Cricket: Pietersen: Let's Make History! England Need Ashes Miracle

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Byline: By MARTIN ROGERS

KEVIN PIETERSEN promised to carry the first-Test fight to Australia and told his England team-mates: "Let's change history."

The Aussies, who closed day two at Lord's 314 runs ahead with three second-innings wickets remaining, are this morning red-hot favourites at 2-9, but Pietersen said: "I definitely believe we can turn this around.

"We thought the wicket would get worse but it has actually got better to bat on.

"If we get them out before lunch tomorrow we'll still have two and a half days to get the runs and we will be confident of chasing down any total.

"We are in a good position to win the game and change history. It could have gone better if I had held a few catches, but that's cricket."

England's highest-ever winning total at Lords remains the 282

they racked up to defeat New Zealand 14 months ago.

Pietersen dropped his third chance of the match when he put down Michael Clarke, who went on to make a swashbuckling and rapid-fire 91 to put Australia in command.

However, Pietersen was adamant his confidence would not be affected.

He said: "I have dropped loads of catches in my career so I am not going to get worried about it.

"It was a downer, but no-one has gone through their career never having dropped a catch."

Clarke was disappointed to have missed out on a century at Lords but insisted the Aussies are in a commanding position to take a 1-0 lead .

"We are definitely in charge and it will be hard for England to score enough runs," he said. …