Pietersen chases crowning glory
Kevin Pietersen believes winning the World Cup would complete the greatest year in English cricket history.
England won the ICC World Twenty20 last year, beat Bangladesh and Pakistan in Test series in the summer and recently won the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years.
“We're going to a World Cup and World Cups are incredible events,” Pietersen said. “We've had an incredible 12 months. (Winning would) cap off the most remarkable 12 months in English cricket history.”
England returned home yesterday after a three-month tour Town Under, and fly out to Bangladesh on Saturday after only three full days’ rest.
“It doesn't matter if we’ve got three or four days - that's exactly what we’ve got,” added Pietersen.
“We’ve got to focus our attention on being as positive as we can to go and do a job in India and that’s exactly how the boys are feeling.”
Although England ended their otherwise successful tour of Australia by losing the one-day series 6-1, Pietersen insists they will be “on the money” when the World Cup gets under way in the sub-continent later this month.
“We went out there to win the Ashes; we obviously achieved that,” the 30-year-old said. “We put a lot of time, a lot of energy, a lot of concentration, a lot of dedication into winning the Ashes.
“Obviously the one-dayers didn't go according to plan but we want to win the World Cup, so our energies, our attention to detail now turns fully to India and we'll be on the money in India, don't worry about that.”
England must cope without left-handed batsman Eoin Morgan, who has been ruled out with a broken finger. His place was yesterday taken by Ravi Bopara.
“It’s a huge loss,” Pietersen told Sky Sports News. “Morgs has been a fantastic member in the middle order for the last couple of years; he's done so well for England.
“He’s absolutely distraught. To play in his first World Cup for England is a huge thing and it's someone who is going to be really missed in our middle order.”