21 Jul 2015

Pietersen laments Ashes exclusion

1:18 pm on 21 July 2015

Kevin Pietersen has again lamented his exclusion from the England cricket team, saying it's "ridiculous" he can't help out his former colleagues following their heavy defeat in the second Ashes Test.

Former England international cricketer Kevin Pietersen.

Former England international cricketer Kevin Pietersen. Photo: Photosport

Pietersen watched from Miami as Australia levelled the series in emphatic fashion after Alistair Cook's charges slumped to 103 all out in their second innings at Lord's, to lose the match by 405 runs.

The dramatic capitulation brought negative attention to England's top order, with the London Telegraph providing statistics to show the top three are now worse than Bangladesh's.

While Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance and Ian Bell all have question marks over their selection, Pietersen took to Twitter on Monday to bemoan the fact there's zero chance he'll be the one called up as a replacement.

"Deep in thought right now ... ridiculous that I'm lying on a beach when I should be in UK prepping for the 3rd Test! So silly really! Sad!" he tweetet.

"Batting as well as ever & the team have huge issues with top order! What a waste, just lying on a beach! I wish I could help!

"So, so, so, so silly!"

Pietersen was dumped in the wake of England's embarrassing 2013-14 Ashes whitewash in Australia and is still in international exile.

The recently appointed director of cricket Andrew Strauss made it clear in May there was no place for him in the team because a "massive trust issue" remained between the controversial batsman and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Strauss' comments came despite Pietersen smashing an unbeaten 326 for Surrey in the same week.