'Good as gold' Kevin Pietersen not retiring

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Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 11:34 [IST]
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Melbourne, Dec 24: England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said he is not following Graeme Swann into international cricket retirement.

On Sunday (December 22), offspinner Swann stunned the cricket world by deciding to bid aideu to the grame midway through the Ashes series, which England have lost 0-3.

'Good as gold' Pietersen not retiring

There were speculations that Pietersen could be the next big player from England to head to the exit door after a dismal Ashes tour in Australia.

Ahead of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne starting on Boxing Day (December 26), Pietersen said he is batting well and added that "I'm good as gold at the moment."

"I'm 33 years of age, I'm batting as well as I'ver ever batted," Pietersen told reporters today.

"I'll retire when I can't get up to play for England. I'm good as gold at the moment," he added.

Former England great Geoff Boycott was critical of Pietersen's form and had termed him "selfish". Reacting to Boycott's observations, Pietersen said, "I have the greatest admiration for Geoffrey Boycott and what he achieved for England but I think the way Geoffrey played and the way I play are totally different."


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