Surrey's Kevin Pietersen is happy to move forward after England axe
Kevin Pietersen is excited by the chance to pass on his experience to prospective future international cricketers.
Last Updated: 02/04/14 4:49pm
The 33-year-old has a busy season ahead of him despite his controversial axeing by England in February in the aftermath of this winter's Ashes whitewash Down Under.
England's all-time record runscorer is about to add a Caribbean Premier League franchise to his portfolio, but will first join Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League and then Surrey's NatWest T20 Blast campaign - perhaps with a little County Championship or 50-over cricket thrown in, if time allows.
But he has had time to help his young Surrey team-mates as he prepares in the Oval nets ahead of the new season.
"It is good to come to the end of an international career and help others who are the start of an international career," he told kiaoval.com.
"I won't be forceful in my knowledge. But I've got experience in training the mental preparation that goes in to making you successful - which I've nailed well.
"So it's a case of handing over that knowledge, if someone wants it."
Pietersen is hoping to benefit himself from the expertise of his long-term friend and compatriot Graham Ford, following the South African's arrival as coach of Surrey.
"I love hitting with Fordy. He is my mentor and he's an absolute superstar," he said.
"He gets me and understands my game, so it's not the worst point to start from.
"Coming back here excites me. Hitting balls again gives me a big buzz. I always love playing at the Oval. I love playing for Surrey. It's special."
Pietersen's lack of cricket since the end of the Ashes is the result of controversial circumstances, but he hopes the rest will have done him good.
"I've just had the longest break I've had since starting to play for England in 2004," he said.
"It has happened for other reasons, but personally it was a fantastic break."