London, Aug 16: If Team India thought the English Test machine was going to relent a little for the fourth encounter at the Oval, middle order batsman Kevin Pietersen has sounded off a stern warning. He wants his side to spare India no quarter and demonstrate a killer instinct that will help the hosts in whitewashing India.
Pietersen further said that assuming the No. 1 Test status in the world signifies little in light of their challenge to hold on to the coveted throne. He feels only outright intimidation would set them up for a long and prosperous reign.
A boastful KP has placed England alongside the majesty and near-invincibility of the Australian and West Indies teams of the 1960s and 70s. He wishes his side to emulate that drive and momentum of the past masters.
"I think when the great Australian and West Indian teams played for years and years they killed opposition," Pietersen told reporters.
Pietersen also pointed out that England's failures in the past decade have only goaded the team on to overcome their weaknesses and turn a world-beater side.
"I played against that Australian team in 2006 in Australia and they cleaned us out every day of that series and it affects you. I promise you now that every day's play of those Test matches you weren't looking forward to it because you knew you were going to get dealt with.
Pietersen feels England has garnered the respect and fear of other sides who were unable to temper the Indian juggernaut. Furthermore, England is playing with such cohesive force that even the latter order is proving insurmountable.
"Potentially, other sides will fear us now. You look at that engine room, from Matty Prior down to No.10, those guys there can score 150 runs and take the game away from you - we've seen it a couple of times already in this series," he said.
So as the prey turn predators, KP wants to inflict the same kind of torment on India as teams like Australia subjected the English to.
"When you look all down our team it is not nice for the opposition. The whitewash is now a target and a huge target because I played against Australia when we did get hammered and it's a horrible place to be."