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    February 15, 2006

    Not so great expectations?

    For someone who was voted the ICC One-day player of the year after his first season of international cricket, and played an unforgettable knock at The Oval to ensure that Australia would have to chase an unattainable target, Kevin Pietersen seems to be satisfied quite easily with his on-field achievements.

    Talking to reporters a day after England landed in India, he said
    I had a pretty ok tour of Pakistan. I got a Test hundred and I played two one-dayers and I got a fifty.
    If I were Kevin Pietersen, I'd be very dissatisfied with 201 runs from 6 innings at an average of 33.5 with one century and two scores in excess of 30. Especially when you consider that he had a superb tour of India with England-A in 2004. In fact, in one of the last games on the tour, he scored a century in each innings to help his side set South Zone a target of 501, only for Venugopal Rao to score a brilliant double century to reach the target. Rao is skipper of the Board President's XI which plays England in a tour game.

    Then again, maybe he is just playing it safe. But somehow he doesn't seem the sort to do so, given that he loudly proclaimed his ability to read Warne's variations two months before the Ashes series began.

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    I suppose the upshot of this is that at least one person will have tought Pietersen played well in the first warm-up. And Blackwell did well enough in the Giles role, so it looks like India's only escape from leg-stump bowling will be to prepare greentops.

    By Anonymous Geoff (20-Feb-2006, 2:44:00 PM)  

    The CCI XI were just playing Blackwell into the side. We're shite scared of facing Panesar!

    By Blogger Jagadish (21-Feb-2006, 11:51:00 AM)  

    In the sense that he bowls well or that he might steal Harbhajan's nickname?

    By Anonymous Geoff (21-Feb-2006, 4:08:00 PM)  

    I haven't seen him bowl, but having two Surds in the same game would be really too much to digest :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (22-Feb-2006, 12:42:00 PM)  


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