Darren Gough has told talkSPORT England might as well concede The Ashes if they don’t take Kevin Pietersen to Australia.
The batting superstar has been left out of the one-day and Twenty20 squad to face Pakistan, a decision that has staggered the former Yorkshire and Essex pace man.
And, while there are no suggestions KP would be left out of the party to tour Down Under, Goughy knows that would be a disaster.
He told Drive Time: “If they don’t take him to the Ashes, we might as well just give Australia the urn.”
The official line from England is that Pietersen has been dropped because he needs to play more cricket, and he will do that with Surrey for the remainder of the season after a loan deal was arranged with Hampshire.
But Gough insists sending Pietersen back to county cricket is a pointless exercise.
He added: “The best way to get your form back is in international cricket, not in county cricket. I could play county cricket and I’m 40 next week! It’s not in the same league.
“What would Australia have done? I didn’t see them drop Mike Hussey when he was struggling. I didn’t see them drop Michael Clarke when he went through a bad run of form. They stick with them because they’re world class.
“He’s England’s best one day player and what better way for him to get back into form than to go out against Pakistan and belt it.
“It’s absolutely pathetic that you can drop the man who was player of the tournament at the World Twenty20 earlier this year.
“People don’t realise, but he could say ‘I don’t need this’. He’s not been picked for England so he could go off to play for Bangalore in the Champions League and earn a load of money.
“But instead he’s turning out for Surrey in a Pro40 match. That’s KP for you. That’s how much he cares. He just wants to play for England.
“People who say he’s got a bad attitude really annoy me. I think a certain part of the media think he has an attitude problem. But the only attitude he has is to score hundreds for England.”