Pietersen offers his services to England after Key appointed as new chief

Kevin Pietersen has offered to "help England 's young batters in some capacity" following Rob Key 's appointment as Managing Director of England Men's cricket.

Key has replaced Sir Andrew Strauss, who stepped in on an interim basis after Ashley Giles left the role following the Ashes. And after Key's appointment was officially announced, Pietersen tweeted: "I hereby confirm my application to help England's young batters in some capacity!"

The 41-year-old has previously touted Key as the "perfect" person to "reset English cricket". Pietersen described Key as "a very smart operator" with a "very good cricketing brain", telling Betway : "They are looking for a Managing Director to reset English cricket, and I think that Rob Key, who has been linked with the role, would be perfect for it.

"Knowing him as I do, particularly from sitting around the commentary box with him, he has a very good cricketing brain and deals with people very well. He understands situations and I think he would be a very smart operator.

"Everybody knows my views on the structure of English cricket and how it needs to change. I believe Rob Key would be willing to make the big decisions and has a clear idea of what cricket should look like in this country.

"The structure is what needs to change. I don’t care who the captain is, I don’t care who the coach is.

"Nobody would do better than Joe Root or Paul Collingwood with this crop of players. The reset needs to start at the ECB offices, not on the cricket field."

Following his appointment, Key said: "It is an absolute honour to take up this role. The chance to have an impact and make a difference is an opportunity given to very few and I will give it everything I have to try shape the next great era of English Men's cricket.

"Although at this current moment it has been a challenging time in English cricket, I also think it’s as exciting a time as I can remember. With two of our teams near or at the top of the world rankings and an undoubted amount of talent in our game, I hope to try and bring everyone along for the ride so we can all help take English Men’s cricket to new heights across all formats."

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