Pietersen wary of backlash

KP warns England not to get carried away

Last Updated: 07/12/10 7:54am

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Man-of-the-match Kevin Pietersen has warned England not to get carried away by their emphatic victory at the Adelaide Oval.

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"Australia are going to get better and we're going to have to play better cricket going into Perth and Melbourne and Sydney."
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England secured a stunning victory by an innings and 71 runs after ripping through the Australia resistance on the final morning.

Pietersen's superb knock of 227 provided the platform for England's victory, while he also claimed the critical wicket of Michael Clarke for 80 in the final over of the fourth day.

But Pietersen believes England should beware of a backlash from the wounded hosts in Perth.

"Australia are a formidable team here in Australia and we're only 1-0 up in the series and there are still three Tests to play - anything can happen in those three Tests," he told Sky Sports.

"Australia are going to get better and we're going to have to play better cricket going into Perth and Melbourne and Sydney, because normally an England team doesn't finish off a series too well, so we've got to make sure we've got out heads on."

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Graeme Swann picked up 5-91 as England polished off the tail - and the off-spinner claimed the wicket of Michael Hussey had been crucial.

Hussey had been the thorn in England's side throughout the series - and despite hitting his second half-century of the match, he was dismissed by Steven Finn for 52.

"It was a dream session," said Swann.

"To get Hussey early on is exactly what we were looking for. Good old Finny came to the party, and when that ball went in the air I don't think there were 10 more excited players.

"To get him out, it started the procession. As the fielding side that was just what the doctor ordered. You don't want an hour and a half without any wickets and then looking over your shoulder and seeing the clouds building up."

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