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Impact of Twenty20 on Test cricket is apparent

It is fantastic to have a break in the middle of a long series, as it is good to rekindle freshness in the system. In terms of a winning side, you like to stay on a roll, writes Kevin Pietersen.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2011 23:11 IST
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It is fantastic to have a break in the middle of a long series, as it is good to rekindle freshness in the system. In terms of a winning side, you like to stay on a roll.

However, it won't be a fresh start to the series on Wednesday. We are 2-0 up and would like to keep the pressure on India, who have had a few more injuries.

The pitch will be another green seaming track and the weather will also favour us. So, it will be a test of character to get through yet another engrossing Test match.

Rivals' envy
Looking back, our run rate in the second Test came in for praise. Twenty20 cricket has had an impact on the way most teams bat in Test cricket.

For us, it is fantastic that our batting has depth which affords us an opportunity to play freely. We have an excellent lower order in Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad, which will make any side worry.

The second Test will also be remembered for the incident around the Ian Bell run out. I would say that the friendship between the two sides is as strong as it was before the series.

It is a huge benefit for us that both Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh have been ruled out of the series. But then you have guys like Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir coming back into the team.

There has been talk of India's attack getting weakened. But as I see it, the kind of wickets we have, you don't need world beaters to bowl well on them. Just keep it in the good areas and the wickets will seam anyway.

Finally, I have been asked about predictions made by former captain Michael Vaughan about a 4-0 whitewash. I won't bet on such things.

Michael is a brave man. This is a very levelling sport. One day you think you are on top, the next day it comes back and bites you.

TCM

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