Pietersen targets World Cup glory

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

England

England's World Twenty20 success has given them the belief that they can win the World Cup on the sub-continent next year

Kevin Pietersen believes England are capable of winning next year’s World Cup.

England have undergone a radical transformation in the shorter form of the game since they suffered a 6-1 NatWest Series defeat by Australia last summer.

They reached the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy, beat South Africa on their own turf, won the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean and completed NatWest Series triumphs over Australia and Bangladesh this summer.

Such form has given England great belief ahead of the World Cup, which begins next February in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, although Pietersen warned his colleagues to expect a stiff challenge from the home nations.

“It’s going to be difficult beating the sub-continent teams on the sub-continent,” he said. “That’s going to be our biggest worry, along with playing spin there.

“But with the mindset the guys have from winning a trophy away from England, we can take that across to India and I do think that we have a very good chance of winning it.”

England’s success owes much to the introduction of the enterprising Eoin Morgan in the middle order and the powerful Craig Kieswetter at the top, while captain Andrew Strauss has developed an aggressive streak that had been absent from his one-day game.

Pietersen claims the positive approach England have adopted in the last year is one of the key reasons behind their upturn in form.

“It’s one thing talking about being positive and it’s another actually going out there and doing it,” the batsman said.

“I think over the last 10 or 12 months the boys have really gone out there and put it into practice. That’s something they haven’t done enough over the last however many years.

“There are certain players who have gone out there and have been positive, but you need a core of players to make a good team. That’s what we have now and that’s why we’re getting good results.”

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