Pietersen made a record-breaking 355 not out for Surrey in Division Two of the County Championship on Tuesday, yet the England and Wales Cricket Board’s newly-appointed director of cricket Andrew Strauss has told his former teammate that he will not be a part of the national side’s future.

‘I know that Strauss and him probably don’t get on, [but] I’m not going to believe it until we get over there and they pick their squad,’ said Harris.

‘He’s just peeled off a triple-hundred. If he keeps going on and playing for Surrey, he may quit now, but if he keeps going and scoring hundred after hundred there’s going to be a lot of pressure to pick him.

‘Although it has been said by the new cricket director, I’m not going to believe it until we play five Tests and Kevin Pietersen doesn’t play.’