England chairman of selectors Geoff Miller is confident that Kevin Pietersen will repay the faith shown in him by the selectors.
The talismanic batsman has endured an indifferent period in the Test arena of late, combining magical knocks such as his 227 in the second Ashes Test with a run that saw him fail to reach the three figure mark in 26 previous innings.
While Pietersen’s ability to get runs has never in doubt, on his day he is one of the most fluent stroke players in the game, his consistency – or lack their off – has seen his position in the England Test side come under scrutiny from some members of the press.
“We know what a quality player he is,” said Miller. “It’s up to him to actually get some consistent runs for us now.
“We back him to do it, we have given him the opportunity.”
Miller rejected suggestions that Pietersen was close to being dropped due to his lack of consistency.
“If it becomes a problem we will face that problem,” he explained.
“But at the moment we’ll back him to be the quality international player that he has been in the past and, we hope, will be in the future.
“If it needs be we will make the decision. I don’t foresee it at this stage.” Cricket365