Ashes: Kevin Pietersen desperate to win back urn for England in 2015

• Pietersen confirms his desire to continue playing Tests
• 'Very disappointed to lose 5-0, and not to score more runs'

Kevin Pietersen has brushed off rumours of retirement and has signalled his intention to help England regain the Ashes next year.

The future of the talented, yet enigmatic, batsman has been a key topic of conversation since Alastair Cook's men relinquished the urn with a humiliating 5-0 defeat in Australia.

At 33 and with doubts persisting over his long-term fitness, because of a chronic knee problem, there have been several reports hinting that Pietersen was set to announce his retirement in the near future.

Yet Pietersen has, on numerous occasions, expressed his goal to register 10,000 Test runs – he has 8,181 – and on Monday committed himself to England for the 2015 Ashes series.

"Very disappointed to lose 5-0, and not to score more runs personally. Tough tour against a top class team. #Ashes," he wrote on Twitter.

"I want to thank all the England fans for their terrific support. And I'm determined to help regain the Ashes in 2015."

Although Pietersen was England's highest run scorer against Australia, his contribution of 294 in 10 innings meant he had an average of less than 30 compared with a career average of 47.28. The manner of some of his dismissals led to criticism from all quarters. © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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