Cocky Pietersen just what England need

2008-08-19 00:00

South Africa now only open their one-day international campaign against England at Headingley on Friday after the Twenty20 game scheduled for tonight was called off yesterday.

Pietersen’s already substantial ego received a definite boost when England clinched the last Test match of the series against South Africa and provided Pietersen with his first win as Test captain. Without wishing to take anything away from the English victory at the Oval, Pietersen most definitely had it all his way. South Africa were off the boil with the series already under their belt and were not as focussed as they should have been.

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