England in India 2011-12 October 7, 2011

Pietersen targets next World Cup

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Kevin Pietersen has tried to put to bed talk about his future in one-day cricket by insisting that he wants to play for England until at least the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Pietersen is back in the ODI set-up for the series in India, having been rested for the last month of the home season, but is under pressure to perform after a lean two years in the 50-over format.

Pietersen is likely to slot back in at No. 4 when the series starts next week following two warm-up matches although in his absence the likes of Ravi Bopara and Jonny Bairstow have staked their claims. Before leaving for the tour Alastair Cook, the one-day captain, spoke about wanting Pietersen involved all the way to the next World Cup but also said that players had to earn their selection with consistent performances. Pietersen hasn't scored an ODI hundred since November 2008 and over the last two years his average has languished in the low 20s.

"I don't know how many times I need to say it till you stop asking the questions," Pietersen said. "I want to continue playing until the 2015 World Cup, and then we'll reassess. No one's ever guaranteed their place - for their country, for their county, for their club side.

"There's a lot of different permutations and different things that can happen. It's just a case of enjoying every day, and also realising how fortunate we are. If there's any place you want to come and play one-day international cricket, it's here in India."

Pietersen used his break from the game - which included missing the one-dayers against India and the Twenty20s against West Indies - to completely get away from cricket. He moved house in London and spent time with his family, which has become an increasingly important part of his life and the main reason he has admitted to not being a fan of long tours.

He has also said that, while retaining the hunger to play all three forms of international cricket, he enjoyed not having a gruelling schedule of training. "I wanted to take a complete break, and get that bug back for training. That's the first break I've had without an injury for England. It was much appreciated.

"The hardest part of playing all three forms of the game is turning up on training day and doing warm-ups - I think it takes a couple of years off your career. To not have to turn up to training days was an absolute blessing. But you do miss the cricket, participating and competing - because we're all competitors."

After he was left out of the one-day squad last month, it emerged that Pietersen had a wrist injury that required some management and he had an injection before leaving for India. "I've got something in my wrist," he said. "I had a cortisone injection a few days ago, and cortisone just before I left. It's just a case of getting through this tour and seeing where we are at the end."

Pietersen, though, will need to fight through some minor discomfort because England won't wait for him to rediscover his one-day mojo forever.

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  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | October 9, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    @Chithsabesh Sivasankar Bharadwaj - I agree that facing Steyn is one of the great challenges in world cricket, sure - but don't forget - Pietersen has faced the best of the best; Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Brett Lee - and he's done pretty well. KP also faces Finn, Anderson, Broad, Tremlett, etc, in the nets. I also agree that india bowling is toothless. KP will really plunder this bowling. It's just that your comment was rather, er, left field :-)

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    @5wombats I respect what Kevin peitersan has done . I am not a bit like others who says peitersan is overrated . The reason i put Steyn in my comment . Yes i agree with you this is an India , England Series but No use of peitersan scoring against them . That is as poor as a bowling attack gets . I put Steyn in my comment because peitersan hasnt scored so much against him

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | October 9, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    @Chithsabesh Sivasankar Bharadwaj - what an incredibly whacky comment from you. Who said anything about Dale Steyn? Why is an indian talking about a South African bowler when this series is between England and india? BTW @Chithsabesh Sivasankar Bharadwaj - England have already enjoyed success playing South africa. The last time we played ODI in South Africa we won the series, perhaps you didn't see it. What about indias last ODI series in SA - oh - they lost.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Dale steyn would rip peitersan apart he is no match for a team like South Africa he can only score against India who by the way have the worst bowling attack in cricket . Enjoy your success england play South africa then we will see .

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | October 8, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    KP may be having some lean period in ODIs. But come on, why do we even have question marks on this rare talent?! It's a privilege to watch him tear attacks apart with his own trademark arrogance and class. KP is a class apart. Leave him alone, all you naysayers.

  • POSTED BY din7 on | October 8, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    @ Ashok Mohanty u told it write that we never know the indian team cold be 8th ranked sorry 10th ranked team by 2015.Stop getting jealous of eng team. we got beaten by a quality eng side, accept the defeat. They r improving and better than us. They r quite better than a already fixed ipl and CLt20 players in our Indian Team.

  • POSTED BY rohan024 on | October 8, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    can't believe there are people calling Peterson overrated...well, if u r one of the best batsmen of your generation, no praise can be enough for you..Peterson is a champion cricketer, who has won some incredible matches for england..its insane to question his talent or performance..surely a legend of the game..its foolish even on english selector's part to think about leaving him out of the squad..

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | October 8, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    ausaff,

    India has won the WC twice, how many times have England won? KP thinks England has a chance in 2015 because he reckons by then the english team would be filled with his talented countrymen!!

  • POSTED BY darrenh on | October 8, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Most batsmen got some time in the middle, the bowlers got some overs under their belt, Finn hat trick seals the game. Decent start to the tour by England

  • POSTED BY weindians on | October 8, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    @ausaff's cry... England XI 219 Hyderabad XI 94/3 (24/50 ov)

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | October 9, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    @Chithsabesh Sivasankar Bharadwaj - I agree that facing Steyn is one of the great challenges in world cricket, sure - but don't forget - Pietersen has faced the best of the best; Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Brett Lee - and he's done pretty well. KP also faces Finn, Anderson, Broad, Tremlett, etc, in the nets. I also agree that india bowling is toothless. KP will really plunder this bowling. It's just that your comment was rather, er, left field :-)

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    @5wombats I respect what Kevin peitersan has done . I am not a bit like others who says peitersan is overrated . The reason i put Steyn in my comment . Yes i agree with you this is an India , England Series but No use of peitersan scoring against them . That is as poor as a bowling attack gets . I put Steyn in my comment because peitersan hasnt scored so much against him

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | October 9, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    @Chithsabesh Sivasankar Bharadwaj - what an incredibly whacky comment from you. Who said anything about Dale Steyn? Why is an indian talking about a South African bowler when this series is between England and india? BTW @Chithsabesh Sivasankar Bharadwaj - England have already enjoyed success playing South africa. The last time we played ODI in South Africa we won the series, perhaps you didn't see it. What about indias last ODI series in SA - oh - they lost.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Dale steyn would rip peitersan apart he is no match for a team like South Africa he can only score against India who by the way have the worst bowling attack in cricket . Enjoy your success england play South africa then we will see .

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | October 8, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    KP may be having some lean period in ODIs. But come on, why do we even have question marks on this rare talent?! It's a privilege to watch him tear attacks apart with his own trademark arrogance and class. KP is a class apart. Leave him alone, all you naysayers.

  • POSTED BY din7 on | October 8, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    @ Ashok Mohanty u told it write that we never know the indian team cold be 8th ranked sorry 10th ranked team by 2015.Stop getting jealous of eng team. we got beaten by a quality eng side, accept the defeat. They r improving and better than us. They r quite better than a already fixed ipl and CLt20 players in our Indian Team.

  • POSTED BY rohan024 on | October 8, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    can't believe there are people calling Peterson overrated...well, if u r one of the best batsmen of your generation, no praise can be enough for you..Peterson is a champion cricketer, who has won some incredible matches for england..its insane to question his talent or performance..surely a legend of the game..its foolish even on english selector's part to think about leaving him out of the squad..

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | October 8, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    ausaff,

    India has won the WC twice, how many times have England won? KP thinks England has a chance in 2015 because he reckons by then the english team would be filled with his talented countrymen!!

  • POSTED BY darrenh on | October 8, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Most batsmen got some time in the middle, the bowlers got some overs under their belt, Finn hat trick seals the game. Decent start to the tour by England

  • POSTED BY weindians on | October 8, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    @ausaff's cry... England XI 219 Hyderabad XI 94/3 (24/50 ov)

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | October 8, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Got bowled out for 219 against a club side which consists of many players Anwar Ahmed who do not even play first class cricket and this side dreams of next worldcup! Huh. You POMS have gotten a taste of things to come and will get a reality check by the time this tour ends!

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    @ Mr. ausaff: We Indians dont cry on England's success, but Yes definetly u guys do, on India's success. Targeting 2015 is too far, let them first concentrate on this Indian tour how tuff it is going to be for them. FYI: England XI 219 (47.2/50 ov) is the score. This is just the begining, keep watching the series how india is going to beat soo badly.

  • POSTED BY ausaff on | October 8, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    I dont understand why indian fans are crying..and mr @ashok mohanty it is his desire to play 2015 o rankings dont matter..:P..and if that is the case going by present india should be with associate teams..KP is great period...all Indian fans need to get a reality check..their players are fit for clt20 but ran away from eng..lol

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | October 8, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    @Manerjuri; you clearly don't know how priviledged you are to live in an era when you can watch a player of Pietersens fine quality. If you had watched his superb 200 not out at Lords against India recently - you would realise how lucky you are. Now stop being a troll and appreciate talent when you see it.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    he will proove why he is alwys considered humongously talented in odis too.hes special but time is not alwys good for anyone

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    After the win against India, the England team feel like they are the king of the world. 2015 is too far, we never know england could be the 8th rank team by 2015.. :-)

  • POSTED BY indichampion on | October 8, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    I agree kp is an over rated batsman. There are a lot of better batsman other then him but england do not have any other world class batsman so they rate him best. England can never win world cup 2015 since it will no be held in england. england can not win outside england. Remember thrashing by ireland and bangladesh in the world cup.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | October 8, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Can Pietersen be able to hold his place in England team until next world cup? He should target to retain his spot first.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | October 8, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    Who needs Pietersen when they have roy and other south africans in the mix!

  • POSTED BY ubl2729 on | October 8, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    frist concetrate on form untill 2014 next think aboute it

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | October 8, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    2015 - enough time for KP to fill the team with fellow saffas and have a crack at the World Cup!!

  • POSTED BY SagirParkar on | October 7, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    ahh, he doesnt have to worry too much..the Indian team have always been a hospitable bunch and they possess a very stellar record in bringing out-of-form players back in form... i am sure KP will enjoy his tour ;)

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | October 7, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    The next WC is 3 1/2 years away and KP will be 34 then. There are also lots of good young players who will be 24/25 by 2015. Let's take it a series at a time and see where the path leads. I'm hoping KP will make some good contributions to the ODI team in India and that England will win the series. That'll be good enough for now.

  • POSTED BY Manerajuri on | October 7, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    kp is over rated batsman and fielder in the world cricket. He is good not great..

  • POSTED BY mgzak on | October 7, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    How can Pietersen be under pressure to perform? He has an ODI average of 40.00 with a strike rate of 87. I am a West Indian and I would pay to see Pietersen bat before any of the other present day batsmen. He is a truly amazing talent. SA really lost out on him. When he retires, he would rank among the all time greats.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    kp is a great player and will win the 2015 world cup for england hands down !!!!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 7, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    I truly believe that this guy could hold the key for England in the next world cup. He is a fantastic player and a treat to watch. He's like an antique. If the English management treats him fairly with polish, he will exhibit his worth. I have no doubt that he will have a wonderful Indian tour. He has a good record in India. I feel he has to quit playing international T20s and just concentrate on tests and ODIs. He's my automatic no.3 for as long as he is fit. He could also open the innings although that's unlikely given Bell and Kieswetter's solidarity at the top.

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  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 7, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    I truly believe that this guy could hold the key for England in the next world cup. He is a fantastic player and a treat to watch. He's like an antique. If the English management treats him fairly with polish, he will exhibit his worth. I have no doubt that he will have a wonderful Indian tour. He has a good record in India. I feel he has to quit playing international T20s and just concentrate on tests and ODIs. He's my automatic no.3 for as long as he is fit. He could also open the innings although that's unlikely given Bell and Kieswetter's solidarity at the top.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    kp is a great player and will win the 2015 world cup for england hands down !!!!

  • POSTED BY mgzak on | October 7, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    How can Pietersen be under pressure to perform? He has an ODI average of 40.00 with a strike rate of 87. I am a West Indian and I would pay to see Pietersen bat before any of the other present day batsmen. He is a truly amazing talent. SA really lost out on him. When he retires, he would rank among the all time greats.

  • POSTED BY Manerajuri on | October 7, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    kp is over rated batsman and fielder in the world cricket. He is good not great..

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | October 7, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    The next WC is 3 1/2 years away and KP will be 34 then. There are also lots of good young players who will be 24/25 by 2015. Let's take it a series at a time and see where the path leads. I'm hoping KP will make some good contributions to the ODI team in India and that England will win the series. That'll be good enough for now.

  • POSTED BY SagirParkar on | October 7, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    ahh, he doesnt have to worry too much..the Indian team have always been a hospitable bunch and they possess a very stellar record in bringing out-of-form players back in form... i am sure KP will enjoy his tour ;)

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | October 8, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    2015 - enough time for KP to fill the team with fellow saffas and have a crack at the World Cup!!

  • POSTED BY ubl2729 on | October 8, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    frist concetrate on form untill 2014 next think aboute it

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | October 8, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    Who needs Pietersen when they have roy and other south africans in the mix!

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | October 8, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Can Pietersen be able to hold his place in England team until next world cup? He should target to retain his spot first.