England news September 4, 2011

Pietersen sets sights on India tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kevin Pietersen has insisted he still has the hunger for one-day internationals after being rested from the current series against India. That decision from the England selectors was followed by reports that Pietersen wouldn't play again this year, but he says he hopes to be on the plane to India next month.

Before then there are two Twenty20 internationals against West Indies, at The Oval, which have been added to the end of England's season and Pietersen also has his sights set on them. He played against India, at Old Trafford, last week and is still seen as a key part of the 20-over outfit as they prepare to defend their world crown in Sri Lanka next year.

"I've got two Twenty20s versus the West Indies later this month at The Oval and then we leave on October 3 for the one-day series in India. I'd love to play in all six games in India," he told the Mail on Sunday. "You can never say you won't have an injury or that you're a dead cert for selection, but I'd love to play in every game, of course. I'm planning to play on for another four or five years, which will incorporate another couple of Ashes series."

Part of the reason behind Pietersen's rest has been revealed as a wrist injury that needs treatment and he believes that it is England's careful management of the players that has helped them rise to the top of the Test rankings.

"There's no doubt that England's success is also partly down to the fact that the players are rested when they can," he said. "International cricket can be a constant slog. I think India have got to that point now. The demands on the top players, especially if they play all three forms of international cricket, are immense. Maybe that's why we haven't quite got there yet in one-day cricket. But we're working on it."

Another player who isn't involved in all three formats for England at the moment is James Anderson, who hasn't been part of the Twenty20 side since the trip to South Africa two winters ago. Anderson, who took his 200th ODI wicket in the abandoned match against India at Chester-le-Street on Saturday, is keen to regain his place and is considering a stint at the IPL to press his case.

"My immediate priority is to play my part in winning the ODI series against India, but if I bowl well enough perhaps that will push me back into their thinking," Anderson told the Mail on Sunday. "If not, one option might be to try to play in the Indian Premier League next spring or elsewhere, something I'm really going to have to consider.

"With a maximum of only nine T20 matches for England between now and the next World Twenty20, time and games are running out for me to convince the selectors I still have something to offer," he said. "I understood my omission from the World T20 in West Indies last year on tactical grounds and the variety offered by Ryan Sidebottom's left-arm seam and swing, and the reasons for my absence ever since.

"I can also see where they are going with this younger-looking team," he added. "But I do feel I can transfer the skills I've developed in one-day and Test cricket to the T20 arena and it's frustrating that I haven't had the opportunity to play any domestic T20 cricket in which to try to press my case."

Anderson, 29, has not built up quite the same reputation in cricket's shortest format as he has in Tests and ODIs but has a reasonable record. With international commitments taking precedence, he also hasn't been helped by the fact that he's played just three domestic Twenty20 games in the last two seasons, his solitary match this summer coming against Durham in June.

"I'm sure the selectors know my feelings," he said. "I want to play T20 cricket for England, I'm disappointed that I'm not and it's down to me to persuade them I should be."

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  • Richard on September 5, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    I'd like to see the experiment with Pietersen as an opener, which was tried at the World Cup before he limped home, continued in India. His scoring rate would take the pressure off everyone that follows and if he stays in for 100 balls or so chances are we'd have racked 300+. My picks for the games in India would be Cook, Pietersen, Trott, Bell, Morgan, Prior/Butler, Patel, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Dernbach. The understanding being that Trott will have to make a bit of an effort to score quickly on the flat decks overthere. I'd take Alex Hales as cover for if one of Cook/Trott need dropping, and Taylor for the middle order. Jimmy. Don't waste your energy worrying about T20.

  • Senthil on September 5, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    I bet KP will be a cropper in India ! He can be a good batsman in his adopted country (England) or Home Country (SA) but definitely not in India ! It will be a whitewash for England.

  • ankur on September 5, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    I dont think any current eng player is good enough for IPL. IPL is a top-level T20 tournament and i don't think jimmy fits the bill.

    Also, KP is not going to do well in ODI's like his other "test" mates, because they don't take it seriously enough....

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    KP is proably the best batsman in england side he is very important coz he can attack any bowling line up in the world which he doesnot have to prove. With cook and trott in the top 3 and bell at 6 all are slow run scorrer kp is a must play batsman. Without kp no chance for england in india......since he has good record in indian pitches in both 2006 and 2008 series.....KP is proably the best batsman in england side he is very important coz he can attack any bowling line up in the world which he doesnot have to prove. With cook and trott in the top 3 and bell at 6 all are slow run scorrer kp is a must play batsman. Without kp no chance for england in india......since he has good record in indian pitches in both 2006 and 2008 series.....

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    If we go by the fact that England were 27/2 in the 8th over with 42 overs to go and India has won the match then we certainly forgot about the test match in the 1st and 2nd game when England turned it around. I doubt India would have beaten England anyway.

  • Mike on September 4, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Yeh for sure we will need KP in India if we are to have any chance of getting a positive result from the series. india are a different animal altogether in the pale blue kit. In truth we really need him now also, as I think India has an excellent chance of winning the ODI series, they showed in the rained off game how good they can be, we would for sure have lost that one if the rain had not saved us ! Still, it is a good psychological blow to them, even when they look like winning they dont !

  • joel on September 4, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    He is 1 of the most exciting players in cricket , i understand that hes injured at the moment . But he really does deserve a place in Englands ODI squad , his form in 20/20 cricket is outstanding . Its right to search for younger players dont get me wrong , but KP is the most destructive batsman in the England team .

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    IPL too good for you jimmy, youre far better than thrash !!

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    come we r waiting now our chance to make 5/ 1

  • Jay on September 4, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Kevin has generally enjoyed playing in India. He scored a nice hundred in 2008 in the second test at Mohali which ended in a draw. He will do well in India no doubt. I am not so sure about his team mates though. It will be a tough series for England. They were nearly whitewashed by India in 2008, 5-0 before the series was called off due to 26/11. So I won't be surprised if a similar thing happens again BUT England can compete with India as they have shown recently. That will make India play better than their standards. It's sad there are no tests though.

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