Pietersen warning for Strauss

Kevin Pietersen has warned one of the most important tasks for Andrew Strauss is to restore English cricket to its public, after a "treacherous 15 months".

Strauss has yet to be appointed as the England and Wales Cricket Board's new director, but already has some timely advice from his former team-mate.

Strauss, the ex-Test captain whose working relationship with Pietersen reached a low ebb during the vexed summer of 2012, will doubtless face a series of tough and high-profile decisions if he does rejoin the ECB payroll this summer.

Kevin Pietersen, pictured, has warned Andrew Strauss he must get the big decisions right if he is appointed as England's director of cricket

Kevin Pietersen, pictured, has warned Andrew Strauss he must get the big decisions right if he is appointed as England's director of cricket

One of them may be whether to 'reintegrate' superstar batsman Pietersen for a second time, after his axing by the ECB as they came to terms with the 2013/14 Ashes whitewash for Alastair Cook's team.

Pietersen, who will be 35 by the time this summer's rematch gets under way, has been given fresh hope of a recall after new ECB chairman Colin Graves hinted that runs in county cricket may yet provide him with a pathway back to the Test arena.

In those circumstances, it will be essential that Strauss and Pietersen are seeing eye to eye again.

Pietersen appeared largely on board when he offered his views on the developing new management regime on the website, BreatheSport, but included too an ambiguous turn of phrase which could refer equally to his own sacking or the team's connection with their public.

"I hope Strauss & ECB bring the public back to the team after a treacherous 15 months," he posted.

"They owe it to the fans! He has some HUGE decisions. Hope he gets them right..."

It is not only Pietersen's playing future which could be in Strauss' hands but that of Peter Moores as coach as England try to put behind them the disappointment of an embarrassingly unsuccessful World Cup campaign and then a drawn series in West Indies - against opponents Graves described as "mediocre".

The ECB announced last month, after managing director Paul Downton left his post, that they would recruit for a new role as 'Director of England Cricket'.

Confirmed candidates have included former England captains Strauss, Michael Vaughan and Alec Stewart.

But after Vaughan withdrew his interest, Strauss has emerged with an apparently uncontested claim to the new post.

His appointment is thought by many to be imminent, but may have to wait until next week before all relevant arrangements can be put in place by management staff returning from West Indies or England's one-off one-day international against Ireland in Dublin.

Meanwhile the ECB has confirmed Yorkshire quartet Jonny Bairstow, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid will be available to play in the White Rose's LV= County Championship fixture against Hampshire, starting on Sunday.

The county champions have had to play their opening three matches of the competition without six of their first-team regulars, with Bairstow, Lyth, Plunkett, Rashid, Gary Ballance and Joe Root selected for England's tour of the West Indies.

Only Ballance and Root played in any of the three Tests, so those that missed out will be available to feature at Headingley this weekend.

Bairstow and Rashid, along with another Tyke, Tim Bresnan, will play in England's one-day international on Friday but Yorkshire revealed they have chartered a private jet to fly three of their players back to the county following the completion of the match.

Moeen Ali, who played in the final two Tests in the Caribbean but was criticised for his performance in Barbados, will be available for Worcestershire's clash with Warwickshire as he looks to build match sharpness, while Mark Wood and James Tredwell could play for Durham and Kent respectively this weekend.

Following his international retirement at the conclusion of the Windies series, Jonathan Trott's return to county cricket will be left up to him and Warwickshire.

Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Chris Jordan, Root and Ben Stokes have been made unavailable for their respective counties, with England captain Cook set to be rested until the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's, starting on May 21.

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