KP eyeing greatest year

England batsman wants historic World Cup win

Last Updated: 09/02/11 6:11pm

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Kevin Pietersen says that winning the upcoming World Cup would complete the greatest year in the history of English cricket.

"We want to win the World Cup, so our energies, our attention to detail now turns fully to India and we'll be on the money in India, don't worry about that."
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England won the ICC World Twenty20 last May, before claiming Test series wins against Bangladesh and Pakistan in the summer and then retaining the Ashes in Australia.

And if their success continues with a maiden victory in cricket's most prestigious tournament, Pietersen says it would be a remarkable and historic achievement.

"We're going to a World Cup, and World Cups are incredible events," the Surrey Lions batsman told Sky Sports News HD.

"We've had an incredible 12 months, (winning would) cap off the most remarkable 12 months in English cricket history.

"It doesn't matter if we've got three or four days (to prepare), that's exactly what we've got. We've got to focus our attention on being as positive as we can to go and do a job in India and that's exactly how the boys are feeling."

England will have to arrest a poor run of one-day form if they are to take the crown, however, after they suffered a 6-1 drubbing in the recent seven-match series with Australia.

Drained

Pietersen hinted that the squad was left drained after the resounding win in the Ashes series and expects a vastly improved performance at the World Cup.

"We went out there to win the Ashes, we obviously achieved that," the 30-year-old added.

"We put a lot of time, a lot of energy, a lot of concentration, a lot of dedication into winning the Ashes. Obviously the one-dayers didn't go according to plan.

"We want to win the World Cup, so our energies, our attention to detail now turns fully to India and we'll be on the money in India, don't worry about that."

England will have to cope without Eoin Morgan in the tournament, and Pietersen admits the batsman's broken finger is a big blow to the side.

He said: "(It is a) huge loss. Morgs has been a fantastic member in the middle order for the last couple of years, he's done so well for England.

"And he's absolutely distraught, playing his first World Cup for England is a huge thing and it's someone who is going to be really missed in our middle order."

Following the World Cup and the IPL, Pietersen hopes to play for the Surrey Lions in the Friends Provident t20 - a competition you can follow on Sky Sports.

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