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KP eyes confidence boost

Natwest Series present England with perfect warm-up

Pietersen: Confident

Pietersen: Confident

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Kevin Pietersen believes England can strike a blow against the Australians ahead of this winter's Ashes.

"It's a huge boost to beat Australia away from England and it's something we haven't done for a long time."

Kevin Pietersen

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England are due to face their old enemy in five one-day games before matches against Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Pietersen insists the Natwest Series against Australia will be a good chance to score some psychological points ahead of the opening Ashes Test Down Under on November 25.

And having already beaten the Aussies to win the ICC World Twenty20 title, Pietersen claims there is a real feel-good atmosphere among the squad.

"It would have been nice only to play them again on November 25 after we beat them in Barbados but if we play the way we played in the Caribbean then we're moving in the right direction," he told Sky Sports News.

"A lot of our good players and experienced players are coming to the party and we're all dovetailing with each other.

Consistency

"If one guy doesn't do well another guy does. The key to beating Australia is for all 11 to dovetail together - or all 12, 13, 14 even 15 if they get an opportunity to come in.

"Everyone talks about this word consistency but we've been doing it for a while and we have had some good results in the last 18 months so we want to continue that."

England will head Down Under knowing their last visit ended in a humiliating 5-0 drubbing.

However Pietersen reckons the victory over the Aussies in the Caribbean shows England can topple them away from favourable home conditions.

"It's a huge boost to beat Australia away from England and it's something we haven't done for a long time," he said.

"They always beat us in Australia and they beat us in the the semi-final of the Champions Trophy (in South Africa) too.

"Whenever I've played Australia away from home we've never really come up trumps but to win (the World Twenty20) the way we did - I think India were only team we didn't get to beat on the big stage...that will give us a lot of confidence."