Hawk-eye forces Pietersen into rethink

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Andy Flower & Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen takes advice from Andy Flower as he attempts to iron out the kinks in his technique against left-arm spinners

Kevin Pietersen believes the increasing influence of technology in cricket will lead to batsmen all over the world assessing their technique.

Pietersen endured a rocky start to the tour of Bangladesh, mustering only 69 runs in seven innings before bouncing back to form with 99 in the first Test at Chittagong, which England won by 181 runs.

The majority of his problems were caused by slow left-armers, with Pietersen falling cheaply in each of the three one-day internationals.

He feels that is down to a shift in the outlook of umpires, who have been persuaded by the Hawk-Eye system to give more leg before verdicts.

And while he thinks a minor alteration at the crease has helped him overcome the worst of his struggles - his attempts to keep his front foot inside the line of the ball and drive through the off side were obvious in Chittagong - he does not expect to be the only one forced into revising his method.

“I’ve had to work a hell of a lot harder than I’ve ever worked before,” he said.

“I’ve always worked hard in my career but I spent hours in those nets at Chittagong and something clicked. I might get two good balls next match but in terms of my form and technique I feel good.

“I think every right-hander has this now against left-arm spin - and every left-hander to right-arm spin.”

He added: “If you look at some of the decisions, I think HawkEye has definitely played a huge role in lbws being given off the front foot.

“So you’ve got to sort your technique out and make sure you use your bat as the first line of defence.

“Batting has changed. It’s no surprise to see that three of the top ranked bowlers in one-day cricket are left-armers (Shakib Al Hasan, Daniel Vettori and Ray Price) and that tells you something: there is work to be done.”

Mushfiqur Rahim & Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen falls lbw to Abdur Razzak, capping a miserable return with the bat in the ODI series and prompting much introspection

All-rounder Stuart Broad, who was an injury concern with a back problem prior to the first Test, missed training today due to illness.

He is not currently considered a doubt for the second Test in Mirpur and, with England netting again tomorrow, his condition will continue to be monitored.


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