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Pietersen still wants to be back for next Ashes

Last updated 03:17 08/01/2014

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England's Ashes whitewash signaled the end of an era for the national team but Kevin Pietersen intends to be around for the new regime.

"I want to thank all the England fans for their terrific support. And I'm determined to help regain the Ashes in 2015," the flamboyant batsman wrote on Twitter.

The 33-year-old Pietersen's international future is under scrutiny, along with other senior England players, after coach Andy Flower said it felt like the "end of an era" following the 5-0 test series defeat in Australia.

Flower and captain Alastair Cook expressed their intentions to stay on in their roles, but the lineup for the home series against Sri Lanka and India this summer could be very different to the one that was humiliated Down Under.

Pietersen has played an integral role for England since his debut in 2005, playing in 104 tests and averaging 47.28 in scoring more than 8000 runs. He is England's leading all-time scorer across all formats.

Pietersen was also the team's top run-scorer in the recent Ashes, even though he averaged 29.40 over five tests.

"Very disappointed to lose 5-0, and not to score more runs personally," Pietersen tweeted. "Tough tour against a top class team."

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said it would be wrong for the national team to dump Pietersen.

"My fear is that England will make him a scapegoat, and England will feel that the only way they can move forward is without Kevin Pietersen," Vaughan said.

"Cricket's got to be careful - because, while in football you can sign a new striker, in cricket you can't say 'you know that No 4 slot, let's go and pay 30 million pounds and get Virat Kohli in."'

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