Pietersen urges batsmen to get better scores

New Delhi, Nov 21 (UNI) After three successive defeats in the ongoing seven-match ODI series against India, England skipper Kevin Pietersen has urged his teammates to show character and build on promising starts to score centuries.

England lost the third ODI by 16 runs under Duckworth/Lewis method at Kanpur yesterday. The visitors were also guilty of squandering a good chance of posting a huge total after openers Ravi Bopara and Ian Bell put on 79 runs for the first wicket.

The visitors believed that the 49-over match should have been shortened by more than just one over after a 45-minute delay to the start and also wanted the lunch interval to be shortened to take into account the fading light in Kanpur.

''Playing against spin is definitely something England's cricketers need to work on. We've played in India for years now and there's only been a few centuries by England batsmen out here,'' Pietersen was quoted as saying by Cricket365.com.

''Unfortunately playing in India you need to score big runs and when you get in you've got to get hundreds.

''We knew coming to India we needed to score hundreds to stay competitive and we haven't got a hundred yet. Hopefully in the next four games we can try and get four,'' he added.

However, despite yesterday's loss at Kanpur, Pietersen was confident that his team would play to its potential in the remaining four matches of the series.

''I think if we'd had a full game yesterday, we'd have definitely taken it close. We put a lot of pressure on them and there was plenty of aggression from the bowlers.

''But the thing we need to learn is that once we get a start we get hundreds. I'm sure if we do that, we'll be very competitive for the rest of the series,'' he added.


Story first published: Friday, November 21, 2008, 18:07 [IST]
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