England in Australia 2010-11 January 29, 2011

Pietersen wants England to pull off 'amazing' comeback

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Kevin Pietersen is targeting an "amazing" one-day series comeback over the next ten days to give the tour of Australia a perfect finish. England handed themselves a lifeline with a 21-run victory at Adelaide, but still need to win the three remain matches, starting with the game in Brisbane on Sunday, to steal the trophy.

If they can pull it off, it would be a fightback similar to the one England achieved four years ago after appearing down and out during the CB Series before winning two matches to reach the final ahead of New Zealand, and then beating the hosts 2-0. Pietersen missed most of that tournament, having broken a rib in an early match, but has set his sights on a deciding encounter at Perth on February 6.

"It'll be amazing. We were 3-0 down and to be able to fight to the end and turn out in Perth on what could be a final would be incredible. It was nice to win in Adelaide, you always look for momentum but momentum hasn't meant a lot on this trip so far. It's a different ground with different conditions and whoever adjusts best will win tomorrow. We can't afford to lose."

Pietersen has had a mixed series with the bat, beginning with a dominant 78 at the MCG before falling first ball at Hobart. He then missed the Sydney match with a groin strain but returned for Adelaide, where he was caught at long-on for 12.

This series has been Pietersen's comeback into the one-day set-up after he was dropped against Pakistan in September, so he needed a productive series to reaffirm his credentials. England played seven batsmen in the previous match but that's unlikely to be a long-term solution heading into the World Cup, so no one can afford to lose their form at this juncture.

"You are going to get frustrated. I've been playing really nicely and have been on this whole trip so far," Pietersen said. "I was frustrated in Hobart then I'm not sure it was the wrong option the other night but it looked like the wrong option the way I going out, just trying to hit a boundary. But these things happen."

England have a quick turnaround between the end of this tour and the World Cup. The players will have three days at home before departing for the subcontinent to begin preparations, although Paul Collingwood and Graeme Swann have been given extra time off for paternity leave.

There are injury concerns over Swann and Tim Bresnan, who flew home from Australia with back and calf injuries respectively, although both remain confident of making the start of the tournament. Pietersen thinks that the enforced breaks can actually benefit England.

"The boys will be fresh, the boys will be firing," he said. "In a weird sort of way it's quite nice that a few guys have had a few games off and been rested and some guys are back in England because they'll come back fresh and rearing to go as soon as we jump on that plane."

Although Pietersen remains desperate to finish this tour on a successful he doesn't think these one-dayers will have a huge bearing on what happens when the World Cup starts. "I'm not sure how vital it will be because conditions will be totally different. I think the first week in the subcontinent when we start getting used to conditions and the make-up of our side, having a full strength team out, that will be really crucial."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 30, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    What says KP now???????? Should have waited for today...

  • Marcio on January 30, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    KP heroics notwithstanding, I'm sticking with my original pick for AUS to win this one.

  • WarriorsWA12 on January 30, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Kevin needs a little less Fig Jam on his toast each day.

  • landl47 on January 29, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    KP displays once again the fact that his cricketing ability has little or nothing to do with his brain. The time to talk about amazing comebacks is when (if) England have won two more games. Unless or until that happens, focussing on winning the next game might be a good idea. Talking of the next game, I think the Aus selectors should really think hard about resting Lee. He was wild in the last game, which probably means he is tired and was straining a bit too much to keep his pace up. Given his history of injuries, Aus don't want to overburden him before the World Cup (I guess RJHB thinks this series is meaningful, but he's about the only one. How about the ODIs in 2007, when England won- did that mean anything?). MJ will be back and it will be interesting to see if this is his one game in the series in which to bowl well. I think Clarke has captained pretty well and his batting will come around. I liked the balance of the England side last time out- leave it as it is.

  • Trickstar on January 29, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip You better ask those darn reporters, to stop asking for interviews with him. @RJHB What the hell as the Perth pitch got to do with it, if we go by your reasoning,Oz shouldn't of bothered turning up at MCG, SCG and Adelaide.But of course most cricket fans know that Tests and Odi's have little in common.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 29, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Pietersen is trying to follow Ponting & Clerk. Too much talking but doing nothing. I do not think England selectors will be like Aussie selectors. They will drop Pieterson from the team even in the world cup. They have already done it to Pietersen. Therefore Hey Pietersen!!!! Deliver then talk. Do not talk before deliver like Clerk doing after every match.

  • Something_Witty on January 29, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    @ Jimmers, LOL! The sad thing is that is way too close to being the truth. Poor Watto.

  • Jimmers on January 29, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Looking forward to another installment of England versus Shane Watson.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 29, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    I prefer Poms to win so that series will be alive. But Watson can lead in his home ground.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on January 29, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    I would quite like for Peterson to shut up and play.

  • on January 30, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    What says KP now???????? Should have waited for today...

  • Marcio on January 30, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    KP heroics notwithstanding, I'm sticking with my original pick for AUS to win this one.

  • WarriorsWA12 on January 30, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Kevin needs a little less Fig Jam on his toast each day.

  • landl47 on January 29, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    KP displays once again the fact that his cricketing ability has little or nothing to do with his brain. The time to talk about amazing comebacks is when (if) England have won two more games. Unless or until that happens, focussing on winning the next game might be a good idea. Talking of the next game, I think the Aus selectors should really think hard about resting Lee. He was wild in the last game, which probably means he is tired and was straining a bit too much to keep his pace up. Given his history of injuries, Aus don't want to overburden him before the World Cup (I guess RJHB thinks this series is meaningful, but he's about the only one. How about the ODIs in 2007, when England won- did that mean anything?). MJ will be back and it will be interesting to see if this is his one game in the series in which to bowl well. I think Clarke has captained pretty well and his batting will come around. I liked the balance of the England side last time out- leave it as it is.

  • Trickstar on January 29, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip You better ask those darn reporters, to stop asking for interviews with him. @RJHB What the hell as the Perth pitch got to do with it, if we go by your reasoning,Oz shouldn't of bothered turning up at MCG, SCG and Adelaide.But of course most cricket fans know that Tests and Odi's have little in common.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 29, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Pietersen is trying to follow Ponting & Clerk. Too much talking but doing nothing. I do not think England selectors will be like Aussie selectors. They will drop Pieterson from the team even in the world cup. They have already done it to Pietersen. Therefore Hey Pietersen!!!! Deliver then talk. Do not talk before deliver like Clerk doing after every match.

  • Something_Witty on January 29, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    @ Jimmers, LOL! The sad thing is that is way too close to being the truth. Poor Watto.

  • Jimmers on January 29, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Looking forward to another installment of England versus Shane Watson.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 29, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    I prefer Poms to win so that series will be alive. But Watson can lead in his home ground.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on January 29, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    I would quite like for Peterson to shut up and play.

  • Meety on January 29, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Oz to win 5 - 2..................................

  • Okakaboka on January 29, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    I just read where Clarke wanted to play with his District Cricket side today to help prepare for tomorrows ODI. The Selectors etc. told him no! Well there you go!! Clarke is trying to do something about his form and in come Super Dooper Mega Brain selectors to get in the way. We all know they know best , don't we.....NOT! Geez, they clearly haven't been keeping up with current events. Clarke is batting worse than anytime in his career under these selectors and coaches watch. "Boys, you doing a crap job. You should have let Clarke go.....his club coach is probably way more competent than you." Before Clarke is dropped, clearly Hilditch, Nielson, et.al. need to disappear back to their district cricket side...and stay away from the young players..they'll only stuff them up!

  • RJHB on January 29, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Might have been 2 or 3 players that won Australia the first three matches but its was 2 or 3 different players each time! Can't ask for much more than that. Aim high K.P. but even if the series does get to Perth undecided, your mob couldn't handle the Perth pitch in the test match, what makes you think you'll be able to handle it this time??!! Australia all the way. Looking forward to England losing the series and then saying that it didn't mean anything to them!! World Cup, no chance Poms, dream on!

  • simon_w on January 29, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Pietersen is perhaps a little premature talking about comebacks at this stage. Let's pull off a win tomorrow in Brisbane first, and then a few of these comments will sound better -- especially if KP steps up personally. Haven't forgotten the Adelaide test yet, of course, but can't remember the last time KP won us an ODI... used to be a regular thing!

  • Okakaboka on January 29, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Yes, Well England just might do it if a few more Australians don't start contributing. We have won the first 3 matches due to the efforts of 2 -3 players. Time for the rest to stand up. On the laws of probability, bowlers and batsmen have bad trots, but some have done nothing for 4 matches. I really do think Nielson & Co. have a lot to do with this.

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  • Okakaboka on January 29, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Yes, Well England just might do it if a few more Australians don't start contributing. We have won the first 3 matches due to the efforts of 2 -3 players. Time for the rest to stand up. On the laws of probability, bowlers and batsmen have bad trots, but some have done nothing for 4 matches. I really do think Nielson & Co. have a lot to do with this.

  • simon_w on January 29, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Pietersen is perhaps a little premature talking about comebacks at this stage. Let's pull off a win tomorrow in Brisbane first, and then a few of these comments will sound better -- especially if KP steps up personally. Haven't forgotten the Adelaide test yet, of course, but can't remember the last time KP won us an ODI... used to be a regular thing!

  • RJHB on January 29, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Might have been 2 or 3 players that won Australia the first three matches but its was 2 or 3 different players each time! Can't ask for much more than that. Aim high K.P. but even if the series does get to Perth undecided, your mob couldn't handle the Perth pitch in the test match, what makes you think you'll be able to handle it this time??!! Australia all the way. Looking forward to England losing the series and then saying that it didn't mean anything to them!! World Cup, no chance Poms, dream on!

  • Okakaboka on January 29, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    I just read where Clarke wanted to play with his District Cricket side today to help prepare for tomorrows ODI. The Selectors etc. told him no! Well there you go!! Clarke is trying to do something about his form and in come Super Dooper Mega Brain selectors to get in the way. We all know they know best , don't we.....NOT! Geez, they clearly haven't been keeping up with current events. Clarke is batting worse than anytime in his career under these selectors and coaches watch. "Boys, you doing a crap job. You should have let Clarke go.....his club coach is probably way more competent than you." Before Clarke is dropped, clearly Hilditch, Nielson, et.al. need to disappear back to their district cricket side...and stay away from the young players..they'll only stuff them up!

  • Meety on January 29, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Oz to win 5 - 2..................................

  • A_Vacant_Slip on January 29, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    I would quite like for Peterson to shut up and play.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 29, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    I prefer Poms to win so that series will be alive. But Watson can lead in his home ground.

  • Jimmers on January 29, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Looking forward to another installment of England versus Shane Watson.

  • Something_Witty on January 29, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    @ Jimmers, LOL! The sad thing is that is way too close to being the truth. Poor Watto.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 29, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Pietersen is trying to follow Ponting & Clerk. Too much talking but doing nothing. I do not think England selectors will be like Aussie selectors. They will drop Pieterson from the team even in the world cup. They have already done it to Pietersen. Therefore Hey Pietersen!!!! Deliver then talk. Do not talk before deliver like Clerk doing after every match.