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HindustanTimes Fri,31 Oct 2014
England never had it so good
Kevin Pietersen
September 09, 2011
First Published: 00:01 IST(9/9/2011)
Last Updated: 01:41 IST(9/9/2011)
England's Craig Kieswetter (L) celebrates with England's Graeme Swann (R) after stumping India's Rohit Sharma during the 20-20 cricket match between England and India at the Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester.

Firstly, my thoughts go out to those families affected by the blasts in Delhi. It seems no place in the world is safe anymore. I tweeted to my fans in Delhi to stay safe, and that came from the bottom of my heart. These acts of terror are mindless.

Coming back to cricket, I did not watch the game at Southampton as I was at an awards ceremony. It feels good to see England having three contenders for the wicketkeeper's role. If it is Matt Prior in Tests and Craig Kieswetter in ODIs, Steven Davies is always at hand to step in.

There is depth in bowling as well. English cricket has never had it so good.

The fact is that anyone and everyone playing county cricket wants to play for the country. It shows in how the national team is also performing. Over the last two years, our work ethic has improved and so has the fitness. Even the counties are training and working hard on the lines of the England squad.

Kieswetter is a fantastic striker. He hits sixes and is a confident young talent.

I have seen my old teammate from the IPL, Vinay Kumar, having a tough time here. But it is a difficult transition at times from IPL to the highest level. In international cricket, you have 11 tough guys playing against you, while in the IPL, there are a few weak links which can be exploited.

I have captained Vinay and I am sure he will find his feet soon. He is a professional sportsperson. He trains hard, thinks about the game and works at it. He might not have done well in the first couple of games, but he will be okay in the rest of the series.

For the Indians, it is the fag end of a difficult trip. For some, who also went to the West Indies, all they might want is to go back home. But they have to get through it somehow and draw on anything they can.

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