Runs please Pietersen

KP not concerned with late dismissal at the Rose Bowl

Last Updated: 19/06/11 8:54am

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Kevin Pietersen said that he was not frustrated to miss out on a century after his "brilliant" innings on day three of the third Test against Sri Lanka at the Rose Bowl.

Pietersen fell 15 runs short of a first Test hundred in England since 2008 when he edged Thisara Perera behind on a rain-affected day at the Hampshire venue.

But the powerful batsman insists he was not disappointed with the dismissal and instead chose to take the positives from his innings, which helped England to a first-innings lead of 11 after they finished the day on 195-4.

"Actually it wasn't frustrating at all. To play the way I've played today has given me a lot of happiness," Pietersen said.

"To have gone back to basics and hit the ball straight and kept penetrating the opposite stumps, and playing in three or four areas, for me was brilliant.

"If you'd said to me this morning 85 and to play the way I played, the hundreds will come - and a lot of them, I hope."

Pietersen drove with authority down the ground and through the off-side, and was rarely tempted by what were once his trademark whips to midwicket.

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"If you'd said to me this morning 85 and to play the way I played, the hundreds will come - and a lot of them, I hope."
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He added: "I had three or four scoring areas I've been really working hard on.

"One of them was the ball that got me out, half-volley under the eyes hitting it through extra-cover, hitting it down the ground, and then short balls I look to score off.

"Those are the few areas I look to score well off, and then bat time and be patient. They bowled pretty straight to me, and I was lucky enough to line it up really well."

Pietersen looked to be throwing caution to the wind towards the end of the day but he denied that he was in a rush to reach three figures before the close of play.

"There was only one or two overs left. I'd have had to have played one or two outrageous strokes to have got to a hundred tonight," he said.

"I just did exactly what I'd done the whole time I batted - if it was in my areas, half-volley out there, hit it, because point was really far behind. All I needed to do was hit it through extra-cover and pick up some more runs for the team."

The 30-year-old was given a warm welcome despite his recent acrimonious split with Hampshire and said he was not surprised that he was given a good reception.

Pietersen said: "The reception was fantastic. I don't see why it would be frosty. I just changed county - which I'm sure hundreds and thousands of cricketers have done before."

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