Kevin Pietersen Compares England ODI Side With Another Great ODI Side

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Kevin Pietersen Compares Present England ODI Side With Another Great ODI Side 

Kevin Pietersen Compares Present England ODI Side With Another Great ODI Side
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Former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen has recently compared the present England ODI side with the past great Australian ODI side.

The present no.1-ranked ODI side England is currently in an excellent form in white-ball cricket. Since the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, England has won 26 matches out of their 38 ODIs (eight lost and four had no results). Since May 2018, They are standing on the top of the ODI ranking.

At present, the England cricket team is busy in the five-match home ODI series against Pakistan. After the first three matches of this series, England has taken the 2-0 lead. The first match of the series had no result as The Oval (London) match was mostly washed out in the rain.

In the second match of this series at Southampton, England batsmen dominated over Pakistan bowlers. While all the top four batsmen scored 40+ runs (three half-centuries), Jos Buttler scored England’s second fastest ODI century. Though the visiting side fought very well, England won that match by 12 runs.

Kevin Pietersen, England
England cricket team against Pakistan (Image Credit: Getty Images)

On last Tuesday (14th May), in the third match of the ongoing series at Bristol, England successfully chased their second highest ODI total. Pakistan managed to put a total of 358/9 on the board in the first innings, thanks to the opener Imam-ul-Haq‘s 151 runs. However, English openers provided a solid reply that led them to win that match comfortably. Opener Jonny Bairstow was the hero of the match by scoring 128 runs off 93 balls. The host side chased down that 359 runs target in 44.5 overs after losing four wickets.

This England ODI side is like that great Aussie side – Kevin Pietersen

Observing England’s impressive ODI performances in recent times, Kevin Pietersen applauded this side. He compared with the past great Australian sides where Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting like players took the major responsibilities in batting. This trio helped Australia to win the 2003 and 2007 ICC Cricket World Cups while both times Australia was the unbeaten champions.

Kevin Pietersen, England
Kevin Pietersen (Image Credit – Getty Images)

On Wednesday (15th May), Pietersen wrote on his official Twitter account, “This England ODI side is like that great Aussie side…if (Matthew) Hayden didn’t get you, then (Ricky) Ponting would & if they missed out, (Adam) Gilchrist would. This England team, the same, (Jason) Roy, (Jonny) Bairstow, (Jos) Buttler etc…SOOOOO good!”

England is one of the favourite sides for the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will start very soon. England and Wales will host the upcoming Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July. A total of ten teams will participate in this 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup. These teams are Australia (defending champions), England (host), New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Windies.

Kevin Pietersen, England
England cricket team (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Many experts have put England to one of the hot favourite seats for the forthcoming Cricket World Cup. Many of them believe that the upcoming Cricket World Cup will be the best chance ever for England to win this trophy. One of the oldest international cricket teams England hasn’t won any Cricket World Cup yet. However, they have finished as the runners-up in the Cricket World Cup history for thrice (1979, 1987 and 1992).

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