Kevin Pietersen has revealed that he and his wife Jessica Taylor are expecting their second child in a month’s time.
Speaking to his friend Piers Morgan on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, the former England batsman revealed that the former Liberty X star Taylor is eight months pregnant and is due to give birth around Christmas Day. The couple who married in 2007 have a son called Dylan.
The 35-year-old also launched his new KP24 foundation this week and offered his thoughts on England’s upcoming test series with South Africa – stating that South Africa will be ecstatic if Jos Buttler is left out of the side for the first Test in Durban next month.
Pietersen believes that he could still prove to be an asset for England at the T20 World Cup in March stating that the Test team will struggle against South Africa.
Pietersen has just returned from South Africa where he has been playing T20 for Sunfoil Dolphins.
According to him, England’s opponents are delighted at the prospect of Jos Buttler being left out.
Speaking at the launch of his KP24 foundation, he says, “He should definitely be there playing but I don’t see how they can play him in the first Test match, having dropped him from the last one.”
“And I know South Africa are really, really happy about that. I’ve been there, I was there for the two weeks when they dropped Buttler.”
“And everyone in South Africa was like, ‘You beauty, we don’t have to bowl to a bloke who can win a Test match in a single session.”
“England can say they dropped him because he needed time away but he didn’t have any time away, he got straight into an England shirt and scored massive runs 10 days later.”
“I didn’t like seeing him dropped, he shouldn’t have been treated like that but Jos is a wonderful player and they have to do the business now.”
Buttler was dropped for the third Test against Pakistan but responded in stunning fashion during the one-day series smashing England’s fastest ever one-day century, in 46 balls in the final match finishing 116 not out as Eoin Morgan’s side took the series 3-1.
An international recall for Pietersen was effectively ruled out in May by director of cricket Andrew Strauss, who said there remained a “massive trust issue” between the pair.
Pietersen however, has gone on to hit an impressive end to the year scoring 342 runs in four T20 innings for the Dolphins.
Pietersen is set to launch his foundation’s Sprite 24/7 Project this week which aims to help underprivileged teenagers from seven countries take part in a 10-day cricket camp in Dubai.
The veteran batsman has always enjoyed giving advice to younger players and has not ruled out the possibility of a coaching career in the near future.
“I would be stupid to say I don’t want to get into coaching after I stop playing in some capacity,”Pietersen said.
“I like doing it. I like helping guys progress and get better. I’ve done it throughout my career when I’ve played.”
“We get better together because it’s good for my game as well, having forgotten a lot of stuff I learned when I was 22. It’s a win-win helping others.”