Pietersen set for England return

November 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm 1 comment


England have been dealt a boost ahead of their tour to South Africa  with the news that Kevin Pietersen is likely to be fit for the one-day series and test matches in the country of his birth after recovering from an Achilles injury.

The 29-year-old missed the majority of the recent Ashes series with the problem, but now it seems as though he is ready to return to action. To make sure his rehabilitation goes exactly according to plan though, he will not fly out with the rest of the squad on Saturday.

Speaking about the situation, England coach Andy Flower said that he was hopeful Pietersen would be ready for the first One Day International, but he has got a bit more ‘work to do’ before he is able to fly out to South Africa.

As for putting a specific date on the first game Pietersen is able to play, Flower said that ‘the warm-up game against South Africa A on 17 November’ was a very realistic aim. The infection that Pietersen had on the injury has now cleared and this was the main reason his comeback was delayed throughout the English summer.

As mentioned already, this is a huge boost for England. Pietersen makes the batting line-up so much stronger. He brings confidence to the side and inflicts the fear factor on the opposition. Not many England players can do this and it is why Pietersen is so important to the team and their Cricket betting odds.

Flower echoed these sentiments by saying that KP ‘brings a superb record, flair, confidence and the ability to counter attack.’ He also revealed that the player is ‘chomping at the bit’ to get going again and play his part in England moving forward as a test match team.

This is good for England as well. The fact Pietersen is likely to be highly motivated can only be a good thing. He  admitted that he had fallen out of love with cricket a little bit by playing so much over the last couple of years, so hopefully this break will increase his desire to achieve great things.

The reality is that he is adding to an already confident England batting line-up after the Ashes win as well. There will be plenty of decisions for the selectors to make in terms of who joins Alistair Cook, Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott in the top six.

All in all, it is a good situation to be in ahead of a very tough tour.

Welcome back KP.

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