London, Aug 20: England's middle-order maestro Kevin Pietersen today said that "using up as much of the new ball as possible" is part of a team strategy that helps their batsmen in notching up big scores.
"One of the principles our team lives by is using up as much of the new ball as possible. Getting opposition bowlers up to their third, fourth and fifth spells because then we know it will end up with some opportunities for big scores," stated Pietersen who smashed 175 runs in the team total of 457 for three by the end of second day's play in the fourth and final Test against India.
"It's nice to score around 400 runs in a day and our team is doing it regularly at the moment."
In all the three preceding Tests, England have recorded at least 450 runs on the board.
"We know that the longer we bat, the more runs we''ll be able to accumulate, the more balls we''ll be able to put away."
The team now has a formidable top-order, which has Alastair Cook heading the list with 19 centuries, and the other three, Andrew Strauss (19), Ian Bell (16) and Kevin Pietersen (19) are all capable of overtaking England's record of 22 tons.
"I don't think we've surprised ourselves. If you look how hard this team has worked in the last two years. The wheel has to turn and we're lucky to be all dovetailing.
"If someone misses out, someone else gets the runs and that''s what good teams do. It would be nice to get a record.
But I think there are a lot of players in this team who are going to get more than 22 hundreds.
"It''s not a competition. It's not a race. It's just a case of winning games for England, getting us into position where we can win games," Pietersen said.