour of the two limits. Although previously as Strauss points out there have been a number of instances of top international players thinning out their workload with age, either the shortest or the longest format is the one sacrificed."You can understand a situation where players, at the back-end of their career, need to manage their workload and might decide one form of the game is more appropriate for them to keep playing than all of them.

"We've seen Brett Lee do it; Murali's doing it now so there is a lot of model there but that's more playing the short form of the game."Strauss himself played only four Twenty20 internationals before deciding for himself, at the age of 32, that he did not warrant a place in the 'sprint' line up."It's an ongoing story with international cricketers," he said."There are heavy schedules, and people need to handle their bodies in the latter part of their careers. It's something players individually have to think about."


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