Kevin Pietersen may be out of the England team, but that hasn't stopped him joking about a recall.
The former England international was contacted by a fan when it was announced that in-form batsman Joe Root was a major doubt for the World Twenty20 after breaking his thumb—and sure enough, Kevin answered:
@TheCricketGeek haha! It would be a private jet if all my followers did it! So - yes I would! Haha— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 6, 2014
That exchange clearly got KP thinking, and then he spent the rest of the evening publicly worrying about making sure his phone was on so he wouldn't miss a call from the selectors:
Phone is on charge..would hate to miss a phone call this evening seen as I don't have a voicemail!— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 6, 2014
Phone just rang and it was a private number(excited)...answered it and it was my mum! She said - 'I'd pick you, darling'.. Grrrrr!— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 6, 2014
Phone still on charge...— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 6, 2014
Will keep the phone on charge and ringer on overnight... Night x— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 6, 2014
No news of a phone call just yet, but then again, it doesn't sound as if Pietersen is really expecting one.
There are some who'll see the exchange as a bit of fun, but others will feel it actually points to just the sort of behaviour that might not have played well in the England dressing room: