Pietersen relishing new role as opener in England’s World Cup crusade

February 17th, 2011 - 1:50 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 17 (ANI): Kevin Pietersen, who was promoted to the top of the order during the warm-up game against Canada, remains upbeat despite making a meager 24 run as an opener.

The majority of Pietersen’s 50-over appearances have come at No 3 (60 innings at an average of 39).

“It’s really exciting - a nice positive move going into the World Cup. We spoke about it going into the end of the Australia tour. I have a nice little feeling about it,” The Telegraph quoted Pietersen, as saying.

“I’ll look to play my normal game. It’s not a pinch-hitting role. The team is right behind the decision. I’m fine,” he said

“On the subcontinent we feel the top of the innings is a really nice time to bat,” Pietersen said

Batting first, England were grateful to Matt Prior for a quick 78 from 80 balls which helped them make 243 all out.

Broad’s, who returned from a two-month lay-off with a torn stomach muscle, helped in reducing Canada to 28-5 in reply.

But then Rizwan Cheema took them awfully close, scoring 93 from 71 balls, with five sixes. He smashed Broad for two of those sixes down the leg-side, before the paceman had him caught at long-off.

Pietersen said: “At the end of the day one bloke from Canada played beautifully, hit the ball out of the middle of the bat and played a wonderful innings - and that can happen on any particular day. So hats off to him - but we still won the game.” (ANI)

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