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'England's Ashes aura not blurred by Mohali defeat'

Pietersen insisted that the visitors' superior display in winning the Ashes was not in danger of being undermined after going down 1-0 in the three-Test series against India.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 14:21 IST

England middle order batsman Kevin Pietersen on on Wednesday insisted that the visitors' superior display in winning the Ashes seriesin 2005was not in danger of being undermined after going down 1-0 in the three-Test series against India.

"I don't think so. Here we are missing four key players and still have done well against India," the swashbuckling batsman said.

England, who are missing skipper Michael Vaughan, Marcus Trescothick, fast bowler Simon Jones and spinner Ashley Giles, suffered a nine-wicket loss in the second Test at Mohali.

The visitors, who lost a Test series in Pakistan 2-0 late last year, have to win the third Test, starting here on Saturday, to hold on to their second rank in the ICC Test championship table.

Pietersen gave credit to Anil Kumble for India's victory in Mohali and said that he would play the leg-spinner with a "positively defensive" approach without changing his basic aggressive batting style.

"Kumble is a great bowler as his 500 wickets show. I have to play him with a big forward stride and be more positively defensive in my approach," Pietersen said.

"I want to keep it as simple as I can, stick to the basics. Unfortunately instinct plays a big part in the way I play, but I am not going to change much."

Pietersen said India's leading wicket-taker played a bigger part in the hosts' nine-wicket win in the second Test though debutant Munaf Patel also bowled well, particularly on the final day.