KP ready to rule the world

2011-08-15 08:49

Birmingham - Kevin Pietersen believes the current England team are better equipped to rule the world than the team who defeated the all-conquering Australians in 2005.

England surged to the top of the world rankings on Saturday with a thumping innings and 242 run victory over previous world leaders India in the third Test.

"We've got a real good structure in place and great people in place as well, the management and players, there are a lot of mature players," Pietersen, who made his debut in the 2005 series, told reporters on Sunday.

"You look at the number of games people have played, you look at the number of hundreds we've scored, look at the wickets the boys have started to take.

"We actually look like one of the senior teams in world cricket right now, whereas two, three, four, five years ago there were a couple of players who were experienced but we had a lot of inexperience.

"So I think we've got all departments covered and as long as each individual, including the guys in the squad who aren't playing at the moment, keep striving to get better we'll be okay."

The team captained by Michael Vaughan in 2005 threatened to climb the rankings after that 2-1 series win but injuries or illness to key players including Vaughan, Andrew Flintoff, Marcus Trescothick, Simon Jones and Ashley Giles wrecked any hope of progress.

Pietersen was full of enthusiasm for the current squad's drive to continually seek to improve. He also said the team's burning ambition was to seal a 4-0 series win when the fourth Test starts at the Oval on Thursday.

"It's a target, a huge target because I played against Australia when we did get hammered 5-0 (in 2006-07) and it's a horrible to place to be," Pietersen added. "So if we can inflict a similar defeat on India it would be amazing for us."

Coach Andy Flower said the present England team did not compare to the West Indies' side who did not lose a test series from 1980-95 or the Australian team who twice won 16 consecutive tests, from 1999-2001 and then 2005-2007. Andrew Strauss' team have won six consecutive series to date.

"We are a good side there is no doubt about that," former Zimbabwe batsman Flower said. "(But) I don't think we can compare ourselves to those sides to be quite honest.

"They dominated world cricket for lengthy periods. We have been playing well for a little while now but only for a short time in cricketing history terms. There is no way we can compare ourselves to those sides in my opinion.

"Who knows what the future holds though? That is going to be up to us. It is up to us to deliver excellence and be hungry enough to keep driving ourselves hard enough to deliver that excellence. Time will tell."


  • tiredofitall - 2011-08-15 09:02

    We know KP is a big head -- but headline writers like the one that wrote this one, unfairly puts him up for ridicule again. He does NOT say HE can rule the world.

  • goparty - 2011-08-15 09:11

    SA's second team, most of them are from South Africa

      TheWasp - 2011-08-15 11:38

      Well Done SA B side - you are now ranked number 1.... Maybe at the end of the year the SA and SA B side will be 1 & 2 ranked sides in the world Nice thing for England is that when they tour South Africa they get to stay at home with their folks

      Ingwe - 2011-08-15 13:37

      Goparty really please explain more, I think you will find you are wrong, in fact I know you are wrong

      gamal - 2011-08-16 10:49

      the wasp is a moron, the highest run maker is english, the highest wicket takers are english....

      Bob - 2011-08-18 10:23

      I think you will find all the England side are made up of English citizens and that by far the majority are actually born in England, are you the sad a person that the only solice you can find is to claim England are the No1 side in the World because a couple of their players were born in SA, they chose to take up their option of Brtitish citizenship for their own personal reasons or because their English parents returned to England when they were still youngsters, at least they can rest assured that in England they are selected on merit and not the racist system here when you can be selected because of your colour, why don't you just man up some and accept you are not the best in the World and give credit where it is due, SA have great sportsmen but very poor sporting supporters, IN GENERAL.

  • Grant - 2011-08-15 09:38

    England do actually have a pretty well-balanced team at the moment, so gotta give them credit. I've said before, rankings can simply be a matter of timing. Had South Africa played a series at the same time, and won THEIR series, then England would probably be at number 2. In fact, when SA DOES play their next series, there's a good chance a win could put them in number 1 spot (without England losing any games...) The point is, to be considered best in the world, you not only have to reach number 1 spot, you also have to HOLD ONTO IT for a while, and beat major contenders both home and away. Let's see if they can sustain their ranking. On the other hand, what this series just proved is that India is nowhere NEAR being best in the world. Zim would have given them a run for their money in the last few weeks...

      Gunner - 2011-08-16 07:22

      You contradict yourself boet with your first point and just just another idiotic comment at the end.

  • Gavin - 2011-08-15 09:47

    They may be outcasts from this country but they are now part of the top ranked team in the word and, as much as it makes me want to choke (no pun intended), they do have the ability to stay there a long time, longer than we did, I would say. Sigh!

  • Kobie - 2011-08-15 10:19

    There is no consistency in the game of cricket. Luck makes up 60% of any victory.

  • Garth - 2011-08-15 11:16

    I find KP rather arrogant at the best of times. I notice that he does not mention his return to SA to play for the Dolphins in order to get batting coaching to regain his form which was initially a flash in the pan. Hi mouth kept him in the team until a threat of being dropped encouraged him to get some coaching and a new technique. This will only last until the bowlers find him out again. I do believe he only got 1 hundred in the 3 matches so far. (Another flash in the pan?)

      bullocks - 2011-08-15 12:31

      You and Myffy belong together. In your case it is “KP” bashing and clearly your knowledge of one of the best players in world ( test average 49 and 5600 runs) is limited to emotional outbursts and like Muffy, you are only embarrassing yourself.

  • Ingwe - 2011-08-15 13:55

    Some measure of England's ranking can be found looking at the individual player rankings, especially for the bowlers. England currently have 6 bowlers ranked in the top 20 (4 in the top 10) in the world; quite some achievement given that they only play 4 bowlers in a match. No other team has more than 3. Arguably England also has the strongest batting line up in the world now with 3 in the top 10; a feat only South Africa can match

  • Ian - 2011-08-15 21:42

    there number 1 rank will be short lived, we will beat out of form australia and england kiss there number 1 bye bye

  • Muffyforu - 2011-08-16 09:40

    Thrive - you take live too seriously

      Thrive - 2011-08-16 17:39

      Not really Muffy. I have just had enough of all the KP and Pommie bashing that clutters up the cricket issues. Without exception all the derogatory remarks concerning KP are rubbish and based purely on pub talk. The same old rubbish has been spewed out on this site for years now and I think sport24 should now start “blackballing” these sources of personal and untrue insults on a great cricketer.

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