KP trains despite thumb injury

Batsman in contention for tour-ending T20

Last Updated: 28/10/11 2:36pm

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Kevin Pietersen: Broken thumb

Kevin Pietersen: Broken thumb

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Kevin Pietersen practised with his England team-mates in Kolkata on Friday as he tried to prove his fitness for the one-off Twenty20 against India.

Pietersen, who broke his thumb last weekend, had to miss the final one-day international of the 5-0 series whitewash defeat by India.

The middle-order batsman has remained optimistic about his chances of playing at Eden Gardens on Saturday and England may leave it to match day to make a final decision.

England will drop from first to third in the T20 world rankings if they lose, behind India and Sri Lanka but stand-in skipper Graeme Swann insists the mood in the camp is upbeat.

"Everyone's buzzing, looking forward to it," he said. "The spirit in the camp is still very good - which is unusual for a team that's lost 5-0.

"We are T20 champions, the current ones playing the previous ones. It's a battle for the best Twenty20 team in the world.

"We have a nice chance to draw a line under the 50-over series, and we'll be looking to approach this match with a freshness. Let's face it...it can't get any worse than it did the other night, so we might as well go out there and enjoy it."

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