England batsman Kevin Pietersen has ruled out retirement in the wake of the 5-0 Ashes thrashing by Australia and wants to help regain the urn when they host the series in 2015.
The whitewash has led to calls by pundits for an overhaul of the England team and setup and coach Andy Flower declined to confirm whether Pietersen, England’s fourth highest run-scorer of all time and second in the lost series, was safe.
The South Africa-born batsman, however, said he had no plans to walk away.
“Very disappointed to lose 5-0, and not to score more runs personally,” Pietersen, who scored 294 runs at an average of 29.40 during the five Tests, tweeted.
“Tough tour against a top class team. I want to thank all the England fans for their terrific support. And I’m determined to help regain the Ashes in 2015.”
Spinner Graeme Swann announced his retirement after the urn was lost following the third Test, while batsman Jonathan Trott quit after the first match because of a stress-related illness which is expected to keep him out for the foreseeable future.
Pietersen was one of several players who came under fire from former cricketers during the humiliating Ashes loss for his failure to dig in for the under-pressure team and shy away from his flamboyant, attacking style.
Flower said everyone in the set-up would be evaluated.
“This was a bad loss for the England cricket team and as part of our review, we’ll be looking at playing personnel and support staff and making sure we have the right people in place,” Flower told reporters on Monday.
“But this will be a new start, and so it should be. It does feel like the end of some type of era.”
Former captain Michael Vaughan wanted England to make Pietersen more responsible by naming him vice-captain.
“I have my fingers crossed and hope England do not take the easy way out of this mess by making Pietersen the victim for the Ashes whitewash,” Vaughan wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph.
“I accept something has to give. Either Kevin is given more responsibility, and I suggested at the weekend that he should be made vice-captain, or he has to go. There is no point keeping him on as a peripheral figure.”