England will not commit to Kevin Pietersen's long-term international future despite naming him in the provisional 30-man ICC World Twenty20 squad on Wednesday. England have bought themselves time to make a call on Pietersen as the squad for the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh does not have to be finalised for another three weeks. Ashley Giles, the limited-overs coach, admitted that a period of reflection was needed to digest the Ashes whitewash before any major decisions are taken.
"It's significant and at no point did we discuss leaving him out of the 30," Giles said of Pietersen's selection. "I wasn't involved in the Ashes. It was obviously tough for everyone involved. The important thing is we don't make any knee-jerk calls now." Pietersen's relationship with Andy Flower is said to be have broken down but he remains on good terms with Giles.
That raises the possibility of a split between England's two coaches over the future handling of Pietersen but Giles was adamant they have to be united on such an important call. "Although we have split roles, myself and Andy are always joined up. There can't be any cracks there." England's final 15 for the World Twenty20 will be chosen at the end of the T20 series against Australia on Feb 2.