Kevin Pietersen “isn’t on the radar” for an England recall, coach Peter Moores told reporters on Thursday as his squad prepared to fly out to the West Indies.
Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves has suggested that Pietersen may yet be able to resurrect his England career, having been frozen out of the national set-up a year ago.
The South Africa-born batsman agreed a return to Surrey last week in a bid to enhance his chances of a recall, but Moores says that his entire focus is on the three-Test series in the Caribbean.
“For me, Kevin’s not on this trip, so I don’t need to focus on Kevin at all,” Moores told a media conference at Gatwick Airport.
“My focus is to support (captain) Alastair (Cook) as I always would and the 16 players on this tour.
“At the end of that summer (2014) we’d gone through a tough summer, and started to play the sort of attacking cricket people like, and we like. That’s our focus at the moment.
“From my point of view, Kevin isn’t on the radar. So he can’t be in my or Cooky’s focus at all.”