Pietersen critical of WC schedule

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Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 12:01 [IST]
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Pietersen critical of WC schedule

England's Kevin Pitersen has slammed the schedule-makers for coming up with such a packed itinerary in the lead-up to the World Cup. England will leave for the global event in the subcontinent just three days after their ongoing tour of Australia, which began in October last year.

"Our schedule is ridiculous going into this World Cup," Pietersen told PA. "It has been for England teams for a very long time, and that's probably why England have not done well in World Cups."

Pietersen also expressed displeasure at the format of the six-week long tournament, saying the periods in between matches were too long. "How can the England team play once and then in six days' time play again, and then in six days' time play again," he asked. "It's ridiculous but there's nothing we can do about the schedules. I wouldn't say we're going to be knackered because it's going to be the World Cup, and we all want to win this World Cup."

Regardless of his frustration with the scheduling, Pietersen feels that England have a good chance of winning the coveted trophy. England have shown vast improvement in the limited-overs format in the last two years, winning nine of their previous ten bilateral ODI series before apparently running out of steam to surrender the ongoing seven-match ODI series against Australia.

Pietersen put down England's resurgence to enhanced skills in all aspects of their game. "The batsmen have improved, the fielding is top-notch, our catching is incredible, our bowling is so skillful. I just think our skill levels are really, really good."


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