Kevin Pietersen wants the inspiration from England’s Barbados victory over Australia in the World Twenty20 final to carry into the upcoming ODI series against Australia as thoughts turn to the Ashes series later this year.
England swept Australia aside to claim their first ICC title, with Pietersen finishing Player of the Tournament, and he believes the fact that the success came away from home will give England confidence that they can produce a repeat come the winter.
“It’s a huge boost to beat Australia away from England and it’s something we haven’t done for a long time,” he told Sky Sports News. “They always beat us in Australia and they beat us in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy [in South Africa] too. Whenever I’ve played Australia away from home we’ve never really come up trumps but to win [the World Twenty20] the way we did – I think India were only team we didn’t get to beat on the big stage – that will give us a lot of confidence.”
Pietersen’s only experience of an Ashes tour was the 5-0 routing in 2006-07. Back then an injury-ravaged side could not challenge a strong opposition but now, on the back of their home success against Australia last summer, Pietersen feels England have a deep enough squad to compete against the best teams.
“A lot of our good players and experienced players are coming to the party and we’re all dovetailing with each other,” he said. “If one guy doesn’t do well another guy does. The key to beating Australia is for all 11 to dovetail together – or all 12, 13, 14 even 15 if they get an opportunity to come in.
“Everyone talks about this word consistency but we’ve been doing it for a while and we have had some good results in the last 18 months so we want to continue that.”
England play the first of five ODIs against Australia on Pietersen’s home ground, The Rose Bowl, on June 22 and Pietersen wants to use the opportunity to ram home the momentum they generated at Barbados. “It would have been nice only to play them again on November 25 after we beat them in Barbados but if we play the way we played in the Caribbean then we’re moving in the right direction.”
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