Kevin Pietersen is keen to help the next generation of England batters and would consider a role as a coach if the opportunity was to arise, he has revealed on the Shackles Are Off podcast.

The former England batter’s strong opinions have made him something of a divisive figure since he put the pads away but there is no denying what a brilliant player he was across all formats.

8181 runs at 47.28 from 104 Tests, including 23 centuries, and more than 5,500 more runs in white-ball cricket for England illustrate just how good he was with bat in hand.

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Few players that have worn the Three Lions have ever been as destructive a batter as KP – just ask the 2005 Aussies – and though you may not always agree with what he has to say, he is passionate about English cricket.

He illustrated that on the latest episode of the Shackles Are Off podcast, when he spoke about potentially coaching the next generation of England batters.

“I’d like to help these new youngsters,” said KP.

“I’d like to help this new young England batting side. I’d like to help them because I think what England need is they need a couple of coaches in there that are not scared to lose their job.

“But to really back them. Back the youngsters and give them that positive mindset on thinking outside of the box, being creative, and being positive.

“So it’s not a position where you look at a lot of coaches around the world and you think ‘he needs that job’. I don’t need that job but I would like to help these guys.

“I would look at it for sure.”

It remains to be seen whether he gets that call from Brendon McCullum and Rob Key.

Listen to the full interview with Kevin Pietersen on the latest episode of the Shackles Are Off podcast on Apple, Google Play, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts…