Archive for May, 2011
Kevin Pietersen appears to have found himself once again under pressure for his England place. The batsman has had a disappointing year or so, with the exception of his double hundred in the second Test in Adelaide this winter. Without that career best innings of 227 then Pietersen could well have found himself out of the side. Since then though and the KP has once again found himself struggling to score consistent runs, injury then cut his World Cup short and the chance to get back amongst the runs.
With a number of young English batsmen knocking on the door of a place in the Test side, Pietersen will need to make a fast start to his international campaign this summer, starting on Thursday against Sri Lanka. Only one truly impressive innings in nearly 18 months shows just why Pietersen has come in for his fair share of criticism recently. Those placing a free sports bet wouldn’t back him to score a big innings.
National chief selector Geoff Miller has this week come out backing Pietersen to shine, but also making it clear the South African born batsman isn’t irreplaceable.
“We know what a quality player he is. It’s up to him to actually get some consistent runs for us now. We back him to do it, we have given him the opportunity,” he said.
“If it becomes a problem we will face that problem. But at the moment we’ll back him to be the quality international player that he has been in the past and, we hope, will be in the future.”
Pietersen didn’t win himself any fans with his withdrawal from England’s World Cup campaign, a hernia injury forcing the batsman to return home. Some in and around the camp were reportedly put out by Pietersen pulling out of the tournament because of an injury that he would have been more than able to continue playing with. Those following the cricket betting online would have been disappointed.
The only way KP is going start winning back some fans and friends that may have left him over the past 18 months, then he is going to need to start focusing on helping his team more than focusing on himself. Scoring runs this week in Cardiff would be a massive confidence booster ahead of this busy summer of international cricket.
Worcestershire continued their disappointing start to this season’s Clydesdale Bank 40 over campaign, with Yorkshire inflicting a fourth defeat in five games. Worcestershire were on the back foot from the start after struggling to 155-9 from their 40 overs which was easily seen off by the visitors at New Road.
Opening bowlers Steven Patterson and Oliver Hannon-Dalby gave Yorkshire a perfect start claiming two wickets each in the early overs, to leave the hosts worryingly placed on 30-4. James Cameron and Aneesh Kapil put the innings on sounder foundations with their 88-run partnership before Adil Rashid got amongst the wickets. Those who had placed a free sports bet would have been impressed by the way he set about his work.
The spinner trapped Kapil lbw for 44 but the 17-year-old can be extremely happy with his performance. The teenager was one of the few bright spots of the day for Worcestershire and the batsman will certainly be one to watch this season. Patterson finally put an end to Cameron’s brave innings with the batsman just past his half-century. The wicket saw another collapse and the tail was quickly mopped up to leave Worcestershire’s bowlers a meagre total of 155 to defend. Patterson was the star of show for Yorkshire to end on 4-28 but the whole attack played their part in restricting Worcestershire’s batsmen. The cricket betting online showed the result wasn’t going to be in doubt.
While Yorkshire took their time in reaching the target set for them, they were never in danger. Gary Balance was the first to fall in the 11th over with the score on 59, stumped when trying to charge down the wicket. Fellow opener Gale pushed on to pass his half century before he was bamboozled by Moeen Ali’s off-spin. By that point the game was all but over and by the time Adam Lyth went for 49, there was no hope for Group A’s bottom side. Joe Root continued where Lyth had left off and took his side across the line with a relaxed 11 from 25 balls.
Worcestershire will be able to forget about their current poor CB40 campaign and focus on the upcoming T20 competition, looking to get their limited overs season back on track following their disappointing start.