England batsman says although he had not yet read his book he remains a firm supporter of the out-of-favour Pietersen.
The irony is obvious to Ben Dunk. Unwanted by Darren Lehmann in Queensland two years ago the wicketkeeper-batsman took the road less travelled to national selection, but found himself very much back in the Australian coach's thoughts.
Australia will head into the first Test against Pakistan with renewed doubt over its ability to fight the familiar twin foes of spin and reverse swing as the team aims to regain the No.1 Test ranking in the Middle East.
Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards has described as "deeply concerning" the crisis that has seen the West Indies abandon their tour of India over a pay dispute, resulting in fears about their participation in this summer's World Cup and their future as a Test-playing nation.
Australian cricket has announced an unprecedented effort to weed out match-fixing and zero in on shady characters.
Nearly five months after he last raised a bat in anger, Shane Watson made his return to competitive cricket on Sunday, although the presence of the Australian all-rounder was not enough to propel his club team Sutherland to victory.
Australian and West Australian batsman Shaun Marsh made a successful return to the cricket field on Saturday after a lay-off due to injury and appears on track to play in round one of the Sheffield Shield.