Pietersen keen on feelgood factor
Kevin Pietersen is hoping a strong showing in the NatWest Series can put England in a positive mood ahead of this winter’s Ashes.
Pietersen is part of the 13-man squad that will take on Scotland in Edinburgh on Saturday followed by five matches against Australia, and the batsman is hoping to continue the feelgood factor around a side that won the ICC World Twenty20 in April.
England still have plenty of cricket before the first Test at Brisbane on November 25, with the visit of Pakistan as well as an ODI series against Bangladesh still on the horizon.
But the 29-year-old believes the one-off series against Australia still represents an important chance to score some psychological points.
England already have some of those in the bank after Paul Collingwood’s side defeated their great rivals in the final of the World Twenty20 and Pietersen is desperate to stay ahead of the game.
“It would have been nice only to play them again on November 25th after we beat them in Barbados but if we play the way we played in the Caribbean then we’re moving in the right direction.”
“A lot of our good players and experienced players are coming to the party and we’re all dovetailing with each other.
“If one guy doesn’t do well another guy does. The key to beating Australia is for all 11 to dovetail together - or all 12, 13, 14 even 15 if they get an opportunity to come in.
“Everyone talks about this word consistency, but we’ve been doing it for a while and we have had some good results in the last 18 months so we want to continue that.”
England’s toppling of the old enemy came about in the West Indies, but Pietersen still sees it as a significant result away from favourable home conditions.
“It’s a huge boost to beat Australia away from England and it’s something we haven’t done for a long time,” he added to Sky Sports News.
“They always beat us in Australia and they beat us in the the semi-final of the (2009) Champions Trophy (in South Africa) too.
“Whenever I’ve played Australia away from home, we’ve never really come up trumps but to win (the World Twenty20) the way we did - I think India were only team we didn’t get to beat on the big stage - will give us a lot of confidence.”