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Pietersen revels in England series lead

india Updated: Aug 29, 2007 00:16 IST
Pietersen revels in England series lead

Top England batsman Kevin Pietersen is revelling in their one-day series lead over India after years of frustration in the limited overs game.

England won by 42 runs at Edgbaston on Monday to take a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series against an experienced India team. They next play at Old Trafford on Thursday.

"It doesn't matter how many runs I score, when we win I'm happy," Pietersen told Reuters during a promotional event to encourage cricket among youngsters.

"I've scored so many runs for England in one-day cricket and we just keep losing and it's just the worst thing ever. Ok, you got your runs, good stats but you lose.

"If you look at me in press conferences after I get hundreds when we lose it's 'Yeah I played nicely, thanks, but we lost and it's horrible'. But to know wake up and know we are ahead in the series means more to me.

"I don't care if I score nought, nought, nought, nought for the next four games if we win the series 6-1. I take pride in my performances and want to be the best player I can possibly be. But winning is the most important thing to me."

Pietersen, ranked second in the one-day world rankings and England's standout batsman since his debut in 2004, pointed to the individual contributions in the current one-day series.

Ian Bell has top-scored in all three games, while opener Alastair Cook, all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and seam bowler James Anderson have all made career bests in the last week.

"It's an amazing feeling," Pietersen said. "I never say this and that about other players but I always said the guys will come good with experience.