India tour a lesson for Pietersen's England

Published: Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 10:16 [IST]
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We need to learn from the India: Pietersen

Mohali: Even though England lost in the Test series 1-0, England captain Kevin Pietersen was frank enough to say that his side had ''a lot to learn'' from the tour of India after salvaging a draw in the final Test at Mohali.

England managed to hold India to a draw in the last of the two-Test series but the Englishmen have been on a decline with the fifth defeat in the last eight Test series.

''It's been a good tour. We've got a lot to learn from this tour of India,'' Pietersen said.

''We have enjoyed ourselves, obviously making the decision to comeback and play in the Test matches, everyone's been very hospitable. We've enjoyed our time back here in Chennai.

''The way the our players have performed, the way the guys have trained, the way the guys prepared and the way the guys have played means we got into position to try to win the first Test match and got ourselves into a position to try to push for a Test match victory.

''We've got to take our hats off and say congratulations to India for a fantastic tour. They've played some fantastic cricket and then thank everybody for their hospitality,'' he added.

Pietersen said he was proud to lead the team in trying circumstances and despite all odds his team managed to compete well against a tough India outfit.

''I'm just really proud to be captain of a bunch of lads who jumped on a plane to come here and played some real good cricket, concentrated so much, they've enjoyed their cricket and have smiles on their faces,'' he said adding, ''You can't ask for anything more.'' Yuvraj Singh, who has been a thorn in the England team's flesh through out the tour, came in for a lot of praise from the England skipper who had labelled him a ''pie-chucker''.

''We got ourselves back in a position to win the Test match, the first one, and obviously we fought really hard yesterday afternoon but then unfortunately Yuvraj got to play really well last night and then again this morning and we missed out again,'' he replied when asked to analyse the two matches.

England coach Peter Moores also paid tribute to India and felt his side would learn lessons from the series defeat.

''Full credit to India, they played well first innings. I thought we bowled much better here than we did in the last Test.

''We learned quite a lot from that Test match but (Gautam) Gambhir and (Rahul) Dravid put that fantastic partnership together which made it that India couldn't really lose the game,'' he added.

Moores further added that he had no regrets over the decision to return to India for the Test series after a week back at home following the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

''We made our statement as a team and I think it is the right one.

''Since we have been here it has felt very secure. It is a great place to play and everybody has learned a huge amount.

''There have been some quite tough lessons. We have got to take them away, improve ourselves and come back in the West Indies after Christmas and move it forward.

''It was definitely worth coming here. We have learned something, there has been some good cricket played and we move on to the challenges of 2009,'' Moores stated.

However, the English coach admitted that England let a big opportunity slip in the first Test in Chennai last week.

''The intent was there to try to push the score on Chennai, we didn't do it. We had a fantastic opportunity to win a Test and bowl them out but we didn't take it.

''With hindsight we will look back and think there were different options we might have taken but credit to India, it was a fantastic run chase,'' he conceded.


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