England want to do it for KP

2010-05-10 07:48

Saint Lucia - England want to thank star batsman Kevin Pietersen for his form at the ICC World Twenty by winning through to the semi-finals without him.

Pietersen will be missing from England's line-up when they face New Zealand in their final Super Eights match at the Beausejour Stadium on Monday because he has returned to London for the birth of his first child.

However, he has promised to return should England advance

England will be in the last four even before they play the Black Caps if Pakistan beat South Africa in the day's first match at the same venue.

And even if England's game is a 'live' one, from their point of view, only a huge margin of defeat against New Zealand would deny them a semi-final place.

England are within touching distance of the last four after beating defending champions Pakistan and South Africa on the back of Pietersen fifties.

"The contributions he's made in the last two games - two man-of-the-matches - have been fantastic," said England captain Paul Collingwood.

"His contributions have certainly gone a long way towards getting us into the semi-finals."

England have never lifted a major one-day international trophy but Collingwood has no qualms about letting Pietersen leave the camp and so changing a winning side.

"Everything is going well, we hope we can get him back as well," Collingwood said. "We're delighted for him.

"He's about to have his first child. I know what that feels like, so it's great that he can go back and see that."

Meanwhile England off-spinner Graeme Swann wants the team to "absolutely hammer" New Zealand.

"It seems like we've got one foot in the door (of the semi-finals). But that's all it is," Swann said.

"We need to go and absolutely hammer New Zealand. That's what we want to do, smash every team we play, by playing this same brand of cricket.

"I genuinely think, for the first time looking at an England team, we can actually win this. It's not all hot air and bluster."

Swann and fellow spinner Michael Yardy took five wickets between them as England overwhelmed South Africa by 39 runs in Barbados on Saturday.

"I've always been an advocate of at least two spinners in Twenty20 cricket," said Swann, an off-spinner whose style dovetails with Yardy's left-arm style.

"We've struggled to nail that over the last 18 months, but I think Yards has come in and done a fantastic job.

"The fact he's left-arm, spinning the ball the other way (to me) makes a huge difference.

"If you've got two guys spinning the ball the same way it can be very effective - but batsmen can get set.

"The fact we've got eight overs to bowl in the middle and the ball is turning one way from one end and the opposite from the other, it makes it tricky for batsmen to get set. That's why it works so well."


  • Burgiesburnin - 2010-05-10 09:20

    Start the car, South Africa are on their way home. England Australia final. England win. The only thing in the South African trophy cabinet is dust.

  • Don - 2010-05-10 09:33

    Come on England! Do it for KP! Your former countrymen need you today!

  • Sipho - 2010-05-10 11:27

    Goodluck boys, I hope you go all the way to the finals. Thank you for free cricket lessons for Proteas. The Proteas need much much more Blue-Bull power than Bafana does.

  • Sticky wicket - 2010-05-10 11:36

    The England team are indeed playing superb cricket, not in a small way thanks to their SA "imports". They are even playing for New Zealand, Australia & Ireland in this particular competiton! Hindsight is an exact science, but Dr Ali, any comments on the cricketing brains' trust and their immense wisdom (or lack thereof) of allowing the cream of SA players to seek greener pastures elsewhere? For the record, my money is on the Poms thrashing the Aussies in the final! And in the meantime our trophy cabinet remains bare - and will probably do for so for my lifetime at least....Ag shame!!

  • Lesley - 2010-05-10 11:53

    Go England win the trophy and show the proteas how to play cricket properly.

  • I hate KP - 2010-05-10 13:21

    KP is useless at the best of times, so what he posts two good scores and now he is a hero ??? What a looser we are better off without him!!!! Go Proteas, do it for KP and show him how real men play cricketr!!!

  • I hate KP - 2010-05-10 13:23

    KP is useless at the best of times, so what he posts two good scores and now he is a hero ??? What a looser we are better off without him!!!! Go Proteas, do it for KP and show him how real men play cricketr!!!

  • Jakes - 2010-05-10 13:36

    Bafana Bafana have a better chance of winning the World Cup than the Proteas have of winning the 20/20!!! We are really rubbish!!! Why do they keep hanging on to Biff as captain??? He has not managed to get this team to produce squat!!! BOTHA FOR CAPTAIN!!! GARY KIRSTEN FOR COACH!!!!

  • Grant - 2010-05-10 13:39

    Yip England and Australia look like the teams to beat. I bet Cricket South Africa wished it had not chased these players away with their policies. What would the team look like with KP, Lumb in it and with Kieswetter in place of aging Boucher.

  • cheryll - 2010-05-10 17:04

    I am so pleased KP got "the monkey off his back" with SA. Now he can go from strength to strength and show all those booing idiots that he is not afraid of the Proteas. Go KP, go England. All the best for the birth and hope to see you back in the T20/20.

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