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KP commits to England cause

Kevin Pietersen has indicated his desire to carry on playing for England and to help them win back the Ashes in 2015.

There has been speculation that the South African-born batsman could be one of the senior players to lose in his place in the side following the humiliating 5-0 whitewashing by Australia in the recent Ashes tour.

It has also been suggested the 33-year-old, who has recently been suffering from a chronic knee problem, could be set to retire.

However, on Monday, Pietersen, who has scored 8,181 runs in 104 Test matches at an average of 47.28, tweeted his intention to carry on representing his adopted country.

"Very disappointed to lose 5-0, and not to score more runs personally. Tough tour against a top class team. #Ashes," he wrote.

"I want to thank all the England fans for their terrific support. And I'm determined to help regain the Ashes in 2015."

Although Pietersen ended the recent Ashes tour as England's leading run-scorer with a modest 294 from 10 innings, the manner of some of his dismissals led to heavy criticism, with some questioning his attitude and application.

Pietersen's commitment to the England cause comes a day after coach Andy Flower and captain Alastair Cook both signalled their intent to continue in their roles and help to rebuild the side in the wake of the debacle in Australia.