Kevin Pietersen offers to coach children after dismay at survey

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Pietersen scored 23 Test and nine one-day hundreds for England

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has offered to coach children after hearing of declining playing numbers.

An England and Wales Cricket Board survey showed a 7% decrease in participation among over-14s and total playing numbers were down 64,000.

Pietersen wrote on Twitter:external-link "Any school cricket coaches doing winter training, tweet me and I'll pick a couple.

"We've got a fantastic pool of talent here in the UK and the thought of kids dropping out is frightening."

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Pietersen, 34, who was told in February he would no longer be part of the national team's plans, caused controversy last month with the release of his book, when he claimed there was a "bullying culture" in the England dressing room.

He played 104 Tests and 136 one-day internationals for England between 2005-2014 and is England's leading combined run scorer with 13,797 international runs.

The ECB's National Playing Survey recorded playing numbers in 2014 at 844,000, down from 908,000 for the previous season.

"We need to encourage people of all ages to take part," said Pietersen, who has signed to play for Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 league, which starts next month.